The Directive: A Novel

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Two brothers, millions of dollars—and the heist of a lifetime

After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game—this time the stakes are even higher.

Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds ...

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Overview

Two brothers, millions of dollars—and the heist of a lifetime

After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game—this time the stakes are even higher.

Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds himself trapped by the dangerous men in charge—and forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.

In this sharp, pulse-pounding sequel to THE 500, Mike Ford again stars as the cunning and courageous ex-con man with a big heart, and Matthew Quirk confirms that he is one of the most exciting thriller writers at work today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Washington, D.C., political fixer Mike Ford wouldn’t flinch at a .45 to the temple, but as his wedding to the woman of his dreams, fellow lawyer Annie Clark, approaches, he begins to freak out, in Quirk’s fast-paced sequel to The 500. And that’s even before some mysterious heavies threaten to kill Annie unless Mike helps them pull off a risky high-tech heist involving breaching the security of the New York Federal Reserve. In addition, Mike discovers that his partner in crime—ostensibly also strong-armed—will be his long-estranged brother, Jack, an inveterate con man who embodies the toxic past that Mike has struggled so hard to put behind him. Quirk keeps the action credible, from Beltway backstory to the white-knuckle caper at the New York Fed, but all the triple-crosses can’t conceal the fact that most of the characters serve as little more than action figures in a game whose biggest surprise many readers will guess in advance. Agent: Shawn Coyne, Endeavor Agency. (May)
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A roller coaster of a thriller...The Directive does for the Fed what Alan Drury did for Senate intrigue with his Pulitzer Prize winning Advise and Consent, what Aaron Sorkin did for the White House in The West Wing and, now, what Beau Willimon, is doing for the Congress with House of Cards...Quirk's writings drips with the kind of eye for the telling detail that only a canny reporter, detective, or spy possesses....If you like Ludlum you are certain to like Quirk."

Ralph Benko, Forbes.com

"Thrilling. Fascinating details (how to pick which locks, how to con trusting people) combine with a relentlessly charged plot. Stellar."—Michele Ross, Cleaveland Plain Dealer (Grade: A)

"An action-packed thriller that should end up in many beach bags."—Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Solidly researched, with elements of a technothriller, this is a nonstop, heart-pounding ride in which moral blacks and whites turn gray in 'the efficient alignment of power and interests' that is big-time politics. Quirk has another high-powered hit on his hands."
Booklist (Starred Review)

"Sustained by Quirk's research, an engrossing plot, the ever-increasing tension of a deadly cat and mouse game, and high stakes, this page-turner will attract not only fans of such financial-thriller authors as Christopher Reich and Joseph Finder but all those looking for a fun, fast-flowing beach read."—Library Journal

"Another exciting page-turner. . . the mix of business-insider insight and deception propels this compelling story from Quirk."—Associated Press

Praise for THE 500:

"Gripping...the action never lets up for a second, and the pages cannot be turned fast enough."—Associated Press

"This ripping yarn springs and snaps along like a row of wolf traps."—Newsday

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
A young Washington, D.C., attorney who inherited his con man father's skills and love of risk is forced under pain of death to steal trading secrets worth billions from the Federal Reserve Bank.Mike Ford may be a Harvard Law graduate, but he never learns. In Quirk's previous novel, The 500 (2012), he got in murderously over his head spying on influential congressmen for a life-altering payday. In this new book, a brutal schemer threatens to kill Mike and his brother, Jack, a chronic screw-up on the verge of landing in prison like their old man, unless Mike breaks into the D.C. office that issues billion-dollar trading directives to the Fed. When, on the eve of his engagement party, Mike starts offering phony excuses for his sudden disappearances, he angers his fiancee, Annie, one of the spoils of The 500. Her snooty British father, who runs a shadowy hedge fund, has never liked him. Pulling stunts like bursting into a social gathering and threatening a man with a knife doesn't smooth tensions with her. After enduring grueling torture, Mike applies his considerable skills to the heist, including picking supposedly impenetrable locks, cracking security systems and setting up his own surveillance. He also sets traps for the bad guys—for whom, he increasingly suspects, Jack is working. There's enough action for three thrillers and plenty of twists and turns. But the shaky plot, which revolves around Mike's trust-him, don't-trust-him feelings toward his brother, quickly becomes tiresome. Mike's cardboard personality ensures that the book will fail to involve the reader more than superficially.A fast-paced but emotionally empty follow-up to The 500.
Library Journal
03/15/2014
In Quirk's follow-up to his acclaimed debut thriller, The 500, attorney Mike Ford is again on the run, this time framed for murder and pursued by conspirators who willingly kill to coerce his aid. With Mike as front man, they plan to steal—before its release—the top-secret directive regularly issued by the Federal Reserve to guide U.S. economic policy. Mike's con man father is out of prison but not much help; his untrustworthy brother, Jack, having flubbed his part in the conspiracy, is willing to sacrifice Mike's life to save his own. The father of Mike's fiancée, a wealthy power broker, hates Mike. The female CEO of a security firm wants to help, but her actions threaten to sabotage Mike and Annie's wedding. These problems fade to insignificance when Mike realizes that to survive he will have to do the impossible—gain access to and egress from one of the most secure sites in Washington, DC. VERDICT Sustained by Quirk's research, an engrossing plot, the ever-increasing tension of a deadly cat and mouse game, and high stakes, this page-turner will attract not only fans of such financial-thriller authors as Christopher Reich and Joseph Finder but all those looking for a fun, fast-flowing beach read. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/13.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316198646
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 74,639
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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 crime, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. Quirk's first novel was The 500, which is currently in development as a major motion picture. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I received this e-galley from Net Galley and Little, Brown and C

    I received this e-galley from Net Galley and Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review.  
    Thank you both for the opportunity.

    The Directive is story about Mike Ford who has both a father and a brother who have done time.  Mike, the younger brother,
    grew out of that stage and has moved on with his life.  He has an amazing job, house and a fiance' who stands to inherit a lot of money.

    After deciding that he wants his brother to be in the wedding, after not doing so for a long time, he goes to see him.  
    That's where the trouble begins.  Mike is made to do all kinds of things that he doesn't want to do and I kind of wondered
    whether the bad guys wanted his brother at all.

    While I really wanted to find out who was using and the instigator behind it all, I have my suspicions, I just couldn't get back to it

    I'm not a huge thriller reader, but if they keep my attention, I can get through them.  This one was becoming somewhat redundant for me.
     Maybe the fact that I did not read the first book, "500", that did not help in this matter.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Just when you think the exploits and adventures of Mike Ford ca

    Just when you think the exploits and adventures of Mike Ford can't get any more exciting, along comes The Directive. A sequel to The 500, the story of this riveting character continues. Quirk, once again, combines intrigue, suspense, and humor to create a compelling novel filled with twists and turns. A terrific must-read for the summer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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