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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.”
—Lisa Gardner

“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.”
—Michael Connelly

Suspicion is Joseph Finder at the absolute top of his form:  a heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed, utterly terrifying ride.”
—Tess Gerritsen

"Is this Joseph Finder's best thriller yet?  It gets my vote. So many twists and shocks. It kept me reading all night."
—R.L. Stine

"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."
Suspense Magazine

"[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


“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.”
USA Today

“Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hairpin turns.”
The Washington Post on High Crimes

"A powerhouse tale." 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dan Goodman is a blocked writer who long ago spent the advance on a new book that has just been cancelled. A step away from financial ruin, Goodman can't pay his daughter's private school tuition, much less the cost of the class trip to Italy. His divorced wife (Abby's mother) died from cancer, Abby's step-father has no interest in her, and Goodman feels too guilty to deny Abby the only thing in months that has made her smile. When Tom Galvin, the wealthy father of Abby's new friend, offers to front the cost of the trip, Goodman grudgingly accepts. Later, he accepts a loan from Galvin to keep Abby in school. Soon after that, Goodman is told that he is a suspect in a federal drug investigation. He has accepted money from Galvin who (Goodman is told) is suspected by the DEA of managing money for a Mexican drug cartel. Goodman protests his innocence, but his pleas are meet with threats to lock him up for 30 years if he does not cooperate by getting the goods on Galvin.

A number of plot twists ensue after the premise is established. The twists are not entirely unexpected, which is a bit disappointing, but they are well executed. Unlike so many modern thriller writers, Joseph Finder tells a plausible story. Galvin and Goodman are both likable characters. Finder manages to make the reader root for both of them, even though they are often at odds and despite Goodman's less than admirable employment. If you're looking for villains to dislike, Finder provides plenty of ruthless characters to fill that role. One of them (the "angel of death") is a stereotype of sinister villains, although Finder does make an effort to make him an interesting killer.

Suspicion incorporates the usual tricks of suspense creation.
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When I read a great book I write short reviews. When I read a book I don’t like, I tend to go on and on and on explaining what I thought about it, why I didn’t like it.

My review of Mr. Finder’s “Suspicion” will be very short. Why? Because it was a very good book.

This is only the 2nd book by Mr. Finder I’ve read. The first one, Killer Instinct, was also an excellent book. Apparently, based on other reviews, “Suspicion” is a bit of a departure. It seems that the author usually writes books that can be considered ‘office suspense.’ This novel was different from the author’s usual forte—but WOW.

The book has numerous twists and turns. Every time you think you know where it’s heading, the author pulls the rug out from under you and takes you in a different direction.

It’s one of those novels where the protagonist, Danny Goodman, continually tried to do the right thing but gets deeper and deeper into trouble. Just when you think things can’t possibly get any worse, they do.
The novel started out great and never let up.

If you enjoy well-written books with plot twists and unexpected turns, do yourself a favor. There’s nothing suspicious about Suspicion. It’s a wonderful novel
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When I know Joseph Finder has a new book coming out I start my "countdown to great reading" and, as usual, I am thrilled with this new book. The plot is simple. A frustrated writer with a daughter in a prep school finds himself financially in tough times. His daughter has befriended someone at school and and the family of her new friend really has taken a liking to her. The family is filthy rich and Danny Goodman cannot see that with that family and their money there are secrets that cannot be told.

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.
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How good is Suspicion? Let me put it this way: for the first time in a great while, I literally couldn’t put the book down — I HAD to know who was doing what to whom!

Danny Goodman is writing a biography of Jay Gould, the archetypal 19th century Robber Baron, when he crosses paths with Tom Galvin, an extremely wealthy investment manager, at the snotty private school where their 16-year-old daughters have struck up a close friendship. Danny is in deep trouble financially — between book advances, as it were — but finds a white knight in Tom, who befriends him. The two are both sons of blue-collar families and hit it off. Acting out of friendship, Tom loans Danny a large sum to bail him out.

Then the trouble starts. Big trouble. Life-threatening Big Trouble involving not one but two Mexican drug cartels. With taut prose, the increasingly complex plot of Suspicion steadily unwinds, building to a crescendo.

Joseph Finder is no stranger to thrilling tales of suspense. However, unlike so many of his peers in the field, his writing is not formulaic. A few of his books feature a stock hero, Nick Heller, but most are standalone tales built around their own complex logic. Finder has discovered high drama in industrial espionage, international finance, terrorism, and war in Central America.

I’ve read and reviewed a number of Finder’s other books, including Buried Secrets, The Zero Hour, and High Crimes. Every one of these novels is a fine example of the genre.
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