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The Insider
     

The Insider

4.4 10
by Reece Hirsch
 

An explosive debut thriller

First corporate attorney Will Connelly's colleague hurtles to his death outside his office window. Within days, Will is a prime suspect in a murder, the target of an S.E.C. insider trading investigation, and a pawn in a complex criminal scheme involving the Russian mafia and a ruthless terrorist plot. Now, to top things off, he

Overview

An explosive debut thriller

First corporate attorney Will Connelly's colleague hurtles to his death outside his office window. Within days, Will is a prime suspect in a murder, the target of an S.E.C. insider trading investigation, and a pawn in a complex criminal scheme involving the Russian mafia and a ruthless terrorist plot. Now, to top things off, he must ensure a deadly enemy doesn't gain access to the nation's most sensitive and confidential information-that has the power to do incalculable, irrevocable harm.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Regulatory attorney Hirsch's debut thriller has something for everyone. Will Connelly is on the verge of becoming a partner at Reynolds, Fincher and McComb when his colleague Ben Fisher, the lead attorney on the merger between Jupiter Software and computer giant Pearl Systems, falls 39 floors to his death. Suicide is unlikely, and why did Ben have Will's building access card? Will takes over the merger negotiations and celebrates his partnership by picking up a Russian woman at a club, only to find himself at the mercy of a ring of small-time Russian mobsters with designs on a top-secret NSA computer chip that Jupiter built. If the Russians don't get him, the SEC and Department of Justice will. Hirsch's fast-paced, film-ready plot and tough, ambitious characters will keep fans of legal thrillers on the edge of their seats. (May)
From the Publisher
"Gripping and gritty, The Insider sizzles with tension and twists that both entertain and magnetize. All the danger, treachery, and action that make a reader clamor for more are there. Well done."
-New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Berry

"Deftly filled with intricate twists and turns."
-New York Times Bestselling Author Sheldon Siegel

"San Francisco, the Russian mob, big business, and very fine legal madness-great stuff."
-New York Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart

"An extraordinary, fast-paced thriller with compelling characters, understated humor, and a great story."
-Michelle Gagnon, author of The Gatekeeper

"Fresh and genuinely exciting."
-Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land

"A cross between John Grisham and Eastern Promises."
-Michelle Gagnon

"A deft plot, blistering action, and plenty of unexpected twists."
-Sophie Littlefield

"Compelling in its intensity...Watch out, John Grisham!"
-Gayle Lynds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234624
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Insider 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Aradanryl More than 1 year ago
Wonderful legal thriller that kept me mesmerized from start to finish. Likeable characters that left me wishing I could run out and get another book by this author. Excellent debut, this is destined to be a winner. *This book was provided through the GoodReads First Read program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own.
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
I thought this story was INTENSE!!! What a roller coaster ride. I can't believe I won such an awesome title on the Goodreads giveaway. From the first chapter this book makes you a hostage to the main character's situation, and for being Reece Hirsch's first novel...WOW!! He is an extremely talented author and I hope to see more titles by him soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
xXx_Hikari_Ame_xXx More than 1 year ago
Goodreads First Reads Winner Hard to believe that this is author Reece Hirsch’s first book; The Insider does not read like a debut at all. Take bits and pieces pieces from a legal thriller, an organized crime story, and a race-against-the-clock terrorist plot, and you get this wonderfully complex page turner. From the very first chapter all the way to the last, The Insider is non-stop action. If you like thrillers, you’ll love The Insider, frankly, you’ll even have a hard time putting it down. From the very first chapter, I was addicted. The Insider took me on a wild ride along with the main character, Will Connelly. The twists and turns kept me flipping the pages. Hirsch gives the reader just enough description without slowing the pace of the story. You won’t be disappointed. Unlike many protagonists in the mystery and thriller genre—actually just in most genres in general—, Will manages to stay calm most of the time and can think on his feet. He makes amateurish errors but they are, for the most part, in keeping with his character. He is even smart ask for help when he needs it. Overall, it’s a well told story. If you’re a Patterson or Connelly fan, then you should definitely give this one a try.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
"The insider" by Reece Hirsch follows a lawyer named Will Connelly who gets involved with Russian mobsters intent on using him to get into the mafia, all the while sinister things are happening at his law firm after an associate gets killed after falling from his office window. Will, who is shortly thereafter promoted to partner, worked with Ben before his fall and has trouble believing that this is an act of suicide. But who would want to murder Ben, a tax lawyer? Events heat up as Will goes to a bar to celebrate his being promoted to partner-only to meet Katya, an attractive Russian security-firm receptionist who he has a one-night stand with, all the while accidentally revealing the top secret merger his company is working on with Jupiter Software, a company specializing in encryption. To complicate matters, Will has just been appointed to lead counsel on the case-representing Jupiter's interests-and if word gets out about the merger, from Katya or otherwise, Will can be prosecuted for Insider trading. The next morning, two Russian thugs by the name of Yuri and Nikolai come knocking at Katya's door-and won't leave Will alone until he tells them the outcome of the merger, and finds them a certain encryption key created by Jupiter and much wanted by their terrorist friend. To make things harder for Will, the police are suspecting that he might have something to do with Ben's death, and are gathering information about him to make the arrest-until stronger evidence point him to being involved in insider trading. Faced with accusations of murder and insider fraud from SEC and the FBI, chased and threatened by Russian thugs, as well as on the brink of being fired from his job and losing his sanity-Will is forced to make some very hard choices. This is Reece Hirsch's debut thriller. Ok, so a couple of things. Hirsch worked as a lawyer himself and knows his way around a law office-bringing his knowledge to Will's character and his own time at the law office. He skips a lengthy introduction to the main character, doesn't delve on empty details, and avoids passive outcomes. The story starts off with a bang-Will sees Ben falling through his window-and jumps from there. Is the plot believable? Well, it's hard to say. But the read is fun.
Kara_Rutledge More than 1 year ago
The Insider was action packed from the get go. I couldn't put the book down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Definitely worth it. I would like to see this made into a movie.
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
This debut novel is a gripping and gritty tale staring San Francisco corporate attorney Will Connelly who becomes unwittingly ensnared in a complex scheme involving the Russian mafia and a terrorist plot to release Sarin nerve gas on the BART train system. The story opens when Will is attracted to his office window by a body plummeting to his death; he soon discovers it is one of his close colleagues Ben Fisher. It turns out Ben was lead negotiator for a client's quest to merge with "Jupiter Software", a world leader in the development of encryption software. This important case cannot be held up and Will finds himself thrust into the prominent position replacing his fellow attorney. As he digs deeper and gets involved, he discovers that Jupiter has a secret deal with NSA and could be complicit in a covert spy operation. His life changes drastically when the police consider him the prime suspect in Ben's murder and possibly guilty of insider trading. Framed and the new target, Ben realizes he must use all his smarts to stay alive and keep Jupiter and it's highly sought after technology from falling into the wrong hands. I like this novel; it is quite a stellar debut. The threads are non- stop action expertly woven together to provide an interesting and timely story. The plot is tense, fast paced and unpredictable, never a dull moment. I like Mr. Hirsch's writing; it flows smoothly, it is titillating in its humour with clever twists here and there, his words are well chosen, I found it to be a refreshing read. Although most characters are vividly portrayed and believable, Will comes across as naïve and gullible falling for every scheme in the book, not the qualities we associate with a skilled negotiator but likeable just the same:) Well done Mr. Hirsch, I am looking forward to your next novel.
Billjr13 More than 1 year ago
The Insider, a real action thriller set in the world of corporate espionage. I enjoyed this book and it is a relatively quick book to read. The main character is likeable and fairly believable. Will Connelly is an attorney who has just made partner in his law firm when all hell breaks loose. A colleague takes a header off of their office building right past Will's window. It seems that the dead man had tried to call Will earlier and somehow Will's keycard was switched with the dead colleague too. That should put him on the top of the police's suspect list. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wrong girl in the wrong place and gets entangled with some Russian mobsters who want information. (Insider trading, information, like the title, get it?) Reece Hirsch does a good job letting the reader know what is going on in the corporate legal world without hitting you over the head with endless detail and jargon. We're reading about lawyers not trying to be one. Will seems to keep getting deeper and deeper into trouble and it looks like Hirsch has written him into a corner with no way out, but the resolution is quite elegant and does a nice job tying up all the loose ends. Hirsch really gives the reader a satisfying end and left me with the desire to read further exploits with Will Connelly.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, attorney Will Connelly arrives at work expecting to have made partnership at the firm Reynolds, Fincher & McComb LLP. However, instead of feeling euphoric, he watches in stunned shock and awe as tax attorney Ben Fisher falls from Will's thirty-eighth floor office window. SFPD Detective Kovach questions Will as he was the only other person present in the office and lying on the ground outside next to Ben's body is Will's access card. After the cops leave, the law firm's managing partner "Teflon Don" Rubinoswki informs Will he has been voted partner. He also will take charge of the late Ben's major project; a merger involving Jupiter Software company firm. That night Will stops at a neighborhood bar to quietly celebrate his promotion. There he meets Katya and leaves with her to go to her place. To impress her with his importance, he mentions the Jupiter Software merger. The next morning two Russians bust into her apartment; they beat up Will forcing him to give them information on the merger. He cannot turn to the police because he violated a legal ethics code involving attorney-client privilege and the insider trading rules of the SEC. Complicating his mess is when he learns his new client has a secret contract with the government involving encryption coding. The thugs sold the information to the Russian mob who demand Will obtains the Jupiter encryption code key so it can be sold on the black market. This is a complicated action-packed thriller as Will finds out one thing leads to another as Federal, State, and local law enforcement want a piece of his butt, and the Russian Mafiya want his entire butt. From the moment Ben dives until the final fabsulous twist, fans will enjoy this fast-paced terrorism thriller as the beleaguered hero struggles with what next; feeling like Murphy as nothing goes right. This is a fabulous must read chilling thriller Harriet Klausner