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Suspicion Hardcover – Print, May 27, 2014
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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.”
“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.”
“Suspicion is Joseph Finder at the absolute top of his form: a heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed, utterly terrifying ride.”
"Is this Joseph Finder's best thriller yet? It gets my vote. So many twists and shocks. It kept me reading all night."
"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."
"[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
PRAISE FOR JOSEPH FINDER AND PREVIOUS NOVELS
“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.”
“Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hairpin turns.”
—The Washington Post on High Crimes
"A powerhouse tale."
- Chicago Tribune on High Crimes
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Thomas Galvin just wants to be friends. After all, their daughters have become inseparable so what's a "loan" between friends, right? The twists and turns begin as Danny Goodman (the writer who is financially in tough times) finds out that the loan has a few issues and those issues are going to cost him dearly.
The problem with this book? I did not want to put it down. :-)
The book moved quickly and the tensions rise as Goodman has to deal with all sorts of people and agencies as he gets deeper into trouble. I loved the book and the twists and turns kept me interested from page one until the last sentence. Thank you, Mr. Finder. Five stars.
It well written, although not so well written that I'd give it 5 stars; it does, though deserve 4 ½ stars.
To be fair, this isn't really the stuff of a typical book club discussion and this book may be satisfactory for some people on a long and boring flight when you're not already into something and don't want to invest in starting a thought provoking read. It may also work as another formulaic Hollywood screenplay adaptation which could make the author a lot of money but, even in its genre, there are far more satisfying plot driven stories with more originality and characters that one can actually feel something for.
This is an OK read if you are on a long flight or passing the time while sick in bed. Otherwise, just avoid it.