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The 500: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Quirk
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal-and this time, maybe even kill.

Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500," the elite men and women who really run Washington -- and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.

Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, THE 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder -- and deadlier -- the fall.


Editorial Reviews

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"A thundering David-and-Goliath tale of corruption...This is a real page turner, with high stakes action that doesn't stop. Expect this to be one of the season's most talked-about debut thrillers. A sequel is in the offing and will be much anticipated." (Michele Leber, Booklist (Starred Review) )

"Quirk's engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham's The Firm to the world of political lobbyists...Quirk supplies just enough characterization and journalistic detail of Washington, D.C. life to ground his story as he launches into a streamlined, gripping man-on-the-run thriller." (Publishers Weekly )

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"A thundering David-and-Goliath tale of corruption...This is a real page turner, with high stakes action that doesn't stop. Expect this to be one of the season's most talked-about debut thrillers. A sequel is in the offing and will be much anticipated." (Michele Leber, Booklist (Starred Review) )

"Quirk's engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham's The Firm to the world of political lobbyists...Quirk supplies just enough characterization and journalistic detail of Washington, D.C. life to ground his story as he launches into a streamlined, gripping man-on-the-run thriller." (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316198625
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SCRX2S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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130 of 150 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe the raves June 28, 2012
By katzzz
Format:Hardcover
I admit I didn't get past the first 50 pages because the author's style was not to my liking -- pedestrian thriller stuff and not very believable. But that's not why I'm writing. I looked over the Amazon reviews and I was struck by the similarity of the five star reviews, all gushing gee whiz-this-book-is-so-exciting-I-couldn't-put-it-down, with little else to say except for maybe a brief plot summary straight out of the press release. All of which makes these "reviews" seem suspicious, don't you think? I'm sure a few are from real readers who enjoyed the book, but most of them seem fake. Heck, even some of the three star reviews are glowing recommendations, as if they were planted on purpose so as not to make them appear like obvious put up jobs. I usually find Amazon reader reviews informative and entertaining, but what I smell is a disingenuous marketing campaign in a forum where it does not belong. Boo.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly executed Grisham rip-off January 31, 2013
Format:Hardcover
It takes a bad book for me not to finish reading it but in this case it was a relief. If Grisham wasn't so wealthy he could sue for copyright infringement because this book is an blatant ripoff of The Firm. Instead of Mitch having a brother in jail in the 500 it's the father. Too many similarities to overlook and poor writing, characters, plot, etc.
I did not read any reviews before taking this book out of the library so had no preconceptions.

I can understand why some people would like this book if they hadn't read any Grisham but once you've read good writing you will not be able to put up with a poor copy job. (I will stipulate that not all of Grisham novels are top notch, just the majority).
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Every Man Has A Price" June 29, 2012
By Ethan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Every man has a price". That seems to be the motivating factor in the debut novel, "The 500", by Matthew Quirk. In the book, Quirk depicts the inner workings of Washington D.C.'s five-hundred most influential people, through an imaginative and engaging thriller.

Mike Ford is an outsider. As a student at the prestigious Harvard Law, Mike works hard to live up to the societal standards of his affluent classmates. Unlike his peers, Mike, the son of a convicted felon, has grown up in a world of crime. After his disease stricken mother passed away, he was left with a jailed father, his mother's medical bills, and the choice to either make a better life for himself or meet the same fate as his father.

A standout at Harvard, Mike is given the opportunity to be an associate at The Davies Group, a powerful consulting firm in Washington. The group is paid by individuals, corporations, and special interest groups to influence the movers and shakers of Washington, the 500. Henry Davis, who formed the company, sees a spark of himself in Mike and quickly appoints him to a high profile deal that could lead to his partnership.

Essentially, The Davies Group uses the knowledge that "every man has a price" to find ways to "influence" the heavy players in the D.C. scene. Mikes street knowledge helps him to climb the ladder, providing more fortune, connections, and prestige than he could ever have dreamed of. When Davies pulls Mike off of his major deal, Mike immediately suspects foul play. He enters a conspiracy that threatens everything he has worked for and even his life.

Matthew Quirk has been compared to veteran legal thriller author John Grisham.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting June 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Matthew Quirk's debut novel, The 500, has arrived just in time to please those summer readers who love a heart-pounding fast-paced plot. Protagonist Mike Ford has been recruited out of Harvard to work for the Davies Group, the most powerful consulting firm in D.C. Much of the action in the novel is so implausible that every reader's willing suspension of disbelief is severely tested. I can almost imagine Quirk's strain in deciding how to place Ford into a particular sticky situation, and then struggling to get him out. I kept reading because I found the excitement to become fun as the novel progressed, and once I gave in, it was easy to reach the end. I'm always willing to overlook a few clunky elements in a debut novel, and I was entertained by this one. Readers willing to give a first-time novelist a try should consider reading this novel.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Firm" of summer 2012 June 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover
"The 500" deserves to be a hot summer read of 2012. The Firm by John Grisham feels like the most apt comparison to me, but not Presumed Innocent the book's media releases suggest.

"The 500" is an engaging, engrossing, action novel that features some fine writing. It is not however the ultimate summer thriller. The plot strained credulity many times with the hero Mike Ford's incredible luck as he escaped time after time. I was also annoyed that Ford's girlfriend Annie, who had worked at the consulting firm longer than Ford had, was so naive and ignorant of the depth of the firm's shady dealings. Ford was taking his life into his hands by getting involved with this woman, because there was a high possibility it was a setup by his boss. Annie should have had more substance and relevance as a character, but she came off as the girlfriend, the prize.

The finale left me unsatisfied in a way that is hard to articulate without spoiling the whole plot. Overall, "The 500" was a fun summer read--quick if you are looking for a diversion at the beach or on a long flight. Very cinematic and it will make a good movie, which is already in the works.

3.5 stars If you want to know my idea of a 4-star summer read I recommend Await Your Reply or Tana French's mysteries such as In the Woods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh.
I listened to the audio book. It's ok, but not very clever and is hard to believe. Also, there are some editing errors on disk 1 around track 9. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ray Barrington
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to finish.
This is an OK read. If you can't accept the premise, you shouldn't read the book, and this one gets progressively less probable as the story evolves. Read more
Published 15 days ago by readsalot
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grisham-esque story.
It was an interesting story. The writing style and plot is similar to Grisham's "The Client."
Published 17 days ago by BJK
2.0 out of 5 stars It's pure sophomoric drivel which reads like an expansion from the...
The guy who suggested this for our book club got thoroughly lambasted when we met. This is an incredible (that is to say, not credible) story with silly plot twists and weakly... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Taxlor
1.0 out of 5 stars Not with the read.
Parts of the book were interesting and it created some suspense but overall it had many very implausible situations that made it an unsatisfactory reading experience.
Published 1 month ago by Christoph L. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Good First Novel
Not a bad novel for a first attempt. It's a decent thriller, except that I'm getting a little tired of the motif of hero (and/or heroine) as ultimately beautiful, ultimately... Read more
Published 1 month ago by eanthonylch
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully awful!
As other reviewers have noted, this book is a terrible ripoff of Grisham's The Firm. My addition to the dialog is that it also rips off the TV show MacGyver with the hero's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frequent Amazon Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. While there were some similarities with The Firm, this book stands on its own merit. It's a page turner and I would highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Jodel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story. Went a little long in the telling.
Published 2 months ago by Steven D. Ironmonger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought this as an amazon recommendation and am thrilled the second one has just come out.
Published 2 months ago by Astraea
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