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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