The 500: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he ...
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The 500: A Novel

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Overview

A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal-and this time, maybe even kill.

Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500," the elite men and women who really run Washington -- and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.

Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, THE 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder -- and deadlier -- the fall.

Winner of the 2013 Thriller Award for Best First Novel

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Editorial Reviews

Michele Leber
"A thundering David-and-Goliath tale of corruption...This is a real page turner, with high stakes action that doesn't stop. Expect this to be one of the season's most talked-about debut thrillers. A sequel is in the offing and will be much anticipated."
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"A thundering David-and-Goliath tale of corruption...This is a real page turner, with high stakes action that doesn't stop. Expect this to be one of the season's most talked-about debut thrillers. A sequel is in the offing and will be much anticipated."—Michele Leber, Booklist (Starred Review)

"Quirk's engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham's The Firm to the world of political lobbyists...Quirk supplies just enough characterization and journalistic detail of Washington, D.C. life to ground his story as he launches into a streamlined, gripping man-on-the-run thriller."—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
Having done time at the Atlantic, reporting on crime and other assorted evils, Quirk should get the details right in this debut thriller starring Harvard Law grad Mike Ford. Even as Mike rubs shoulders with Washington, DC's powerful 500, his past among shabby con men comes calling. A ten-city tour, film rights sold to 20th Century Fox, foreign rights sold to 11 territories—here's one debut that looks to be making it big.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316198608
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 27,119
  • File size: 917 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Quirk
Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he joined The Atlantic and spent five years at the magazine reporting on a variety of subjects including crimes, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in Washington D.C.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    The 500 is everything you’d hope for in a fast-paced summe

    The 500 is everything you’d hope for in a fast-paced summer thriller: a gripping, tightly-plotted story that twists in one direction and then another, spinning as smoothly as the wheels on a Sargent and Greenleaf safe, and then falls into place with a satisfying click. Well after you’ve closed the book -- and your breathing has returned to normal -- you’ll find the street-wise, staccato narration of Michael Ford still running in your head. The first-person delivery of this Harvard-educated son of an ex-con is filled with hilarious meta-commentary that make you feel in the presence of the ultimate dinner-party guest. He’ll also occasionally drop out of the story to fill you in on some of the fascinating details about the tools of the trade for spies and spooks. Want to learn how to steal a late-model Audi, crack a safe from the inside, bypass the password protection on an iPhone? Or just hear a great story from someone who does? Then definitely put this on your list.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    The 500 is a page turner! I couldn't put the book down! Best thr

    The 500 is a page turner! I couldn't put the book down! Best thriller I have read in a long time. A must read!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Great book! I couldn't put it down.

    If you like action books In which the little guy with almost no advantages beats the bad guys who hold almost all the cards, but only after a long, hard, tension filled battle, this is the book for you. Along the way you'll learn lots of tricks about how to defeat locks, steal cars, get out of handcuffs, and other useful skills to know in a pinch. Great beach read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Absolutely loved this book! It is obvious that the author knows

    Absolutely loved this book! It is obvious that the author knows the ins and outs of Washington politics and creates a web of suspense and intrique around it in his new novel. Quirk has created a main character who is charismatic, easy to relate to, and has a great sense of humor. The 500 is a page turner that will keep you rooting for Mike Ford all the way. I highly suggest you put this book on your "must read" list for the summer. You won't be disappointed! Most definitely gets five stars from this reader!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Enthralling! Couldn't put this one down!

    So I knew I was inextricably entangled in Matthew Quirk's web of suspense that is The 500, when I looked up from the book momentarily to discover it had gotten dark!
    Quirk's virgin novel is a plot and character-driven page-turner. Our protagonist, Mike Ford, is the perfect combination of wit, will, and woes never-ending. The reader at once cheers him on as he overcomes obstacles of birth, yet admonishes him for reckless decisions he can't help but make throughout the novel.
    The 500 is a riveting thriller and a great summer read...one warning: don't start something you can't finish before you pick up this novel...the task simply won't get done!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Great Book

    Saw the ad on the train now I dont see anything on the train because I cant put it down.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Great plot, nice twists

    One of the best books I've read this year. Very enjoyable. Thanks!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Great fun, in the same vein as The Firm!

    Fun,exciting with lots of surprises

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    So so good

    Similar to the firm but embraces the similarities and sets itself apart as a unique new story. Cant wait for quirk twrite another book-couldnt put this one down!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Awesome!

    This is a very fast-paced novel that does a great job in allowing the reader to feel included in the joy ride. From the very beginning I was curious about what was to come next. Great writing. Great story. Great execution. I am greatly looking forward to the upcoming movie.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Great book

    Truly enjoyable read--fast paced.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    I Couldn't Put It Down!

    The 500 kept me hooked from the very beginning. It does a great job with character development and gets you right into the meat of the story. The author doesn't spend half the book giving you useless details that some like to do. He tells you what you need to know and gets you right into the action. This if the first Matthew Quirk book I have read. I really enjoyed his writing style and look forward to reading more of his books. If you like stories that are gripping page-turners, this one is for you.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    The 500 is a nicely done tale of power and intrigue, set in Wash

    The 500 is a nicely done tale of power and intrigue, set in Washington,
    D.C. A young man, not entirely innocent himself in the ways of the
    world, discovers that he has been employed by some super influential
    Washington insiders who are willing to go quite far beyond the
    boundaries to keep their influence. So begins the tale of good and evil.
    The problem I had is that the story has been told before. Basically
    author Mathew Quirk gives it a new setting and some new twists, but I
    think we all know how it turns out from the beginning.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    The pre-publication promotions for this book were so good that r

    The pre-publication promotions for this book were so good that readers were unable to get copies unless they knew somebody. The novel was advertised as being the most exciting “Debut Novel” to come down the pike for a long time. Does it deliver? There's no doubt that readers will be hooked after the very first page.

    This novel opens up in Washington, DC at a very respected consulting firm, “The Davies Group,” where Mike Ford, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, has secured a dream job. The 500 in the title refers to the 500 most prominent people (men and women) in the nation’s capitol who run things. The author is good at telling readers about the ins and outs of Washington society with a lot of great imagination and maybe a bit of truth thrown in for good measure. Mike Ford is a hard worker and works just as hard at fitting in with his richer than Midas classmates as he does at learning his profession. The Davies Group is paid for by corporations and special interest groups to influence the 500 who are the people who run Washington behind the scenes. Mike is anxious to please Mr. Davies and goes into his job with a vengeance and, sadly the job that Mike is hired to do turns into a corrupt power play with powerful people behind it.

    This novel is a very well-written story that brings together intrigue and action. It’s a first class debut that does remind this reader of John Grisham’s The Firm. However, it’s not exactly the same. As a matter of fact, in some places it’s a better read than The Firm. Maybe it’s because it takes place in the seat of power and it’s an election year.

    Quill Says: The story is action-packed, fast-paced and a page turner. It’s clever and with many tales of Washington insiders. Chances are you won't be able to put it down until the very last page is read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Check out full review at Kritters Ramblings A political thrille

    Check out full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A political thriller that will take you inside the workings of Washington, D.C., the reader questions where the truth and fiction begin and end. The book starts in the future for a chapter and the reader is taken into the past to explain the story that must take place to get the characters in that place. Mike Ford the main character has had a sketchy past, but ends up in a job where his checkered past can be put to good use.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Great read!!

    Fast pace, holds your interest, never sure what's next. This was one of the
    most exciting books I have read. One must pay attention to keep up with the
    story. Cannot wait for the next Mike Ford novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Not A John Grisham-like Book

    I bought this book because of the comparisons to John Grisham. The only thing they have in common is that it is about a young lawyer who is hired by a shady law firm. Matt Quirk needs a course in character development. While reading the book I felt I really didn't care what happened to the main character. His relationship with his family never developed into anything and his girlfriend seemed so bland. Even in Grisham's least focused books, he develops the characters enough to make you want to know what happens to them and remember them. I heard they are making this book into a movie. I advise you wait for the movie to come out because, in this case, the movie will be better than the book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    I am shocked at the high reviews for this book. I don't usually

    I am shocked at the high reviews for this book. I don't usually review
    books on this site, but this one was so bad I had to make an exception.
    I wonder if the publisher posted some of these reviews or people are
    just used to bad writing. For starters, the whole premise is an exact
    rip-off of The Firm with subtle changes like the dad being in prison
    instead of the bother. The writing is so cheesy and lame I laughed out
    load. At one point the main character Mike goes into a sauna and sits
    down between the chairman of the joint chiefs and the CEO of Exon.
    Really? The author claims to be a DC insider, but having spent a great
    deal of time in DC this book just comes across as naive. The only
    reason I finished reading it was to see how much worse it could get and
    it certainly didn't disappointed. After building a ridiculous story the
    author decides to wrap things up in about 20 pages, including dropping
    the bomb shell in the last 10 pages that the villain got his start with
    G.L. Liddy during Watergate, only he was so good he didn't get caught
    and had been running Washington ever since. I guess if you're a
    reality TV person you'll find it entertaining, but if you are looking
    for something that is intellectually stimulating I would suggest this
    made for TV version of a book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    snore!

    So disappointed - this book did not at all live up to the hype.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Mike Ford’s dad is in prison, his mom has died, his brothe

    Mike Ford’s dad is in prison, his mom has died, his brother is in and out of jail, and he is ready to graduate from Harvard Law School but with a ton of debt from his mother’s illness and for his Harvard tuition. He can’t believe it when Davies Group hires him – giving him a large salary, a great apartment, and a secretary who takes care of everything for him. He has also fallen for Annie Clark, an associate at Davies. He has everything until he learns the degree to which the Davies Group will go in order to control The 500, the most influential, elite people in D.C. Using the criminal skills that he acquired from watching his dad, he attempts to discover …and then escape political, murderous intrigue.
    As Ford is drawn into the “barely legal” practices at Davies, I cringed. You know that he should get out now. Another associate with great political ties in Washington warns him, but Ford is too tempted by his success to leave. Pulled in two directions – because he does seem to have a functioning moral compass, I hated to see him get much too curious about the project that could get him, his dad, and his girlfriend killed. The money and tactics of the Davies Group made me wince. How much of this actually goes on? It’s depressing. The “honor among thieves” creed of his dad made me feel better about the world. Difficult to put down, the book would probably hook the guys in our house too.
    Four Stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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