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Absolute Risk

Absolute Risk

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by Steven Gore

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Absolute Risk is the work of a talented writer who knows how to hook his readers from the opening line.”
—Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Silent


Absolute Risk is the work of a talented writer who knows how to hook his readers from the opening line.”
—Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Witness


A new star in the thriller firmament, Steven Gore brings back investigator Graham Gage for a second assignment (after Final Target)—as Gage and his wife are caught up in the lethal machinations of a worldwide financial plot rooted in China. Absolute Risk, like its acclaimed predecessor, is an international thriller for grown-ups: riveting, surprising, intelligent, and frighteningly believable.

Editorial Reviews

Richard North Patterson
“A brisk pace and an intriguing plot make the pages turn themselves.”
Library Journal
Graham Gage, a private detective with entrée into many high-level organizations, is hired by the head of the Federal Reserve to make sense of a number of seemingly unconnected incidents involving the FBI, international spying, murder, and the possible collapse of the American economy. While Gage moves around the United States, to France, and then to Washington, DC, his wife, who is on an archaeological dig in China, is captured by an unscrupulous army general and is used to put pressure on the U.S. government to undermine a Chinese political uprising. VERDICT Vast knowledge of international affairs, economics, politics, and psychology add depth to Gore's second novel featuring Gage (Final Target). The possibility of his plot devices coming to fruition is alarmingly real in today's world. Brad Meltzer and Vince Flynn fans will love this. [Poisoned Press is issuing a limited hardcover edition, ISBN 9781590587713. $24.95.—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews

Terrorists don't need bombs to blow up a financial system, private investigator Graham Gage learns the hard way in the not-quite-so-successful follow-up toFinal Target(2010).

In the nation's financial world, the clouds are darkening, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Milton Abrams. It's a gut feeling, growing on him that the United States has become vulnerable to inimical forces sophisticated enough about money to use it like a weapon of mass destruction. Nothing definite, still unsettling things have been happening, thinks Abrams. A brilliant economist, Hani Ibrahim, has disappeared after falling from grace. An ex-FBI agent, Michael Hennessy, who also fell from grace, sort of, has been reported as a suicide. No one but Abrams frets much about the Ibrahim-Hennessy connection, but that doesn't stop the newly appointed Fed Chairman from worrying. Yes, he's aware that Hennessy had been reproaching himself bitterly for besmirching Ibrahim's reputation—plausible, perhaps, as a suicide motive—but he knows, too, that there are those in various corridors of power who'd be pleased if both men were vaporized, one way or another. Some of those corridors are in far-flung places, of course, as far-flung as China, for instance. That being the case, the question robbing Abrams of sleep is when does a suicide only resemble a suicide? Or, is the odor he's been sniffing recently the acrid smell of financial conspiracy? Enter Gage, San Francisco PI, summoned by Abrams to find out what Hennessy knew that might have made him inconvenient enough to murder. Tough, resourceful and bulldog stubborn, Gage goes to work, certain that in focusing on Hennessy he's also following the money.

Ponzi schemes and the like are so dutifully explained by Gore that they undercut narrative drive and dampen excitement. Too bad, because there are good things in this novel.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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A Graham Gage Thriller , #2
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Richard North Patterson
“A brisk pace and an intriguing plot make the pages turn themselves.”

Meet the Author

Steven Gore is a former private investigator turned “masterful” writer (Publishers Weekly), who  combines “a command of storytelling” with “insider knowledge” (Library Journal). With a unique voice honed on the street and in the Harlan Donnally and Graham Gage novels, Gore’s stories are grounded in his decades spent investigating murder; fraud; organized crime; corruption; and drug, sex, and arms trafficking throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured on 60 Minutes and honored for investigative excellence. Gore lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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panache22 More than 1 year ago
There are many other books to read. Has a good premise; I don't really want to know the author's feelings about wealth distribution in a thriller type of book. If he wishes to enlarge on his opinions, he should write a non-fiction book on the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book that doesnt know what it wants to be-an economic political religious detective novel/lecture?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fed Reserve Chair Milton Abrams asks San Francisco private investigator Graham Gage to investigate the death of a former FBI agent Michael Hennessy in France just before they were to meet even though it appears to be a suicide. His inquiry leads Gage to deported MIT Economics Professor Hani Ibrahim, who was kicked out of the country after Hennessey proved he was leading a money laundering scheme to fund foreign terrorists. In rural China, an earthquake causes mass destruction and leads to anger and rioting from fuming workers upset with the government response. Their insurgency places the mission of Gage's wife Faith to rescue two Chinese friends from government forces in peril. Gage finds evidence that Ibrahim, using a too big to fail hedge fund, is plotting a terrorist assault on the fragile world economy. However, his work endangers his spouse from Ibrahim's subordinates. Meanwhile, evangelical President Cooper Wallace believes the global economic recession is part of God's master plan so he has doubts if he should intervene in alleviating the crisis. The second gage tale (see Final Target) is a fabulous somewhat over the top financial thriller. Fast-paced, Steven Gore provides the reader with incredible insight into the too big to fail funding yet with plenty of macroeconomics, the action never slows down. Readers will want to join Gage as he hops from California to Marseille to China following the money trail. Harriet Klausner
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