Final Target

Final Target

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by Steven Gore
     
 

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From San Francisco to London to Kiev, investigator Graham Gage is in a race against the FBI and Ukraine gangsters to solve an intricate stock swindle and arms deal in time to clear his friend’s name. Gage peels away the layers of the collapse of SatTek Industries in San Jose to find a plot that morphs into something bigger, something that will put the

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From San Francisco to London to Kiev, investigator Graham Gage is in a race against the FBI and Ukraine gangsters to solve an intricate stock swindle and arms deal in time to clear his friend’s name. Gage peels away the layers of the collapse of SatTek Industries in San Jose to find a plot that morphs into something bigger, something that will put the American military in the Middle East at risk. Weaving a carefully-layered tale of greed, money laundering, and European politics, author Steven Gore takes us, with wonderful dialogue and local description to London, Geneva, the Channel Islands, and finally - featuring 2 fabulous Ukrainian gangster characters - Kiev. A great cast of characters throughout the book, and a great twist at the end too!

Editorial Reviews

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

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.
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590587492
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Series:
Graham Gage Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(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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