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It started as only a prank, but now Adam Cassidy is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia...everyone is out to get him.
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It was only a prank: diverting cash from Wyatt Telecom's executive slush fund to throw a retirement bash for a member of the loading dock crew. But when corporate security catches up with Adam Cassidy, a low ambition junior staffer at the high-tech behemoth, they call it something else: embezzlement, to the tune of nearly $80 grand.
Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora," and report back to Wyatt.
With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and even a lovely lady who thinks he's a dream. But it's all just a mirage, because Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia...everyone is out to get him...
Praise for Paranoia
“Jet-propelled...this twisting, stealthily plotted story ...weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web...[with a] killer twist for the end.”
—The New York Times
“Riveting...perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, Finder is reminiscent of Michael Crichton, only with more character development and less slavish attention to detail...in the case of Paranoia, he’s an expert on suspenseful storytelling that is at once slick and substantive...you may think you’ve read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you’ll think again.”
“Kudos to Joseph Finder...in Finder’s lively prose, even his thumbnail sketches come alive...it may go without saying that in a thriller of this quality, just about everyone has a story that’s other than it first appears. What sets Paranoia apart from others of its genre is not only Finder’s fun, chatty prose, but also his command of the setting. A former Sovietologist, the author knows his spy stuff—and has researched well the ins and outs of post-Enron corporate security...in a way, it’s an intellectual puzzle that he has shaped into a thriller.”
“Paranoia is a cleverly nuanced suspense story. It builds slowly and relentlessly, developing character and plot, creating intrigue...fresh, original, and without cliché, this is a cerebral, contemporary thriller that ends with a wrenching twist followed by a supple extra turn.”
“A superbly edgy read...fraught action scenes worthy of the best heist movies...in Paranoia, Finder mines a rich vein of scary entertainment...grab[s] readers by their throats the way The Da Vinci Code did.”
—New York Daily News
“Masterfully told and thoroughly engrossing.”
“This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes...relentless suspense...a first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop ... the most entertaining thriller of 2004.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form...late in the book we discover how completely we have been fooled, and with real escapist pleasure.”
—The New Yorker
“Edge of your seat action...you’ll think twice about who’s watching you at work!”
“Fun...movie-ready...twists aplenty...the fear of seeing Cassidy exposed as a spy...provides more chills than any ghoul with a chain saw.”
“Paranoia is a built-for-speed thrill ride. What raises it above...is its author’s verbal and satirical flair.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Paranoia is an incredibly clever novel. I love Joseph Finder’s writing, and this time, he surpasses himself with some of the best dialogue and characterizations I’ve read in a long time. The plot is reminiscent of a classic Cold War spy story, but it’s set in a modern, high-tech corporation, complete with espionage, moles, double agents, and the spy who wants to come in from the cold. If there’s such a thing as an instant classic, this is it.”
—Nelson DeMille, author of Up Country
“One of those all-too-rare but absolutely unforgettable books that rewrites the rules for contemporary thrillers. Finder’s loyal fans have long known what a terrific writer he is, but with Paranoia he has written what is destined to be a classic of suspense fiction. Paranoia is a knockout—a fresh, original, and compelling novel that is impossible to put down.”
—Daniel Silva, author of The Confessor
“The real thing—a sleek, hip, and fast-paced thriller that gets its hooks in you from the very first page. It’s a terrific combination of nail-biting suspense, great characters with depth and real heart, and a fresh, original voice.”
—Lisa Scottoline, author of Dead Ringer
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Copyright © 2004 by Joseph Finder. All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
This one’s for Henry: brother and consigliere and, as always, for the two girls in my life: my wife, Michele, and my daughter, Emma.
*Fix*: A CIA term, of Cold War origin, that refers to a person who is to be compromised or blackmailed so that he will do the Agency’s bidding.
Until the whole ...
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Reviewed by kartikpatel on Feb 20, 2013
Excellent Book. Form First word to last word. I want to rate 10 out of 5. If U like Thrillers and don't hv any important work to do, U will finish it in 1 sitting after 5th chapter. With all simplest words and every precise detail of Clothes, Character and Looks
Reviewed by ce303 on Dec 26, 2012
I'm not a very interested reader but this book I could not put it down.
Reviewed by GpsGuru on Mar 16, 2010
Didn't like the ending
I enjoyed the book. My only big complaint was the abrupt ending. I personally dislike stores which don't really end. I don't want to make up my own ending.
Reviewed by jcooper3 on Jun 25, 2012
Wouldve gotten 5 stars if...
the ending didn't leave me hanging. From the title all the way until the ending, I was engrossed, hanging onto the edge of my seat. It was so good, I changed my subscription settings. Extremely well thought out until the end, but hopefully this means there will be a part 2.
Reviewed by suesuetwins on Mar 30, 2012
i was totally into this book. it only took me a few days to read and that was only because i had a lot of other things to do. i didn't want it to end. i'll definitely read more from this author.
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