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Paranoia Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel (after High Crimes) the most entertaining thriller of 2004? Probably, but it will be a surprise if another suspenser proves as much sheer fun as Finder's robust tale of corporate espionage. Narrator Adam Cassidy's trip to hell begins when he charges to the company an unauthorized, very expensive party for a retiring blue-collar laborer at their place of work, Wyatt Telecom. Caught, low-level staffer Adam is given an offer he can't refuse by monstrously slick and wealthy CEO Nick Wyatt: penetrate rival high-tech giant Trion Systems and get the goods on Trion's killer new products, or face a battery of felony charges. Adam accepts the deal, and days later he's at Trion, along with false credentials that persuade Trion that he was a key player at Wyatt Telecom, rather than a cube-squatting shlub. Finder presents Adam's thrust into Trion as the scary, grand adventure of a stranger in a strange land, as Adam must contend with a new corporate culture and a host of envious enemies, particularly once he's tapped to be Trion founder Jock Goddard's personal assistant. As Adam comes to admire, even to love, Jock, the demands by Wyatt for ever better intel grate all the more. But if Adam refuses, prison awaits, and anyway he loves his big new salary and perks, not to mention his new, lovely Trion bedmate. Adam's love/hate relationship with his bitter, dying dad and his fragmenting friendship with a pal he's left behind add texture to the relentless suspense, punctuated by tense cloak-and-dagger scenes as Adam steals secrets from his new bosses. A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes.
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From The New Yorker
In another age, a genre thriller fairly required the brandishing of a weapon and blood smeared on the floor. Finder's latest is the archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form: e-mail is the means of communication and threat, industrial espionage among nasdaq competitors the field of violence. The novel's great strength is its fetishistic attention to the idioms and buzzwords of the tech business and the up-to-the-second catalogue of perfidy's rewards: the particular Bordeaux or the particular Porsche that tickles the impulses of the New Greedy. For a while, Finder's plot seems less vivid than the status details he gives such attention to, but late in the book we discover how completely we have been fooled, and with real escapist pleasure.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When his employers opt not to arrest him for corporate fraud, among other things, Adam is relieved, but only temporarily. Instead, they want to plant him as a spy in the upper echelon of their largest competitor, Trion Systems. Not believing in his own talents, Adam at first balks at the idea-but he's left little choice. Do it, or go to prison for the rest of his life.
All is not as it seems at Trion. Adam finds that with the insider information he's fed by Wyatt, he's able to move smoothly up the corporate ladder, feeling a bit like James Bond. He makes nearly three times as much money, is given a Porsche and a highly desirable condo in the poshest high-rise in the city, Adam begins to enjoy his double life. That is until he begins to suspect that something isn't right. Those he trusts show signs of being untrustworthy, and soon he feels trapped between two evils: himself, and Wyatt.
Publisher's Weekly has billed this as "the first blockbuster of 2004," and Finder very well may live up to that hype. With a tight storyline, incredible dramatic tension, well-developed characters, and more twists than a Chinese knot factory, "Paranoia" has already been added to my top ten all-time favorite reads, and should be on yours, as well! Purchase two copies of this thriller, as you'll want one for home and one to carry with you wherever else you go.