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Biographer Danny Goodman is struggling to raise his teenage daughter, Abby, after his ex-wife’s death. When Abby’s private school notifies him that she’ll be expelled unless Danny pays his astronomical tuition bill, he dreads forcing more change in Abby’s life. So, Danny thinks he’s dodged an emotional bullet when he accepts a loan from Thomas Galvin, father of Abby’s best friend. But, before relief sinks in, Danny is summoned to an undercover DEA office and informed that the loan implicates him in their case against Galvin, a money-launderer for the Sinaloa drug cartel. Danny can either work undercover or face indictment, and a public indictment will alert chainsaw-wielding cartel enforcers. Danny takes the DEA’s deal, but he’s no 007, and every moment undercover is torture. Thriller veteran Finder merits applause for this streamlined story made believable by Danny’s everyman character; readers will find his palpable guilt and fear instantly relatable. For a cartel read-alike, try Richard Lange’s Angel Baby (2013). --Christine Tran


Praise for Suspicion:

"A can't-miss thriller...Suspicion is arguably Joseph Finder's best novel to date, and he's one of the best thriller writers in the business. He's a master at making the reader feel every emotion, jump at every shock and squirm with every twist that Danny must overcome.”  —Associated Press

"[Suspicion] sets the suspense level to a pitch that will keep even the coolest readers sweating."—The Boston Globe

“Lock yourself in a room with Suspicion and don’t come out until you’ve read every last word. Completely original, emotionally satisfying, expertly twisted, and genuinely entertaining. Suspicion is the thriller to read this year. I loved it.”
—Lisa Gardner

“Joseph Finder has always been out there on the front edge of things. With Suspicion he does it again, giving us a novel that is as timely and cognizant of contemporary society as it is a startling seat of the pants thrill ride. In Finder's hands one man's fight for survival becomes an everyman's journey to the light.”
—Michael Connelly

Suspicion is Joseph Finder at the absolute top of his form:  a heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed, utterly terrifying ride.”
—Tess Gerritsen

"Is this Joseph Finder's best thriller yet?  It gets my vote. So many twists and shocks. It kept me reading all night."
—R.L. Stine

"Finder fans as well as devotees of action-packed suspense have a great read ahead. The taut pacing, staccato chapters, and ingenious plot, especially Finder's characteristically creative use of digital surveillance techniques, guarantees a literary thrill ride."
Library Journal, starred review 

"There are many authors who take a reader 'slowly into that good night.' However, the real genius knows how to create the ultimate lead-in. They are the wordsmiths who can, in one page or one paragraph, grab the reader's attention and never let go...A true genius wordsmith, this is one author who has created solid suspense gold."
Suspense Magazine

"[A] lean, crisp thriller—a zipping Jaguar of a ride...The plot turns—three major ones—are as shocking as they are believable...his spare, laminated style is several cuts above that of most thrillers." —Publishers Weekly

"Thriller veteran Finder merits applause for this streamlined story made believable by Danny's everyman character; readers will find his palpable guilt and fear instantly relatable." - Booklist

"Full of intriguing characters, squirmy, fast-paced action and a nifty, convoluted plot, Finder's latest is a real keeper. It's likely to keep you flipping pages until you reach the final, unexpected conclusion." - Lansing State Journal


“A master of the modern thriller.”
The Boston Globe

“Getting a grip on the modern corporate world has always been more difficult for fiction writers. I think Joe Finder does it better than anyone.”
—Malcolm Gladwell on Killer Instinct

“Jet-propelled . . . this twisting, stealthily plotted story . . . weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web . . . [with a] killer twist for the end.”
The New York Times on Paranoia

“Last year belonged to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code . . . this year’s first contender for Page-turner of the Year is Joseph Finder’s Paranoia.”
USA Today

“Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hairpin turns.”
The Washington Post on High Crimes

"A powerhouse tale." 
Chicago Tribune on High Crimes

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Finder's plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

Born in Chicago, Joe spent his early childhood living around the world, including Afghanistan and the Philippines. In fact, Joe's first language -- even before English -- was Farsi, which he spoke as a child in Kabul. After a stint in Bellingham, WA, his family finally settled outside of Albany, NY.

After taking a high school seminar on the literature and history of Russia, Joe was hooked. He went on to major in Russian studies at Yale, where he also sang with the school's legendary a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs (and likes to boast that he sang next to Ella Fitzgerald, an honorary Whiffenpoof). Joe graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, then completed a master's degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and later taught on the Harvard faculty. He was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency but eventually decided he preferred writing fiction.

His first book, published in 1983 when Joe was only 24, was RED CARPET: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE KREMLIN AND AMERICA'S MOST POWERFUL BUSINESSMEN, the first book to reveal that the controversial multi-millionaire Dr. Armand Hammer, the CEO of Occidental Petroleum, had worked for Soviet intelligence in the 1920s and 1930s. (This book is no longer in print.)

But RED CARPET was only part of the story that Joe wanted to tell. So he wrote his first novel - the only way he could legally tell the whole Armand Hammer saga. Published in 1991, THE MOSCOW CLUB described events whose factual truth would only be revealed many years later. THE MOSCOW CLUB was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best spy thrillers of all time and was published in thirty foreign countries.

What followed were three more critically-acclaimed thrillers - EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, THE ZERO HOUR (sold to Twentieth-Century Fox for a record sum) and HIGH CRIMES, which became a 2002 Fox film starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. Joe was invited on the movie set and even cast for a nonspeaking role as a JAG prosecutor.

Published in 2004, PARANOIA represented a major turning point in Joe's career, landing on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. It was his first book to use the ruthless drive, corruption and conspiracy of the corporate world as riveting plotline. PARANOIA was called "fun...movie-ready...[with] twists aplenty..." by Entertainment Weekly. A major motion picture based on PARANOIA is in production now and scheduled for release on August 16, 2013.

Joe's next three novels - COMPANY MAN, KILLER INSTINCT and POWER PLAY - were all bestsellers in which things were decidedly not business as usual. He was quickly hailed as "the CEO of suspense."

In VANISHED, published August 2009 by St. Martin's Press and an immediate bestseller, Joe introduced his new continuing character, "private spy" Nick Heller. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. The second novel in the series, BURIED SECRETS, was published June 2011.

In addition to his fiction, Joe does occasional work for Hollywood, is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Council on Foreign Relations, and has written on espionage and international affairs for a number of publications, including TheDailyBeast.com, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. He roots for the Boston Red Sox and lives in Boston with his wife, daughter, and a needy golden retriever, Mia, a dropout from seeing-eye-dog school.

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Dan Goodman is a blocked writer who long ago spent the advance on a new book that has just been cancelled. A step away from financial ruin, Goodman can't pay his daughter's private school tuition, much less the cost of the class trip to Italy. His divorced wife (Abby's mother) died from cancer, Abby's step-father has no interest in her, and Goodman feels too guilty to deny Abby the only thing in months that has made her smile. When Tom Galvin, the wealthy father of Abby's new friend, offers to front the cost of the trip, Goodman grudgingly accepts. Later, he accepts a loan from Galvin to keep Abby in school. Soon after that, Goodman is told that he is a suspect in a federal drug investigation. He has accepted money from Galvin who (Goodman is told) is suspected by the DEA of managing money for a Mexican drug cartel. Goodman protests his innocence, but his pleas are meet with threats to lock him up for 30 years if he does not cooperate by getting the goods on Galvin.

A number of plot twists ensue after the premise is established. The twists are not entirely unexpected, which is a bit disappointing, but they are well executed. Unlike so many modern thriller writers, Joseph Finder tells a plausible story. Galvin and Goodman are both likable characters. Finder manages to make the reader root for both of them, even though they are often at odds and despite Goodman's less than admirable employment. If you're looking for villains to dislike, Finder provides plenty of ruthless characters to fill that role. One of them (the "angel of death") is a stereotype of sinister villains, although Finder does make an effort to make him an interesting killer.

Suspicion incorporates the usual tricks of suspense creation.
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When I read a great book I write short reviews. When I read a book I don’t like, I tend to go on and on and on explaining what I thought about it, why I didn’t like it.

My review of Mr. Finder’s “Suspicion” will be very short. Why? Because it was a very good book.

This is only the 2nd book by Mr. Finder I’ve read. The first one, Killer Instinct, was also an excellent book. Apparently, based on other reviews, “Suspicion” is a bit of a departure. It seems that the author usually writes books that can be considered ‘office suspense.’ This novel was different from the author’s usual forte—but WOW.

The book has numerous twists and turns. Every time you think you know where it’s heading, the author pulls the rug out from under you and takes you in a different direction.

It’s one of those novels where the protagonist, Danny Goodman, continually tried to do the right thing but gets deeper and deeper into trouble. Just when you think things can’t possibly get any worse, they do.
The novel started out great and never let up.

If you enjoy well-written books with plot twists and unexpected turns, do yourself a favor. There’s nothing suspicious about Suspicion. It’s a wonderful novel
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I am a huge fan of Joseph Finder so I could hardly wait to read this book. After reading some of the good reviews I was sure it would be another great Finder work. But really. Am I the only reader who found the entire basis for the plot to be completely unbelievable? And really, if you were surprised by the "twist" in the middle of the book you simply weren't paying attention. I hate a book where the characters do stupid things (in this case blindly believing stupid things). I almost stopped reading but continued on thinking that it must get better because the reviews were so good. But it didn't get better it just got more unbelievable. Too bad. I won't give up on Finder -- I'm still a big fan but really. Next time let's not be so predictable.
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In "Suspicion," by Joseph Finder, the author captures our interest by craftily incorporating familiar themes into his fast-paced and engrossing narrative. The hero, Danny Goodman, is a single dad and ordinary guy who is struggling to make ends meet. Goodman receives a sudden windfall, supposedly with no strings attached; he soon learns that this infusion of cash has landed him in a heap of trouble.

Goodman is a divorced writer, struggling to finish his long-delayed second manuscript. His sixteen-year-old daughter, Abby, attends an exclusive private school in Boston that charges exorbitant fees. Abby's new BFF, Jenna Galvin, has affluent parents who are thrilled that their troubled daughter is hanging out with a relatively stable girl. Danny gets to know Jenna's dad, Thomas, the source of the aforementioned "loan."

Soon after accepting Galvin's largesse, Goodman finds himself the target of an official investigation. Whom can he trust? Is Galvin's money tainted? How can Danny prove a negative--that he has no knowledge of any wrongdoing and innocently accepted funds to pay for his daughter's tuition? Against his better judgment, he lies to his girlfriend while trying to stay alive and outwit his pursuers.

Finder's engaging style, brisk dialogue, and intriguing twists keep us invested in Goodman's fate. "Suspicion" is a page-turner in which Danny takes considerable risks that could end in disaster. In spite of several over-the-top scenes that require a sizeable suspension of disbelief, Finder delivers an engrossing story about a desperate man who is tested in ways that he could never have anticipated.
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