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The Fixer Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Praise for The Fixer
“[I]f you’re in the mood for tense, witty angst about closed-down career opportunities and dirty money cleansed by family redemption, The Fixer is the way to go.”—The New York Times Book Review
"Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, The Fixer."—Associated Press
“Joseph Finder has written a tense, fast-moving thriller bearing the warning that there may be things you don’t know and should know about your family.”—Washington Times
“Adroitly told with a riveting cast of three-dimensional characters and enlightening reveals aplenty, Finder’s latest standalone should be on everyone’s summer reading list.”—The Strand Magazine
“Joe Finder moves from action to psychological thriller in his scintillating, Boston-based new novel…There’s a wondrous noir aspect to The Fixer that also recalls Dennis Lehane at his best. But Finder, thankfully, isn’t nearly as dark or bleak, and remains a storytelling maestro whose latest hits all the right notes.”—The Providence Journal
"Finder can make reading about someone walking across a room excruciatingly suspenseful…This is a thriller that is as much about redemption as it is about escape. A remarkable exciting read.”—Booklist (starred review)
“The Fixer is [Finder’s] most personal book.... a lively page-turner with smart, tight dialogue.”—The Houston Chronicle
“So many surprises, this book is a definite page-turner and a whole lot of fun to read. A thriller that will keep you up late to find out what will happen next. 5 Stars for this one!”—Suspense Magazine
“The Fixer is a page turner with deep emotional resonance as it explores the mysteries between all fathers and sons.”—CT News
“Engaging, easy and quick reading, along with a practiced blending of action and dialogue.”—San Antonio Express News
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, including Guilty Minds, The Fixer, Suspicion, Vanished, and Buried Secrets. Finder's international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers's Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures. He lives in Boston.
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Top customer reviews
I found myself carrying this book around so I could read it every little chance I got. And, sadly, I'm a fast reader so I breezed through the book and am now just left with the memories of it. Sounds corny, doesn't it? But with a really good book you hate to see the ending roll around because you know it'll probably be a while before another winner shows up on your bookshelf.
Rick Hoffman had been living the good life. He had a great paying job as a reporter, nice home, fancy fiancée on his arm. Then he lost his job and everything else just followed.
So he ends up back in the family house that has been sitting empty for years. And the house is in terrible condition. When Rick starts poking around, trying to figure out what repairs are needed, he comes across a PILE of money hidden in the walls. And so his journey starts, trying to find out:
1. How the money got there.
2. What his father knew about the origins of the moolah.
And this is a treacherous trip he embarks on because there are those out there that don't want his questions answered. But Rick has been an investigative journalist and, despite the dangers involved, wants answers.
As always, author Finder writes compelling prose, drawing the reader in. I wanted the answers too as I read the story.
Believable flawed characters, a relentless storyline, masterful dialogue - this is a thriller that is one of Finder's best (and that's saying a lot).
The Fixer is a decent enough read, and it certainly helped pass the time on a train ride recently. But there are two things that bug me about the story. One is in fact something one of the bad guys says to Rick in the course of the story: the 20-year-old mystery he's trying to solve just doesn't seem worth risking his life for. It's not even particularly interesting. So that failing kind of undermines the whole story. The second--and here's a spoiler--is that there's a fair amount of attention given in the book to Rick's father's treatment. It turns out that there may be a way to get him to talk, and we anticipate that he'll have something very important to say as soon as he can. Maybe he'll ID the bad guys, or maybe the bad guys will find out about his treatment and make sure he's never able to say anything. But no. He dies, of natural causes of all things, and that part of the story simply evaporates. So the story is not as tight as it could be. Still, it's not the worst way to spend a few hours of your time.
I honestly do not blame the author for these things, it has the feel of many of these devices being added in during editing but not smoothly incorporated and backfilled. Perhaps he did not read the final manuscript after copy editing was done. I don't know what the author was going through after he finished the book and before publication. All I know is that there were some flashes of brilliance followed by loss of plot movement, loss of chronology and repeated disappointment each time this happened.
This is the first book I've read by Joseph Finder, I hope his other books are better edited. I will read more and expect better.
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Gave it a three star. The book had to many twists making it too untielievale but I had to keep reading it quickly so the book had to have intrigue .