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Final Target
     

Final Target

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by Steven Gore
 

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A man lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the victim of a violent assault the police are calling "road rage." If he recovers, prosecutors are waiting to indict him for conspiracy, eager to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

And he's the lucky one . . .

Private investigator Graham Gage believes the injured man—his closest friend Jack

Overview

A man lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the victim of a violent assault the police are calling "road rage." If he recovers, prosecutors are waiting to indict him for conspiracy, eager to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

And he's the lucky one . . .

Private investigator Graham Gage believes the injured man—his closest friend Jack Burch—had no part in the ever-widening criminal conspiracy surrounding the collapse of defense contractor SatTek Industries. But Gage's search for the truth is rocketing him to hot spots around the globe—and dragging him into a deadly morass of lies, greed, and terror alongside traitors, killers, and international gangsters. As the plot slowly unravels the body count soars, and Gage finds himself in an impossible race to prevent the unimaginable.

Because the first target was his friend . . . but the final target is his country.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
PI Graham Gage must find the person responsible for shooting his best friend, attorney Jack Burch. While Burch lies unconscious in the ICU, federal agents are investigating him for conspiracy, fraud, and other crimes in connection with the collapse of a defense contractor. To find the truth, Gage puts together a team that crosses international boundaries and dips into the shadowy world of the Russian mafia. VERDICT Drawing on his expertise as a private investigator, Gore has written an exciting debut thriller that will both educate and entertain the reader. With his command of storytelling and insider's knowledge, Gore can go up against Nelson DeMille and Daniel Silva and come out a contender. [HarperCollins's Harper imprint just published a mass-market edition of this work (ISBN 978-0-06-178218-3. pap. $9.99).—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews
To save a beset friend, a San Francisco p.i. takes on American law enforcement, international capitalism and thugs from just about anywhere in Gore's accomplished debut. Jack Burch, a white-shoe lawyer who operates at a level high enough for air-sickness and complex enough to confuse even him at times, takes a bullet in the chest that San Francisco cops attribute to road rage. Well, maybe. Burch goes jogging; witnesses describe an altercation; shots are fired; the shooter flees unidentified; and Burch lands in the hospital, comatose. Essentially, that's the story told to p.i. extraordinaire Graham Gage, Burch's best friend. Abruptly, however, the story takes a nasty turn when it becomes clear the Department of Justice is almost as eager as Gage for Burch to recover. That's because the Feds think Burch is guilty of certain high crimes and misdemeanors and anticipate gratifying headlines for putting him away. Helping to make the case is Stuart Matson, shifty president of SatTek Incorporated, a one-time defense contractor now coming apart at the seams. Some are convinced that Burch played a fraudulent part in the SatTek debacle. It doesn't take Gage long to understand that Matson is a congenital liar and that the Feds are credulous simply because they want to be: Careers can be made from a juicy conviction, especially when fresh corpses drive the headlines. A bit long, but Gore has a deft way with one-liners, and in Gage, who views the world through eyes as cool as Sam Spade's, he has a keeper.
Publishers Weekly
Getting shot during his morning jog through San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood may be one of attorney Jack Burch's lesser problems, as his best friend, cop-turned-PI Graham Gage, swiftly discovers in Gore's promising, Bourne-again debut. Among other problems Burch faces while he remains in intensive care are a violent robbery at his law office; pressure from Russian and Ukrainian gangsters steamed about a natural gas deal he just brokered; and rumors he might be the focus of a probe into fraud at a failed Silicon Valley defense contractor, SatTek. Within days, Gage and his gumshoes are chasing leads on three continents—and finding a toxic web of corruption, treachery, and dead ends. Gore, a former Bay Area private investigator, knows how to tell a compelling story, though the overly convoluted plot and uneven characterizations undercut the suspense toward the end. (May)
Sheldon Siegel
"Steven Gore bursts onto the international thriller scene with a captivating debut in FINAL TARGET. Lightning paced, deftly plotted, and compulsively readable, FINAL TARGET is a stellar debut. We will be hearing much more from Steven Gore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late."
-Sheldon Siegel
“Steven Gore bursts onto the international thriller scene with a captivating debut in FINAL TARGET. Lightning paced, deftly plotted, and compulsively readable, FINAL TARGET is a stellar debut. We will be hearing much more from Steven Gore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late.”
-Cornelia Read
“FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups.”
-Phillip Margolin
“Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure.”
Cornelia Read
"FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups."
Phillip Margolin
"Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure."
From the Publisher

“An action-packed, debut thriller”    -–Phillip Margolin
 
STARRED REVIEW
“Drawing on his expertise as a private investigator, Gore has written an exciting debut thriller that will both educate and entertain the reader. With his command of storytelling and insider's knowledge, Gore can go up against Nelson DeMille and Daniel Silva and come out a contender.”    —Library  Journal  starred review
 
“Gore, a former Bay Area private investigator, knows how to tell a compelling story….”   –Publishers Weekly
 
“To save a beset friend, a San Francisco p.i. takes on American law enforcement, international capitalism and thugs from just about anywhere in Gore's accomplished debut….Gore has a deft way with one-liners, and in Gage, who views the world through eyes as cool as Sam Spade's, he has a keeper.”         —Kirkus Reviews
 
“First-novelist Gore, calling on his own experiences as a PI, creates in Gage an appealing  protagonist who does what he has to do, saying “If they ever get us, it’ll only be for something we didn’t  do.” First-rate action, tempered with humanity.”         — Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062001689
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Series:
A Graham Gage Thriller , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
79,666
File size:
562 KB

What People are Saying About This

Phillip Margolin
“Steven Gore’s ‘Final Target’ is an action packed debut thriller with a unique plot and vivid characters that gives readers a fascinating look into the world of international industrial espionage. I’m looking forward to the investigator Graham Gage’s next adventure.”
Cornelia Read
“FINAL TARGET is a smart, riveting, knock-your-socks-off debut thriller—James Bond for grownups.”

Meet the Author

Steven Gore is a former private investigator turned “masterful” writer (Publishers Weekly), who  combines “a command of storytelling” with “insider knowledge” (Library Journal). With a unique voice honed on the street and in the Harlan Donnally and Graham Gage novels, Gore’s stories are grounded in his decades spent investigating murder; fraud; organized crime; corruption; and drug, sex, and arms trafficking throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured on 60 Minutes and honored for investigative excellence. Gore lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Final Target 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
SouthernHoosier More than 1 year ago
First time writer Steven Gore builds the intrigue right from the start and doesn't let up. The characters are wonderfully well developed. Graham Gage is the understated hero chasing the clues in this international thriller, while fighting off mobsters, politicians and bankers who often all look the same. The scary part is this story is all based on true current events and possible real live situations. Makes you think. This will keep you turning the pages and wanting more.
shethereader More than 1 year ago
The off beat characters and international mystery add so much, it was hard to put it down. Cutting edge and current world happenings made it even more interesting. Good to know there will be more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Final Target is an extremely engaging mystery, in the style of many other page turners that keep you up way past your lights-out time. But be careful: you just might learn something about international finance, police work and the life of an investigator. Well done! Bravo to the newest, bestest story teller on the block. Steven Gore has arrived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, never boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good for a first novel. Although it's too long & somewhat over the top, I'd feel comfortable buying this author's next book. aj west
Progdad More than 1 year ago
Once you get srarted this story just runs and runs. I'd love to have the main character's air miles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this book, you will enjoy it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Katie sends the letter to the FBI in San Francisco that President Matson of Surveillance and Targeting Technologies (SatTek) of San Jose was conducting illegal offshore money dumping. The whistleblower remembers her Russian name is Ekaterina just before she is killed. International lawyer, Jack Burch is shot while jogging. He remains in a coma in a San Francisco Medical hospital. At about the same time Matson plea bargains with Assistant U.S. Attorney William Peterson over his jail time for embezzling three hundred million dollars in an offshore dumping. He blames the affair on comatose Burch, his attorney in setting up the offshore firms. While the Feds led by Peterson salivate over hanging Burch for the white collar crimes and subsequent corporate collapse, his best friend private investigator Graham Gage rejects the theory of criminal activity by his buddy. He searches for the shooter and soon also who killed the whistleblower. He and his team begin to find ties between Matson and the Ukrainian mafia with links to that country's presidency; treason apparently in two nations but the Feds prefers to not go that route. This is a great financial investigative thriller that grips readers with Katie's dying opening act and never slows down as Gage leads an inquiry that spans several nations in two continents while the Feds choose the easier low road. Fast-paced and gripping, sub-genre fans will relish Steven Gore's strong tale that the author states in the afterward is based on real events of which he probed. Note to Poisoned Pen readers: this book was released as a mass market by HarperCollins in February. Harriet Klausner
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Really did not like the format of the pages. The fonts was messed up. A few lines here and there per page. Yes I do know how to change formates and fonts. This just did'nt work. Whats up publishers? Always turning pages. Hated it. 409 pages......NOT....Story okay. Give it 2.5 stars. Not sure if I'll read anymore of Gores books if the formate is like this one. Afraid to try.
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Can someone see if they can this book to post -Anything-Testing would do.I've tried about 25 times and nothing.I'mhoping there will be that one person who would also give it a try.COMPLETELY BAFFELED!!!!!!
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Post this on three other books and look under your pillow