Final Target

Final Target

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by Steven Gore
     
 

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Final Target is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters.”

—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of

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Final Target is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters.”

—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Fugitive

 

Author Steven Gore is the real deal—a private investigator with three decades of international experience—and he makes a serious splash with Final Target. An intelligent, gripping, unputdownable story of corporate and political corruption, conspiracy, and murder that careens around the globe at breakneck speed, Final Target recalls the best work of Richard North Patterson as it captivates with authentic detail. Cornelia Read, author of The Crazy School, describes Gore’s exceptional debut as, “James Bond for grownups,” while New York Times bestseller Sheldon Siegel (Judgment Day) calls it, “Lightning paced, deftly plotted, and compulsively readable.” Read it and see what the excitement is all about.

Editorial Reviews

-Sheldon Siegel
“Steven Gore bursts onto the international thriller scene with a captivating debut in FINAL TARGET. Lightning paced, deftly plotted, and compulsively readable, FINAL TARGET is a stellar debut. We will be hearing much more from Steven Gore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late.”
-Cornelia Read
“FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups.”
-Phillip Margolin
“Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure.”
Sheldon Siegel
"Steven Gore bursts onto the international thriller scene with a captivating debut in FINAL TARGET. Lightning paced, deftly plotted, and compulsively readable, FINAL TARGET is a stellar debut. We will be hearing much more from Steven Gore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late."
Cornelia Read
"FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups."
Phillip Margolin
"Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure."
Library Journal
PI Graham Gage must find the person responsible for shooting his best friend, attorney Jack Burch. While Burch lies unconscious in the ICU, federal agents are investigating him for conspiracy, fraud, and other crimes in connection with the collapse of a defense contractor. To find the truth, Gage puts together a team that crosses international boundaries and dips into the shadowy world of the Russian mafia. VERDICT Drawing on his expertise as a private investigator, Gore has written an exciting debut thriller that will both educate and entertain the reader. With his command of storytelling and insider's knowledge, Gore can go up against Nelson DeMille and Daniel Silva and come out a contender. [HarperCollins's Harper imprint just published a mass-market edition of this work (ISBN 978-0-06-178218-3. pap. $9.99).—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews
To save a beset friend, a San Francisco p.i. takes on American law enforcement, international capitalism and thugs from just about anywhere in Gore's accomplished debut. Jack Burch, a white-shoe lawyer who operates at a level high enough for air-sickness and complex enough to confuse even him at times, takes a bullet in the chest that San Francisco cops attribute to road rage. Well, maybe. Burch goes jogging; witnesses describe an altercation; shots are fired; the shooter flees unidentified; and Burch lands in the hospital, comatose. Essentially, that's the story told to p.i. extraordinaire Graham Gage, Burch's best friend. Abruptly, however, the story takes a nasty turn when it becomes clear the Department of Justice is almost as eager as Gage for Burch to recover. That's because the Feds think Burch is guilty of certain high crimes and misdemeanors and anticipate gratifying headlines for putting him away. Helping to make the case is Stuart Matson, shifty president of SatTek Incorporated, a one-time defense contractor now coming apart at the seams. Some are convinced that Burch played a fraudulent part in the SatTek debacle. It doesn't take Gage long to understand that Matson is a congenital liar and that the Feds are credulous simply because they want to be: Careers can be made from a juicy conviction, especially when fresh corpses drive the headlines. A bit long, but Gore has a deft way with one-liners, and in Gage, who views the world through eyes as cool as Sam Spade's, he has a keeper.
Publishers Weekly
Getting shot during his morning jog through San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood may be one of attorney Jack Burch's lesser problems, as his best friend, cop-turned-PI Graham Gage, swiftly discovers in Gore's promising, Bourne-again debut. Among other problems Burch faces while he remains in intensive care are a violent robbery at his law office; pressure from Russian and Ukrainian gangsters steamed about a natural gas deal he just brokered; and rumors he might be the focus of a probe into fraud at a failed Silicon Valley defense contractor, SatTek. Within days, Gage and his gumshoes are chasing leads on three continents—and finding a toxic web of corruption, treachery, and dead ends. Gore, a former Bay Area private investigator, knows how to tell a compelling story, though the overly convoluted plot and uneven characterizations undercut the suspense toward the end. (May)
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“An action-packed, debut thriller”    -–Phillip Margolin
 
STARRED REVIEW
“Drawing on his expertise as a private investigator, Gore has written an exciting debut thriller that will both educate and entertain the reader. With his command of storytelling and insider's knowledge, Gore can go up against Nelson DeMille and Daniel Silva and come out a contender.”    —Library  Journal  starred review
 
“Gore, a former Bay Area private investigator, knows how to tell a compelling story….”   –Publishers Weekly
 
“To save a beset friend, a San Francisco p.i. takes on American law enforcement, international capitalism and thugs from just about anywhere in Gore's accomplished debut….Gore has a deft way with one-liners, and in Gage, who views the world through eyes as cool as Sam Spade's, he has a keeper.”         —Kirkus Reviews
 
“First-novelist Gore, calling on his own experiences as a PI, creates in Gage an appealing  protagonist who does what he has to do, saying “If they ever get us, it’ll only be for something we didn’t  do.” First-rate action, tempered with humanity.”         — Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061782183
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
627,866
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 7.56(h) x 1.25(d)

What People are saying about this

Phillip Margolin
“Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure.”
Cornelia Read
“FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups.”

Meet the Author

Steven Gore spent his career as a private investigator in the San Francisco Bay Area. His international thrillers draw on his investigations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has investigated alien smuggling in India, arms trafficking and murder in China, securities fraud and racketeering in Western Europe, political corruption in Central Europe, fraud in Mexico, triads throughout the Pacific Rim, and money laundering from Arlington to Zurich. He has negotiated with a tribal jirga on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier, met with drug syndicates in the Golden Triangle, tracked down an organized crime figure in Italy, and helped put four members of a corrupt narcotics task force in Federal prison. Gore has been featured on 60 Minutes and has been honored for excellence in the field of criminal investigation. He has a Masters Degree from UC Berkeley, is trained in forensic science, and has lectured to attorney and investigator organizations on subjects ranging from police misconduct to the design of sophisticated investigative databases.

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Final Target 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SouthernHoosier More than 1 year ago
First time writer Steven Gore builds the intrigue right from the start and doesn't let up. The characters are wonderfully well developed. Graham Gage is the understated hero chasing the clues in this international thriller, while fighting off mobsters, politicians and bankers who often all look the same. The scary part is this story is all based on true current events and possible real live situations. Makes you think. This will keep you turning the pages and wanting more.
shethereader More than 1 year ago
The off beat characters and international mystery add so much, it was hard to put it down. Cutting edge and current world happenings made it even more interesting. Good to know there will be more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Final Target is an extremely engaging mystery, in the style of many other page turners that keep you up way past your lights-out time. But be careful: you just might learn something about international finance, police work and the life of an investigator. Well done! Bravo to the newest, bestest story teller on the block. Steven Gore has arrived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, never boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good for a first novel. Although it's too long & somewhat over the top, I'd feel comfortable buying this author's next book. aj west
Progdad More than 1 year ago
Once you get srarted this story just runs and runs. I'd love to have the main character's air miles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this book, you will enjoy it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Katie sends the letter to the FBI in San Francisco that President Matson of Surveillance and Targeting Technologies (SatTek) of San Jose was conducting illegal offshore money dumping. The whistleblower remembers her Russian name is Ekaterina just before she is killed. International lawyer, Jack Burch is shot while jogging. He remains in a coma in a San Francisco Medical hospital. At about the same time Matson plea bargains with Assistant U.S. Attorney William Peterson over his jail time for embezzling three hundred million dollars in an offshore dumping. He blames the affair on comatose Burch, his attorney in setting up the offshore firms. While the Feds led by Peterson salivate over hanging Burch for the white collar crimes and subsequent corporate collapse, his best friend private investigator Graham Gage rejects the theory of criminal activity by his buddy. He searches for the shooter and soon also who killed the whistleblower. He and his team begin to find ties between Matson and the Ukrainian mafia with links to that country's presidency; treason apparently in two nations but the Feds prefers to not go that route. This is a great financial investigative thriller that grips readers with Katie's dying opening act and never slows down as Gage leads an inquiry that spans several nations in two continents while the Feds choose the easier low road. Fast-paced and gripping, sub-genre fans will relish Steven Gore's strong tale that the author states in the afterward is based on real events of which he probed. Note to Poisoned Pen readers: this book was released as a mass market by HarperCollins in February. Harriet Klausner
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Really did not like the format of the pages. The fonts was messed up. A few lines here and there per page. Yes I do know how to change formates and fonts. This just did'nt work. Whats up publishers? Always turning pages. Hated it. 409 pages......NOT....Story okay. Give it 2.5 stars. Not sure if I'll read anymore of Gores books if the formate is like this one. Afraid to try.
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Can someone see if they can this book to post -Anything-Testing would do.I've tried about 25 times and nothing.I'mhoping there will be that one person who would also give it a try.COMPLETELY BAFFELED!!!!!!
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Post this on three other books and look under your pillow