…[a] brilliant, deeply cynical new literary thriller. The Finder is a panoramic look at the linked lives of perhaps a dozen characters, from billionaire financiers to Mafia thugs, from Mexican teenagers with forged green cards to society matrons who gossip about a "wheelchair gigolo"…As a study of a decadent, rapidly declining New York, The Finder somewhat recalls Tom Wolfe's 1987 bestseller The Bonfire of the Vanities, but this is a far darker story and, to my mind, a far more interesting one. Harrison's Big Apple is rotten to the core…Yes, this is a dark, violent, sometimes odoriferous novel, but it is also a delightful one because Harrison knows so much and writes so well.
The Washington Post
In The Finder, as in earlier thrillers like Manhattan Nocturne and The Havana Room, Mr. Harrison combines a Balzacian eye for social detail and a poet's sense of mood with a sleazily sensationalistic plot…A lot of the developments in The Finder are completely preposterous, if you stop to think about them. But Mr. Harrison keeps his foot so firmly on the gas that he rarely gives the reader a chance to notice such problems. In doing so he succeeds in giving us a chilling, high-speed roller coaster of a ride that doubles as a sardonic sightseeing tour of the seamier side of New York City.
The New York Times
Jason Culp's narration adds edge to this tightly plotted corporate thriller about the deadly chain of events launched by a pharmaceutical firm executive after he discovers that a paper-shredding firm is stealing financial secrets from his wastepaper baskets. Harrison delights in providing descriptive nuggets about the buildings and culture of New York City. In the wrong hands, these could become dull, but Culp delivers the exposition with vigor and never allows the pacing to flag. When voicing dialogue, he produces an array of convincing accents, and subtly indicates gender with slight shifts in pitch. The novel's action scenes-particularly a short, vicious fight involving a pair of hedge clippers-develop an especially visceral impact when Culp narrates them. In sum, the gripping story and the deft reading make for a solid listening experience. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18). (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Harrison's (The Havana Room) latest thriller opens with the explosive, rather disgusting murder of two seemingly unimportant Mexican illegals and, from there, pulls readers in on a ride they won't want to end. Harrison manages to connect an assorted group of characters: an ex-fireman almost destroyed by 9/11, a brilliant Chinese woman on the run, a dying police officer working his last case, small-time mafiosi, and an aging multibillionaire who will do whatever it takes to keep his reputation intact. Ray Grant is just trying to take care of his dying father and come to terms with his past-he had no idea when he hooked up with the pretty Jin-Li that he would be opening the door to a twisting world of greed, murder, and manipulation. When Jin-Li, connected to her brother's paper-shredding company (where secrets are not always shredded), goes on the run, Ray is the only one who can safely find her. Add to the growing list of Harrison thrillers that cannot be put down; highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ12/07.]
Marianne Fitzgerald Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Lawless Chinese capitalists attack lawless American capitalists in a smooth thriller that includes a little sex, the mob and a load of sewage. Beautiful Jin Li, manager of a Manhattan office-cleaning firm, ducks death when she steps away for a pee on the beach while her Mexican cleaning crew, still smoking dope in their battered Toyota, drowns in a load of sewage dumped from a septic tank-cleaning truck through the car's sunroof. It's no industrial accident. The culprits were following orders on a job commissioned indirectly by an executive of Good Pharma, a pharmaceutical firm from whom Jin Li had been stealing information. The clues, pieced together from office wastebaskets, point to Jin Li's brother Chen, a stupendously rich young Shanghai businessman with a greedy eye on Western markets. Jin Li goes into deep hiding and Chen flies over with some goons to find her, pressing into service Jin Li's strong, silent, ex-boyfriend Ray Grant, using Ray's dying father, a retired NYPD detective, as Ray's pressure point. The senior Grant is on his way out of this world, eased by opiates, but he's still got the stuff, pointing Ray in the right direction to find his terrified girlfriend. The route to Jin Li goes by way of the New York storm-sewer system, where Ray finds clues leading to the septic-cleaning firm, its evil hoodlum owner, the hoodlum's dungeon room, the pharmaceutical firm and an extremely fierce and stupendously rich old investor who is seriously unhappy with Good Pharma's sinking stock. Dancing in frantic fear on the sideline is the Good Pharma exec who started all the mischief and whose wife, a canny physician, has begun to discover her husband's perfidy. Harrison (The Havana Room,2004, etc.) keeps it all moving at a breakneck pace. Love, lust, money, treachery, death and violence, all in a nice tidy package. Agent: Kris Dahl/ICM
“Jake is our hero - funny, courageous, and wickedly clever - and Boutsikaris reads his character with just the right touch. He does a great job portraying the many other players and reads at a good brisk pace that reflects the building tension and action.” Library Journal
“Jason Culp's narration adds edge to this tightly plotted corporate thriller…The gripping story and the deft reading make for a solid listening experience.” Publishers Weekly
“You don't read Colin Harrison, you devour him.” The Philadelphia Enquirer
“His [Narrator Jason Culp] timing...is quite good, and he changes his tone and pitch for different characters, so we never get bored by his delivery.” The Sunday Journal Sentinel
“As sharp and insidery as a Tom Wolfe opus, with the giddyup pacing of an airport-rack paperback.” Men's Journal on Havana Room
“[Harrison is] the class act of the urban thriller. A.” Entertainment Weekly on Havana Room
“A consistently entertaining story . . . [Harrison] is a master of mood and atmosphere.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times on Havana Room
“A great read, an elegantly crafted thriller you won't want to put down.” Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post on Havana Room
“A practically perfect literary thriller with a bitter lingering “afterburn” indeed.” Kirkus Reviews on Afterburn
“Extraordinary . . . A masterpiece.” The Washington Post on Afterburn
“Colin Harrison will have you gasping for breath in the eyeball-popping opening chapter of The Finder, his latest New York thriller, one unlikely to be distributed by the Tourism Bureau . . . Once again he's mucking about in the city's greedy underbelly in a pulsating novel that obscenely documents the gritty, ugly intersection of commerce and corruption . . . Harrison (The Havana Room, Afterburn) writes like Rambo on meth and throws in enough black humor to prove he's more brains than brawn.” USA Today
“[Harrison] is an uncommonly astute writer.” The Seattle Times