The Shadow Broker

The Shadow Broker

by Trace Conger


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ISBN-13: 9781500966973
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Mr. Finn , #1
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Trace Conger is an author in the crime, thriller, and suspense genres. Visit him online at

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The Shadow Broker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel serves to introduce Finn Harding, who lost his PI license and is reduced to scrounging for a living, dealing with less than savory persons to make ends meet. He lives on a houseboat on the Ohio River in Cincinnati, has an ex-wife and six-year-old daughter. Obviously, this book is the beginning of a series. Finn supposedly specializes in finding people who don’t want to be found, since doing so doesn’t require a license from the state. One such assignment comes from a man named Bishop who operates an internet site that offers purloined data illegally obtained by his criminal partners. It involves identifying a blackmailer, who is demanding $50,000 per month of Bishop to not disclose how he hacked into the site and is able to give the FBI all the background needed to prosecute. Finn is able to name the blackmailer, but as a result finds himself in a more complicated situation, facing possible death at the hands of his clients. Finn is an interesting protagonist, resourceful, energetic and calculating, although less than an upright citizen as events turn out. He knows the difference between right and wrong, but circumstances make it hard to be ethical when you have to cut corners to survive. It will be interesting to see what develops in the next novel in the series, “Scar Tissue.”
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Finn Harding lost his P.I. licence so he starts working for people who don't care if he has a licence as long as he can get the job done. His specialty is finding people who don't want to be found. This is exactly the type of man Bishop needs. Bishop has an Internet site where he offers to get/sell information that has been illegally obtained. Even with all the safe guards in place, someone hacked into the site and is blackmailing Bishop for $50,000 a month so he doesn't tell how he hacked the site and disclose all the customers names. Finn figures out who the blackmailer is, making Bishop a very happy man. This leads to more jobs which are hard for Finn to turn down but everything becomes very dangerous for Finn, his ex-wife and young daughter. Before he knows it, he has both good and bad guys after him and his family. Finn is a very likable character who is always trying to do his best for his family. It's hard not to like him but at the same time feel sorry for him. Because of his desire for money, he gets himself into increasingly unscrupulous  situations. I love his father! After Albert gets himself kicked out of the seniors home, Finn has him move on his houseboat with him. Albert is terrified of water so his antics are hilarious. I liked the plot and the concept of this crime thriller very much. It's a well and intricately written novel with remarkable action scenes. The detailed descriptions of the surroundings and character's movements made it easy to picture. I really enjoyed reading The Shadow Broker even though it is VERY violent. The characters in this novel were well put together and developed in a manner that makes them seem real and believable. Please note, I was given a complementary copy of The Shadow Broker in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read this ages ago, but still enjoyed the adventure again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit slow sometimes but probbly seemed that becaue i read a lot of crap and have a hard time slowing down to enjoy a nice ride. And this was a nice ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was happy with the book, but I had to go to amazon for the next book. Not good B&N!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books, that you don't want to end. So many clever little plots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shadow Broker is a well done story that kept my interest throughout. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! On the lookout for the next one. Thank you for this great read.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
When does a good man truly become bad? Is it the assortment of little things like bending the rules that pile up one at a time or the one big thing that there is no turning back from? How does a person live with the choices he has made and make those choices in the first place? Mr. Finn is a person that has dealt with such questions, seems to know himself and his limitations and is able to live with the decisions he has made and the actions he has taken. I am not sure I would be happy living his life but his story was definitely a thrilling read! There are questionable actions such as murder, torture, bending and breaking of rules and yet at the same time there is a sense that family is important – more important than anything else. Finn and his father come together to provide protection when it is most needed and friendships that are not expected occur between unlikely people. I enjoyed reading this first book in the Mr. Finn series and thank NetGalley and Black Mills Books for the copy given to me to read and review in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to obtain a promotional copy of this outstanding P.I. novel by Trace Conger. I had not heard of this writer and started reading it with minimal expectations. Wow- was I wrong. Believe me, Mr. Conger knows how to write and write amazingly well. I am in love with the Shadow Broker and Mr. Finn the protagonist in this creative, diverting, and involving novel. The characters are colorful, dynamic, and realistically drawn. The dialog is believable given what this wonderful novel is about. I was dejected when I finished Shadow Broker. Only when I read that Mr. Conger is working on his second book was I again as happy as I was when reading this well-written and entertaining novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and nice read enjoyed some of the secondary chacters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent , gripping, tense,good story..enjoyed the characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was great kept me on edge looking forward to reading another by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story line along with the players. Just wondered what happen to Fat Sam. Think i know now LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not horrible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, l'll pay for the rest of the series.
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
***CAUTION: VIOLENT CONTENT*** I am very glad this book was free. I was quite disappointed by it. Usually, if a book wins multiple awards, it's a pretty good bet I'll like it. Not this book, though. There are graphic scenes of torture, and lots of people getting shot. In fact, the entire plot can be summarized as this: criminals and a PI who will do anything for money all shoot each other and sometimes are tortured or watch other people commit torture. That's it. Very little character development, unless "bad, violent person" is your idea of character. The protagonist is a jerk who gets himself into trouble because he's greedy and not very bright. What can a reader do when she can't even sympathize with the main character? I had to skip over a lot of this book, because it was gratuitously violent. If graphic descriptions of violence aren't your thing, you won't like this book. I am deleting it and not reading anything else by this author.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
THE SHADOW BROKER is a debut novel that introduces the reader to Finn Harding..or Mr. Finn, as he is known to his clients. Once a Private Investigator, he got mixed up with some nefarious people and ultimately lost his license. Now working in the shadows, he specializes in finding people ... usually people who don't want to be found. And his clients don't care if he has a license or not. Finn is hired by a man who is running a black market information brokerage on the dark net. He is being blackmailed by someone who somehow got his list of buyers and sellers and he wants Finn to locate him. When he does, all sorts of things start happening. Finn finds himself, as well as his ex-wife and young daughter, in the line of fire from his client... his client's mob boss... FBI Agents from the cyber crime unit and a psychopathic killer. Now all he has to do is keep himself and his family alive. This is a well-written crime thriller. It moves at a rapid pace with lots of action. Dead bodies mount up. Finn is a multi-layered character. He walks a fine line between good and evil. He's not truly a bad guy...but not wholly a good guy, either. He mixes with the criminal element mainly because they pay real well and his daughter's private school is quite expensive. I read Book 3 first, then Book 1, and am currently reading Book 2. I would highly recommend reading the books in order. There is a slight cliff-hanger in this one that rocks right into Book 2. I chose to read THE SHADOW BROKER and all opinions expressed are unbiased and entirely my own. Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy.
JimJF More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one with good characters and interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting enough to keep you reading past your bedtime
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this