How good is Joseph Finder’s latest thriller? Let me put it this way: for the first time in a great while, I literally couldn’t put the book down — I HAD to know who was doing what to whom!
Danny Goodman is writing a biography of Jay Gould, the archetypal 19th century Robber Baron, when he crosses paths with Tom Galvin, an extremely wealthy investment manager, at the snotty private school where their 16-year-old daughters have struck up a close friendship. Danny is in deep trouble financially — between book advances, as it were — but finds a white knight in Tom, who befriends him. The two are both sons of blue-collar families and hit it off. Acting out of friendship, Tom loans Danny a large sum to bail him out.
Then the trouble starts. Big trouble. Life-threatening Big Trouble involving not one but two Mexican drug cartels. With taut prose, the increasingly complex plot of Suspicion steadily unwinds, building to a crescendo.
Suspicion by Joseph Finder (2014) @@@@@ (5 out of 5)
Joseph Finder is no stranger to thrilling tales of suspense. However, unlike so many of his peers in the field, his writing is not formulaic. A few of his books feature a stock hero, Nick Heller, but most are standalone tales built around their own complex logic. Finder has discovered high drama in industrial espionage, international finance, terrorism, and war in Central America.
I’ve read and reviewed a number of Finder’s other books, including Buried Secrets, The Zero Hour, and High Crimes. Every one of these novels is a fine example of the genre.
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