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Final Target [NOOK Book]

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A man lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the victim of a violent assault the police are calling "road rage." If he recovers, prosecutors are waiting to indict him for conspiracy, eager to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

And he's the lucky one . . .

Private investigator Graham Gage believes the injured man—his closest friend Jack Burch—had no part in the ever-widening criminal conspiracy surrounding the collapse of defense ...

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Overview

A man lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the victim of a violent assault the police are calling "road rage." If he recovers, prosecutors are waiting to indict him for conspiracy, eager to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

And he's the lucky one . . .

Private investigator Graham Gage believes the injured man—his closest friend Jack Burch—had no part in the ever-widening criminal conspiracy surrounding the collapse of defense contractor SatTek Industries. But Gage's search for the truth is rocketing him to hot spots around the globe—and dragging him into a deadly morass of lies, greed, and terror alongside traitors, killers, and international gangsters. As the plot slowly unravels the body count soars, and Gage finds himself in an impossible race to prevent the unimaginable.

Because the first target was his friend . . . but the final target is his country.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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."
-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.”
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."
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062001689
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 76,651
  • File size: 534 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Gore is a former private investigator whose thrillers draw on his investigations of murder, fraud, money laundering, organized crime, political corruption, and drug, sex, and arms trafficking in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Gore has been featured on 60 Minutes for his work and has been honored for excellence in his field. He is trained in forensic science and has lecturedto professional organizations on a wide range of legal and criminal subjects.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Final Target is a worthy read. Scary possiblities!!!

    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.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

    Final Target is right on target. Steven Gore leaves you wanting more.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2010

    Final Target: a great read

    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.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Very good international thriller

    Once you get srarted this story just runs and runs. I'd love to have the main character's air miles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Complex and well realised story

    Buy this book, you will enjoy it!

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