High Crimes

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Claire Heller Chapman has the perfect life. She's a Harvard law professor and a high-profile criminal defense attorney known for taking on - and winning - tough cases. But one day this perfect life is shattered when her husband Tom Chapman is suddenly arrested by a team of government agents and accused of a brutal crime he insists he didn't commit. As Claire finds herself drawn closer into a web of duplicity and shadowy figures, she discovers that her husband is not who he says he is...that he once had a ...
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Overview

Claire Heller Chapman has the perfect life. She's a Harvard law professor and a high-profile criminal defense attorney known for taking on - and winning - tough cases. But one day this perfect life is shattered when her husband Tom Chapman is suddenly arrested by a team of government agents and accused of a brutal crime he insists he didn't commit. As Claire finds herself drawn closer into a web of duplicity and shadowy figures, she discovers that her husband is not who he says he is...that he once had a different name...even a different face. Now Claire must put her reputation on the line to defend Tom in a top-secret court-martial. As she searches for the truth, she begins to unravel an insidious, high-level government conspiracy that threatens not only her career but also her life, and the lives of her loved ones. All the while, she struggles to maintain her belief in her husband's innocence - even when all the evidence seems to indicate that he is a cold-blooded murderer.
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Editorial Reviews

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Imagine A Few Good Men with three improvements -- one, the defendant's accused of a crime of national import; two, his lead defense attorney is his wife; and three, there's actually a mystery going on beneath the courtroom drama -- and you'll have a fix on Finder's irresistible legal blockbuster.

—Tom Leitch

Kansas City Independent
A spellbinding thriller!
Washington Post
Deliciously absorbing...Exciting...full of hairpin turns...High Crimes generates lots of inside-the-bowels-of-the-Pentagon intrigue, but it's the psychological mystery of Tom's identity that really ratchets up the suspense here.
Library Journal
Finder's Zero Hour (LJ 4/1/96) was a dynamite blockbuster, and his new work is slated for the same big marketing treatment. Cinematic qualities predominate as the dialog roles on page after page with taut give-and-take and sudden plot turns that leave little time for reflection or description. (Not surprisingly, the novel is slated to become a Tri-Star Pictures motion picture.) The plot is arrow-straight: a woman lawyer, at the top of her profession, must defend her husband in a military court for his alleged horrific crimes while serving in Vietnam. Steeped in the arcane detail of military justice, with a tough-mouthed heroine and a hardworking support cast, this is not likely to be a candidate for Oprah's Book Club, but it is a sure bet for most thriller collections.Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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HIGH CRIMES

“Fast and furious.”—The New York Times Book Review

 “Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hair-pin turns.” —The Washington Post

“A powerhouse tale.” —Chicago Tribune

“Provocative and chilling.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Rattling good entertainment.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

VANISHED

“Financial thriller whiz Joe Finder has fully and seamlessly entered the world of Lee Child and James Rollins. A rousing, lightning-paced thriller from the first page to the last. ” —Providence Journal

“If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money’s on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they’d go for a beer together and set the world to rights—because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn’t miss.” —Lee Child

“A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes.” —Washington Post

“Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end.”—Publishers Weekly

“Breakneck pace and labyrinthine schemes . . . ingenious.” —Booklist

“Heller is Finder’s new series character and ...will very shortly be mentioned in the same breath as Reacher and Bosch...If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished.” —Crimespree magazine

“Moves at the pace of an injected neuro-toxin…You’ll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours.” —Shots magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427211606
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Finder
Joseph Finder is the author of The Moscow Club (1991), Extraordinary Powers (1993), The Zero Hour (1995), and High Crimes (1998). He is an expert on Russian affairs, international politics, and intelligence, and has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, and The (London) Times.
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She'd taught her last class and instructed Connie to turn away all requests from potential clients. There would be final exams, but she'd have the completed exams FedExed down to her here. She told her students she was available by telephone and gave her number in Washington. Two of her pending cases she turned over to a friend at a downtown Boston firm. That left her with one appeal before the Supreme Judicial Court, which would involve a quick flight to Boston and back. Their house would stand empty, but Rosa — who had kids of her own and certainly couldn't come down to Washington to work — would stop in every couple of days to make sure everything was alright. Jackie, who paid the rent doing what she called "boring fucking technical writing" could do her work down here and was willing, saint that she was, to take care of Annie.

She'd placed a couple of calls to friends in Boston, told them she'd be in Washington for awhile, perhaps even several months, working on a case she wasn't supposed to talk about. A few hours later, Claire and Jackie were still unpacking and settling in and Annie was discovering new rooms and new hiding places, the doorbell rang.

An army courier, a young black man wearing a nametag that said "Lee," was carrying a large carton. "I need your signature on some forms, ma'am, but first I'm going to need to see a driver's license."

She signed with a sense of anticipation and anxiety far different from her customary feelings about documents provided her during litigation. These were documents about Tom and his life before he met her, his concealed life.

They were copies of his enlisted-evaluation reports — DA Form 2166-6,photocopies of what she imagined were old yellowed pieces of paper from deep in files somewhere in North Carolina (Special Forces trained at Fort Bragg). They were stamped FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and included ADMINISTRATIVE DATA and PERFORMANCE EVALUATION — PROFESSIONALISM and PERFORMANCE and POTENTIAL EVALUATION. She settled down in the room that she'd chosen as her office — a comfortable library on the first floor, far removed from the living quarters — and examined copies of Tom's service-records books. Most of them were boring and anodyne, but she forced herself to read closely. She discovered his file photo, attached to a copy of his personnel file, taken when he was sent to Vietnam. He was almost thirty years younger. A kid of nineteen. Younger, yes, but also a very different face — a different nose, more bulbous, hollow cheeks, a receding chin. If she hadn't known it was Tom, she wouldn't have recognized the photo. It surprised her that the plastic surgery that had altered his appearance so dramatically had also improved his looks considerably.

Then she read something that made her blood run cold.

Copyright ) 1998 by Joseph Finder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    Highly Recommended.

    From start to finish, this book was a page turner. Bought it as a beach read, but soon found out it was far more deeper than that. Joseph Finder writes for the serious reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Popcorn, anyone?

    High Crimes begins as that delightful sort of criminal novel that keeps you reading well past your bedtime. Joseph Finder has a real gift of luring the reader down a spooky funhouse of words where one nervously expects something dangerously sinister to pop out on the next page. And it often does..that is, until the last chapters. Here is where he consistently sells us short with a sanitized Hollywood-type movie ending. We deserve better. Good writing, like life, does not include any last minute tidy-bowl fixes. You know...the ones where the heroine is hip deep in doo-doo until the last page. Then with one improbable flush--all problems are swooshed away!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2002

    Watch the movie too!

    The movie was really good. But the book is better!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Post names here! <p>
    Shea, Dice, Emma, Caleb.

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    This apartment is mine!!! He states, training his Gravity gun on them.

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    Haha. Very funny.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Joseph Finder has yet to fail me as an author of fast passed , i

    Joseph Finder has yet to fail me as an author of fast passed , intriguing, real life thrillers! Once again, HIGH CRIMES, presents a situation that makes me shudder with possibilities of happenings that boggle the mind.  




    In this story, Harvard Law Professor, Clair Chapman, is called upon to defend the man who has been her husband for three years.  She has known him as Tom Chapman, a great husband, and father to her 6 year old daughter, Annie. But the military has arrested him as Ron Kubik, a brutal murderer of 87 innocent men., women and children in an offensive action in San Salvador 13 years earlier. Clair wonders who this man really is, as he has told her a complete past history that does not involve the military in any way.  Can she believe anything he says? But the man she knows would never commit such terrible acts of violence! 




    Clair, and defense lawyers used to the military counts, find themselves up against a formidable prosecutor, and a 'take no prisoners' judge.  The court marshall scenes and legal actions add great interest and suspense to this 'believe him or not' mystery. Finder puts the reader in a plausible situation that would give nightmares if this were a situation that the reader ever found themselves  maneuvering through in their own family. great read!!

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Fabulous Book - you must check it out!!

    Another great read by Joseph Finder. Really kept me guessing till the very end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery/suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Great for the Beach!

    Great read! Keeps you totally hooked. The ending will surprise you. Can't wait to see the movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    FANTASTIC

    I really loved this book, that's about all there is to say, when you can find a great book, with a fantastic story, it's a keeper. THIS ONE IS A KEEPER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    Outstanding

    A wonderful book!! Could not put it down. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    The plot just kept on twisting

    To everything there was a twist. It was unique, and outstandingly clever. I hate to be corny, but it made you feel like you were right there in the courtroom. This book can be summed up in one word: Masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    Scary!

    This book was so entertaining. I could not put it down. I read it in one day - including an all-nighter. It scared me to death. The book is not scary in terms of ghoulishness and monstrosities. Rather, it gives you a peek into human character - a very disturbing peek. I had nightmares when I finally did get to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    Unbelievable book!

    I don't know what to say about this book except, WOW! I sat down and planned to read a few chapters, and ended up reading the WHOLE thing! A true page turner! It's worth every penny of the four bucks!

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