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Adam Cassidy tiene veintiséis años y odia su empleo miserable en una compañía tecnológica. Cuando manipula el sistema para ayudar a un amigo, se encuentra que lo acusan de un delito federal. Su empresa, Corporate Security le ofrece una solución: o bien va a prisión o bien se convierte en espía industrial, un infiltrado en el principal competidor de Corporate Security, Trion Sistems. Para ello, le preparan y le proporcionan información sobre el funcionamiento de Trion y, cuando finalmente empieza a trabajar allí, ...
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Paranoia

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Overview

Adam Cassidy tiene veintiséis años y odia su empleo miserable en una compañía tecnológica. Cuando manipula el sistema para ayudar a un amigo, se encuentra que lo acusan de un delito federal. Su empresa, Corporate Security le ofrece una solución: o bien va a prisión o bien se convierte en espía industrial, un infiltrado en el principal competidor de Corporate Security, Trion Sistems. Para ello, le preparan y le proporcionan información sobre el funcionamiento de Trion y, cuando finalmente empieza a trabajar allí, se convierte automáticamente en un empleado estrella, ascendiendo rápidamente a los puestos superiores y descubriendo por el camino, cualidades que desconocía que poseía. Su vida es perfecta, adora su trabajo, tiene un Porsche y su novia es la chica de sus sueños. Y todo lo que tiene que hacer ahora es traicionar a todos los que le rodean.
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The Barnes & Noble Review
A fast-paced ride through the inner workings of corporate espionage, Joseph Finder's finely plotted novel of secret agendas and corruption unfolds in an expert fashion.

When low-level Wyatt Telecom employee Adam Cassidy is caught red-handed transfering funds to cover expenses for a friend's extravagant retirement party, the company gives him a choice: Face serious embezzlement charges or become a spy at Trion Systems, Wyatt's main competitor. Reluctantly, Adam gets himself hired on at Trion, where he soon finds himself on the fast track to everything he's ever wanted: wealth, respect, and the girl of his dreams. But, as he faces the prospect of double-crossing everyone he cares about, it becomes clear that Adam has been duped and treachery lurks around every corner.

Finder (High Crimes, The Zero Hour) knits clandestine situations and corrupt politics into a gripping story with plenty of twists. Scenes play out with a hip, rollicking energy that propels the plot along with breakneck speed. Though deceptively simple, this suspense tale works on several levels, with the crime element often taking a backseat to more personal matters. Moral dilemmas and questions of professional ethics are subjects not often explored in run-of-the-mill thrillers, but Finder's shrewd understanding of conflicted human nature helps elevate Paranoia above most books in the genre. Tom Piccirilli

The New Yorker
In another age, a genre thriller fairly required the brandishing of a weapon and blood smeared on the floor. Finder’s latest is the archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form: e-mail is the means of communication and threat, industrial espionage among nasdaq competitors the field of violence. The novel’s great strength is its fetishistic attention to the idioms and buzzwords of the tech business and the up-to-the-second catalogue of perfidy’s rewards: the particular Bordeaux or the particular Porsche that tickles the impulses of the New Greedy. For a while, Finder’s plot seems less vivid than the status details he gives such attention to, but late in the book we discover how completely we have been fooled, and with real escapist pleasure.
USA Today
This year's first contender for Page Turner of the Year is Joseph Finder's Paranoia, a clever corporate espionage story about rival consumer electronics companies fighting over the 21st century computer equivalent of the Holy Grail … The corporate thriller just got an upgrade. — Edward Nawotka
The New York Times
Mr. Finder sets his hero in the midst of a dangerous maze and keeps the fine points of Adam's chicanery sharply honed. From the way he plants keystroke-tracking devices on certain people's computers to his zeroing in on files stamped "Secret," "Must Be Kept Below the Radar" and "Acquisition Pending," the book weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web. — Janet Maslin
Publishers Weekly
Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel (after High Crimes) the most entertaining thriller of 2004? Probably, but it will be a surprise if another suspenser proves as much sheer fun as Finder's robust tale of corporate espionage. Narrator Adam Cassidy's trip to hell begins when he charges to the company an unauthorized, very expensive party for a retiring blue-collar laborer at their place of work, Wyatt Telecom. Caught, low-level staffer Adam is given an offer he can't refuse by monstrously slick and wealthy CEO Nick Wyatt: penetrate rival high-tech giant Trion Systems and get the goods on Trion's killer new products, or face a battery of felony charges. Adam accepts the deal, and days later he's at Trion, along with false credentials that persuade Trion that he was a key player at Wyatt Telecom, rather than a cube-squatting shlub. Finder presents Adam's thrust into Trion as the scary, grand adventure of a stranger in a strange land, as Adam must contend with a new corporate culture and a host of envious enemies, particularly once he's tapped to be Trion founder Jock Goddard's personal assistant. As Adam comes to admire, even to love, Jock, the demands by Wyatt for ever better intel grate all the more. But if Adam refuses, prison awaits, and anyway he loves his big new salary and perks, not to mention his new, lovely Trion bedmate. Adam's love/hate relationship with his bitter, dying dad and his fragmenting friendship with a pal he's left behind add texture to the relentless suspense, punctuated by tense cloak-and-dagger scenes as Adam steals secrets from his new bosses. A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes. (Jan. 20) Forecast: High Crimes, filmed with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, hit bestseller lists in mass market. With a major push from the publisher, including a five-city author tour, plus hot word of mouth, this novel should do the same in hardcover and has the potential to make Finder a household name. Rights sold in seven countries; simultaneous audiobooks from Audio Renaissance. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Adam Cassidy is a slacker who has screwed up big time. He's only a junior product-line manager at Wyatt Telecom, but he has embezzled what turns out to be a shocking $78,000. The money went to cover a retirement bash for a loading-dock foreman, to give him the same splurge that executives get. Adam hates his job, so he would not have minded being fired. Instead, he's threatened by Corporate Security with up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary unless he agrees to infiltrate their rival company-Trion Systems. With Wyatt backing him at every step, he's hired by Trion and soon finds himself an executive assistant to the CEO, a man who treats him like a son. Adam, whose own bitter father is dying of emphysema, is torn by ethical dilemmas as he takes ever-greater risks to penetrate the layers of security around Trion's latest project, the most important technological breakthrough since the integrated circuit. Don't start this book at 8:00 p.m. or you'll be up all night. Finder's (Zero Hour) latest is a fun read with a hip narrator, an engaging story set in a world rarely seen in thrillers, and great suspense. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/03.]-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Despite a killer first printing and advance sales to Hollywood and seven other foreign countries, Finder's turn from Soviet spying to the corporate variety doesn't reach the heights of High Crimes (1998). Adam Cassidy doesn't take his midlevel job at Wyatt Communications seriously enough to worry about what will happen if a harmless but expensive prank leads to his dismissal. But when he's caught and confronted with the consequences, he sees that getting fired is the least of his problems. He's looking at 20 years in jail unless he allows CEO Nicholas Wyatt and his hired guns-menacing security director Arnold Meacham and insinuating executive coach Judith Bolton-to groom him as a corporate spy. His manners refined and his resume stuffed with impressive new lies, Adam interviews for a job with Wyatt's competitor Trion Systems, where his combination of ignorance, luck, and brass-in Finder's cleverest stroke-rockets him past his original boss, Dragon Lady Nora Sommers, her smilingly treacherous protege Chad Pierson, and even Machiavellian Chief Financial Officer Paul ("Cutthroat") Camilletti to the ultimate corridor of power: an office outside that of homespun founder/CEO Jock Goddard. Adam is resentful of the thugs pulling his strings back at Wyatt and beguiled by Goddard's instant acceptance of him as a surrogate son-an interest his own troubled relationship with his dying father makes him happy to reciprocate. So he's soon taking time off from spying on Goddard and Alana Jennings, the predecessor who's moved over to the Disruptive Technologies Unit, to bond with the first and bed the second, all the while looking nervously over his shoulder. The cardboard characters-especially Alana,whose relationship with Adam inspires not paranoia but mild impatience-seem to be waiting for the movie stars to fill them in and give them life in this upscale consumer fantasy (the Porsche! the haberdashery!) of industrial espionage. First printing of 150,000; film rights to Paramount; author tour. Agent: Molly Friedrich/Aaron M. Priest Agency
The New York Times
"The first jet-propelled thriller of 2004... Go along for the ride... twisting, stealthily plotted."

— Janet Maslin

Entertainment Weekly (A-)

"Provides more chills than any ghoul with a chain saw."

USA Today

"This year's first contender for Page Turner of the Year is Joseph Finder's Paranoia..."

People Magazine

"Masterfully told and thoroughly engrossing..."

New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Here it is, readers, the perfect thriller for the post-Enron/Martha Stewart era."

From the Publisher
Paranoia is a knock-out—a fresh, original and compelling novel that is impossible to put down.”—Daniel Silva

“A fresh voice, terrific characters, and high-octane suspense.” —Harlan Coben, author of Tell No One

Paranoia is the real thing—a sleek, hip and fast-paced thriller that gets its hooks in you from the very first page.” — Lisa Scottoline, author of Dead Ringer

“Sharp, wicked, funny, exciting.” —Andrew Klavan, author of True Crimes

"Scott Brick narrates flawlessly, using one voice that manages not only to portray Adam's satiric sense of humor but also to capture each of the many other characters' personalities. By using a variety of tempos and modulating his voice, Brick maintains tension and builds nonstop suspense. This great performance is a perfect fit for the writing."—Audio File

"This kind of stuff is Brick's Forte. He handles suspense with just the right touch."—Philadelphia Inquirer

Daniel Silva

"One of those all-too-rare but absolutely unforgettable books that rewrites the rules for contemporary thrillers...."

Lisa Scottoline

"The real thing - a sleek, hip and fast-paced thriller that gets its hooks in you from the very first page."

Nelson DeMille

"Paranoia is an incredibly clever novel. I love Joseph Finder's writing, and this time, he surpasses himself with some of the best dialogue and characterizations I've read in a long time."

Robert B. Parker

"Crisp, hard, funny, and smart."

Andrew Klavan

"I've been saying for years that the best, most imaginative writing is being done in the genres of crime and suspense. Joseph Finder's Paranoia is proof positive."

Harlan Coben

"Combines a fresh voice, terrific characters, and high-octane suspense. Finder catapults himself into the front ranks of contemporary thriller writers."

The New York Times - Janet Maslin

"The first jet-propelled thriller of 2004... Go along for the ride... twisting, stealthily plotted."

Entertainment Weekly
"Provides more chills than any ghoul with a chain saw.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788499184739
  • Publisher: Roca Editorial de Libros
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 331,801
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph Finder

 Joseph Finder is the author of several New York Times bestselling thrillers, including Buried Secrets, High Crimes, Paranoia and the first Nick Heller novel, Vanished. Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and Company Man won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. High Crimes was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and Paranoia was the basis for 2013 film with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Killer Instinct is also in development a a major motion picture.  Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Part One

*****

The Fix

Fix: A CIA term, of Cold War origin, that refers to a person who is to be compromised or blackmailed so that he will do the Agency's bidding.

-The Dictionary of Espionage

*****

Until the whole thing happened, I never believed the old line about how you should be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.

I believe it now.

I believe in all those cautionary proverbs now. I believe that pride goeth before a fall. I believe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, that misfortune seldom comes alone, that all that glitters isn't gold, that lies walk on short legs. Man, you name it. I believe it.

I could try to tell you that what started it all was an act of generosity, but that wouldn't be quite accurate. It was more like an act of stupidity. Call it a cry for help. Maybe more like a raised middle finger. Whatever, it was my bad. I half thought I'd get away with it, half expected to be fired. I've got to say, when I look back on how it all began, I marvel at what an arrogant prick I was. I'm not going to deny that I got what I deserved. It just wasn't what I expected-but who'd ever expect something like this?

All I did was make a couple of phone calls. Impersonated the VP for Corporate Events and called the fancy outside caterer that did all of Wyatt Telecom's parties. I told them to just make it exactly like the bash they'd done the week before for the Top Salesman of the Year award. (Of course, I had no idea how lavish that was.) I gave them all the right disbursement numbers, authorized the transfer of funds in advance. The whole thing was surprisingly easy.

The owner of Meals of Splendor told me he'd never done a function on a company loading dock, that it presented "decor challenges," but I knew he wasn't going to turn away a big check from Wyatt Telecom.

Somehow I doubt Meals of Splendor had ever done a retirement party for an assistant foreman either.

I think that's what really pissed Wyatt off. Paying for Jonesie's retirement party-a loading dock 0guy, for Christ's sake!-was a violation of the natural order. If instead I'd used the money as a down payment on a Ferrari 360 Modena convertible, Nicholas Wyatt might have almost understood. He would have recognized my greed as evidence of our shared humanity, like a weakness for booze, or "broads," as he called women.

If I'd known how it would all end up, would I have done it all over again? Hell, no.

Still, I have to say, it was pretty cool. I was into the fact that Jonesie's party was being paid for out of a fund earmarked for, among other things, an "offsite" for the CEO and his senior vice presidents at the Guanahani resort on the island of St. Barthelemy.

I also loved seeing the loading dock guys finally getting a taste of how the execs lived. Most of the guys and their wives, whose idea of a splurge was the Shrimp Feast at the Red Lobster or Ribs On The Barbie at Outback Steakhouse, didn't know what to make of some of the weird food, the osetra caviar and saddle of veal Provencal, but they devoured the filet of beef en croute, the rack of lamb, the roasted lobster with ravioli. The ice sculptures were a big hit. The Dom Perignon flowed, though not as fast as the Budweiser. (This I called right, since I used to hang out on the loading dock on Friday afternoons, smoking, when someone, usually Jonesie or Jimmy Connolly, the foreman, brought in an Igloo of cold ones to celebrate the end of another week.)

Jonesie, an old guy with one of those weathered, hangdog faces that make people like him instantly, was lit the whole night. His wife of forty-two years, Esther, at first seemed standoffish, but she turned out to be an amazing dancer. I'd hired an excellent Jamaican reggae group, and everyone got into it, even the guys you'd never expect to dance.

This was after the big tech meltdown, of course, and companies everywhere were laying people off and instituting "frugality" policies, meaning you had to pay for the lousy coffee, and no more free Cokes in the break room, and like that. Jonesie was slated to just stop work one Friday, spend a few hours at HR signing forms, and go home for the rest of his life, no party, no nothing. Meanwhile, the Wyatt Telecom E-staff was planning to head down to St. Bart's in their Learjets, boink their wives or girlfriends in their private villas, slather coconut oil on their love handles, and discuss company-wide frugality policies over obscene buffet breakfasts of papayas and hummingbird tongues. Jonesie and his friends didn't really question too closely who was paying for it all. But it did give me some kind of twisted secret pleasure.

Until around one-thirty in the morning, when the sound of electric guitars and the screams of a couple of the younger guys, blotto out of their minds, must have attracted the curiosity of a security guard, a fairly new hire (the pay's lousy, turnover is unbelievable) who didn't know any of us and wasn't inclined to cut anyone any slack.

He was a pudgy guy with a flushed, sort of Porky Pig face, barely thirty. He just gripped his walkie-talkie as if it were a Glock and said, "What the hell?"

And my life as I knew it was over.

Copyright 2004 by Joseph Finder

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Since I really enjoy this author's exciting books and PARANOIA i

    Since I really enjoy this author's exciting books and PARANOIA is coming out at the movies next month, I decided that I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.  This is definitely an exciting thriller--no murders or spying between nations, but a new type of modern day thriller.  Espionage between high tech companies and the extremely rich and powerful people who control these things dominates this book.




    Adam Cassidy is just a lovely tech guy with little ambition in life but to have fun at little expense and effort on his part.  He hacks his companies system to host a going away party for one of the dock workers.  His "party" ended up costing more than $70,000, and he got caught.  The head of his company makes Adam a deal----spy on the competitor company, and maybe we won't prosecute, sending you to jail for most of your lifetime.  Adam's first person account of all the turns and twists in this endeavor makes for a thriller every bit as exciting as any world wide spy thriller.  His dying, foul mouthed father adds another element of interest to the story also. 




    Once again, Joseph Finder does not disappoint for thrills and excitement.  His characters are rich in detail, and he has the hi tech computer age down perfectly.  Though I loved this book, the technology changes from it's publication until today adds another level of "unintended" fun to this book---oh how technology has grown!!!  Will be interesting to see how this updates in the movie.  It might seem to make this book dated, but it actually adds to the enjoyment of this extremely well written book!

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