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Product Details

  • Series: The Locator Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (March 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738708623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738708621
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Greener makes his debut with a simple, taut premise-a cunning killer out for vengeance, and the man charged with finding him-that gets interesting fast, and then just as quickly hits the brakes. Still, amid overlong (yet mostly compelling) descriptions of bacteria, high finance and the New York Times, Greener has a small triumph of a thriller. When successful Atlanta lawyer Leonard Martin loses his family-wife, daughter and grandchildren-to a vicious strain of e.coli, he wins a $6 million settlement and promptly disappears. Three years later, Martin begins gunning down those connected to Knowland, the meat-packing company responsible, one by one-from line workers to high-powered investment bankers. Vietnam vet Walter Sherman, aka the Locator, is the very expensive independent contractor those high-powered bankers hire to find the killer. Martin's crusade against the greedy executives and Sherman's pursuit have the satisfying sting of justice hard won and moments of whipcrack action, but the fully-formed cast of characters and their moral quandries give the suspense real weight. Though the business details tend to baffle, and the characters can get confusing (Greener refers to them randomly by either first or last name), this makes an ideal beach read. There's another Locator novel in the pipe (an excerpt's included)-let's hope it keeps the complex characters and the nimble thrills, and streamlines the rest.
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From Booklist

Known to those who can find him as the Locator, Vietnam War veteran Walter Sherman finds the people no one else can--including people who don't want to be found. When he is approached by a large corporation to find out who is killing off the firm's executives, Sherman soon discovers that the truth of the matter is far more complicated than he suspected. Greener takes a subject from the business-journalism world--tainted food--and turns it into a rip-roaring thriller. The Locator is an appealing series lead, a reclusive war vet with simple tastes whose highly sought-after abilities as a tracker enable him to pick and choose his cases. The author keeps the thriller format fresh, too, by jumping around chronologically, working the rather complex backstory (the events leading up to the executive assassinations) into the narrative in bits and pieces. Reading the novel is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Greener is working on the second Locator novel; let's hope it's as good as this one. David Pitt
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More About the Author

Richard Greener is the author of "The Locator" novels, THE KNOWLAND RETRIBUTION and THE LACEY CONFESSION. His characters, featuring Walter Sherman, are the basis for THE FINDER TV series on FOX TV in the US and worldwide. Mr. Greener lives in the Atlanta area. He began writing novels under the unique, twin circumstances of pain and uncertainty while on the waiting list for a heart transplant. He received his new heart in 2006. The devastating complications that followed inspired his Kindle Singles memoir, TRAPPED. All's well that ends well and he is alive and still writing today. Mr. Greener does not participate in any social media.

Customer Reviews

Loved the characters.
AKnieter
I read this book, because I had seen the Finder on TV and liked that series.
LTUCF
I look forward to reading more from Mr. Greener.
Charles Bussell

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Marrow on April 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was one of the few I read from beginning to end without reading anything else in between. It "had me at hello." Not only was the plot fascinating and the characters real, multidimensional and possessed of understandable motivations, but the descriptions of cities, countries, resorts, restaurants, offices and locations throughout the country and in various parts of the world were better than any travel book I have read. Greener took me there with him and his characters, and I can't wait to return.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AKnieter on March 20, 2006
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What a satisfying story! It's hard to justify murder, but Richard Greener sets up a great premise! Loved the characters. Loved the detail. It felt like I was walking through every chapter with eyes wide open..and wary. Wish we could see endings like this one in "real life"! That's my kind of justice!

If this is a first novel, can't wait for more!

Bravo, Richard!

Karen
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Brown on April 24, 2006
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A heckuva thrilling storyline, amped up by an author with a keen pen for gripping plot turns, characters of real substance and depth, and the sweet relish of revenge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ECW0647 on April 26, 2011
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I have always thought that Americans confuse justice with revenge. When they cry for justice, what they really want is revenge. That could be a theme of this book.

A firm in New York calculates the cost-benefit ratio of cleaning up a meat plant known to be contaminated with e-coli against possible deaths from eating the bad meat. Three of the 864 people killed happen to be the wife, daughter and grandchild of Leonard Martin, a very successful real estate lawyer in Atlanta.

Martin goes on the skids, sitting around drinking and eating, until he receives a disc and an apology from a researcher who had just committed suicide in New York. Martin pulls himself together, sells his share in the law firm and all his possessions and investments, creates a shell Evangelical organization, pretends to buy property and a skiff in the Bahamas, but really buys 270 acres in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. There he exercises, eats properly, becomes fit and buys and becomes extremely competent with sniper rifles and ammunition. He sets out to achieve what he considers justice by killing those responsible for making the wrong decisions.

Suspense is built by switching between three players: Walter Sherman, a locator, who, as a child never lost anything and developed a skill at finding people; three businessmen who desperately need a killer found, yet they don't know who this person might be; and Leonard Martin. A fourth key individual is Isobel, an obit writer for the Times who is used by both Sherman and Martin for their own ends. Sherman has his own ethical concerns because it has been his practice to simply find people, not follow through once the lost have been recovered. The executives have their own ideas of justice/revenge for the killing of their own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joana Cannon on March 14, 2006
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The reason I loved this book, the plot, the characters, and the writing is that there have

been many times in my own life that I have felt victimized by big companies and

politicians enriching themselves at my expense. And each of those times, I had no power

to do anything but grin and bear it. In this story, someone takes power into his own hands.

The result is like a cross between a suspense thriller and a classy novel. For me, it was a

a wonderful vicarious trip, like being in the front car of a roller coaster without having to

actually be there.

Joana Cannon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on May 1, 2006
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I loved The Knowland Retribution because it's a great read that also makes you question the foundation of our society. Richard Greener's writing is a cross between John Grisham and Robert Ludlum. He creates great characters to which we can connect in both sympathy and dispise. It also questions our justice system, our capitalist society, and our base ethics between right and wrong. Could you turn the other cheek if a big company knowingly released a product that killed all your family because it was a "statistically reasonable risk"??? You find yourself flipping and flopping on your moral fiber as to the whose right and whose wrong. Highly recommended and can't wait to read Greeners next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen L. Bostedo on April 26, 2006
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Do you love John Grisham? Then you will adore Richard Greener.

In The Knowland Retribution Greener captures the complexity and heartlessness that is possible in today's corporate America. His unique story telling ability keeps you guessing till the end and you can see, feel and understand the characters he so adeptly describes. His main character, 'The Locator', is a not so lonely recluse whose complicated past you just begin to understand. Greener plays us perfectly by leaving us wanting more and that is ok by me because "The Lacey Confessions", his next novel in the "Locator" Series, is due out soon from Midnight Ink.

Kristen Bostedo

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B MacKinnon on March 3, 2006
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Amazing! This will be a movie! Grisham, Clancey and NOW Greener! The literary world has been waiting for a hero like The Locator!
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