Heir Apparent

Heir Apparent

by Tom Spears

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Heir Apparent by Tom Spears

Many executives long to become the boss, the leader of their corporation. But only one person gets to fill that role, and opportunities to succeed the CEO of a successful company are few and far between. Execs battle one another, hoping to hold the unofficial title of 'Heir Apparent.'

In a large Midwestern city, one Heir Apparent is about to slip off the CEO track. Permanently.

There is still time to stop it, but at quite a cost. By carefully eliminating the cause of the coming derailment, the executive can even speed the succession process. Doing so, however, requires multiple murders of a sort so foul, they terrorize the entire corporate community and captivate the media.

Thus, the Kansas City CEO Serial Killer is born.

Joel Smith, a retired CIA field operative, is hired by George Crawford, CEO of Sangreen Industries, to make sure he doesn�t become the killer's next victim. Smith works closely on the case with Evangelina (Van) Sikes, a homicide detective and savant working for KCPD. As the FBI digs into the serial killer concept, Smith and Sikes alone continue to pursue the theory that the killer is a close business associate of one of the first two victims.

As the pair close in on the killer, the stakes get higher as they become targets themselves.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016348643
Publisher: Tom Spears
Publication date: 03/02/2013
Series: Joel Smith , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 430
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tom Spears earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He spent twenty-seven years working for four U.S. based, public corporations. During fifteen of those years he held a title of President or Group President. Tom retired from his last Group President position in 2010 to pursue his interest in writing fiction. He still consults occasionally, having expertise in manufacturing, engineering, pricing, strategy, and corporate politics. Tom lives with his wife and six children in Ashland, Nebraska.

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Heir Apparent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GlfHackJS More than 1 year ago
What a great read!!!!  Spears' writing style really keeps the reader engaged from the first page to the last.  There are several murder suspects introduced throughout the book and, even up to the last page, the reader really doesn't know who all was involved...... This Corporate Thriller is told in the context of real world, believable, and sometimes breathtaking experiences of the author in corporate life.  When the book is finished, I reflected on just how vulnerable corporate CEO's really are in this complex world today. I highly recommend the book!
EPG More than 1 year ago
Riveting Corporate Thriller! I just couldn’t put this book down. It is by far the best corporate thriller that I have read. The fact that the inspiration for the story had its roots in the corporate world was fascinating. The development of the characters was exceptional and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing throughout the book. This book is a “must read”.
CraigPleskac More than 1 year ago
I have a new favorite Tom Spears novel! From the very first chapter Tom sets the tone for this action packed and plot twisting corporate thriller. The story line reintroduces Joel Smith as a somewhat unlikely yet very convincing hero. I found myself going back and revisiting a few chapters in Tom’s previous novel Deliverables to reacquaint myself with Joel’s character. Tom introduces new characters throughout Heir Apparent, and I found myself guessing and second guessing about who the killer was. Yet the individual was revealed is was still a surprise. Just like Tom’s previous novels Heir Apparent is very difficult to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know how some books are really slow in the beginning and don't pick up speed until the very end? This is not the case in "Heir Apparent." Readers are drawn into a developing crime in the very beginning of the novel, and are introduced to the story from the killer's perspective. The novel proceeds with activity from the eyes of the killer, returning detective, Joel Smith, and the police. Spears' writing style never lets the reader's attention waver. This is the best, most entertaining and intriguing novel from Tom Spears yet.
Sam-AH More than 1 year ago
In Heir Apparent, Tom Spears seems to have shifted gears into the frantic pace you normally see in Jeffrey Deaver, complete with an unpredictable twist at every page all within a corporate setting. This makes it unique to Tom Spears and succeeds in putting you right in the center of its tense atmosphere. This is a book you will find difficult to put down even when you have important commitments early the next day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were major twists and turns in Heir Apparent, almost from the beginning.  We get to spend time inside the serial killer's head as he/she (the author hides this bit of information) commits the first two murders, and realize this is a budding killer who is just developing a taste for the work.  I found myself cheering for Joel Smith and Van Sikes, even though they both seemed to be flawed characters.  The author kept me guessing how the story would turn out right up to the end.
Ahwautukee More than 1 year ago
Reporting directly to corporate CEO’s over the years has given many the opportunities to learn from true leaders as well as shaking ones head to how certain people could even become a CEO. Even then it would be hard to imagine someone killing a CEO because of hate or perhaps wanting their job. In Tom Spears latest corporate thriller HEIR APPARENT someone is most certainly doing this in Kansas City; killing not once, but several times. As the Kansas City Police Department and the FBI begin their investigation to whether the killings are via a serial killer or separate cases, the plot thickens with no shortage of suspects. Pleased to see that Spears has brought back Joel Smith, a retired CIA Field Operative, whose unique skills adapt quite well to solving the complexities of such a case. Joel is not as witty as he was in Spears previous novel DELIVERABLES, although I hope we continue to see more of him. HEIR APPARENT is well written, and quite evident by a corporate insider. The action is continuous with surprises even until the end. Fun reading!