New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder delivers an exhilarating and timely thriller exploring how even the most powerful among us can be brought down by scandal and how the lies we tell one another - and ourselves - can never truly stay buried.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed by a powerful gossip website called Slander Sheet, which specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that the chief justice had liaisons with an escort, a young woman willing to appear on video and tell the world her salacious yet convincing tale. But the chief justice is not without formidable allies, and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.
Nick Heller is a private spy - a private intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. Known as both a maverick and a dedicated, high-powered investigator, he's called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.
Nick has just 48 hours to prove the story about the chief justice is baseless. But when the call girl is found murdered, the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn, and Nick resolves to find the true mastermind behind the Slander Sheet story before anyone else falls victim to the maelstrom of political scandal and ruined reputations predicated upon one carefully concealed secret.
©2016 Joseph Finder (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Plausibility is one thing, gratuitous fiction is a crime.
It is difficult to write a novel. Writing one of substance is quite another.
This thing is a waste of time, unless you think cartoons are literature.
Add the nasal, teenage quality of the narration, and you are up to your knees in the morass of a mistake.
Another fun page turner by Finder. This book is a typical thriller with shallow, unmemorable, and unbelievable characters. The action scenes are fun to read but suffer from unrealistic logistical problems (UPS trucks available from nowhere, magical escapes, cops that let you leave multiple violent scenes without asking obvious questions...why is there a dead woman in your tub? What was your role in her kidnapping? Why didn't you call the police? How'd you get the dynamite?, Why is your partner on the no fly list?, and on, and on, etc). I always read Joseph Finder books because they are a fun escape, but they are usually not memorable. I don't expect to learn anything new or experience any new angles of human experience
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Of course I guessed whodunnit before anything really got done. But this is an action/adventure movie script, right? Who cares when you're vacation-ship puts into port as long as the voyage was terrific? Okay, Finder gets breathlessly detailed during crisis moments, but again.... who cares? Slam your iPod into double speed and get a real jolt of action.
I liked the first adventure (warning, there are distinctly two linked together here) the best. Liked the internet play and REEEELY high political stakes. Still the second story worked up a good James Bondian villain with unabashed evil gushing all over my ears.I'll order the next Nick Heller adventure soon as it's mic'd onto digital strata. Also liked Holter Graham BTW - he squeezes all the juice out of the entire ensemble.
Definetely a page turner, but nothing very original. Great narration kept the story and characters interesting. The finale, though, was a major disappointment. It felt contrived and unrealistic. Oh, wait, this is a thriller.....how could i have expected a credible resolution ?!
I want to smile because of something unexpected or being surprised, and the book didn’t have that. It was more like a complicated many-layered mystery. We slowly learn things throughout the book. There is a happy ending for the good guys. There are a few beat-em-up scenes.
This is a private investigator Nick solving a mystery. It’s told in first person point of view. I prefer third person.
This is book 3 in the Nick Heller series. I preferred books 1 and 2 (Vanished and Buried Secrets).
Holter Graham narrated all three audiobooks. I had problems with some of his character voices in the first two books. But this was much better. He didn’t do those weird things. So my only remaining problem is that he sounds like a college kid, not a 30 or 40 year old former military tough guy. I don’t think he’s the best choice to narrate Nick Heller - especially since the story is told in Nick’s first person point of view.
Narrative mode: 1st person Nick.
Genre: PI mystery suspense.
like a lot of people, I thought the first half was 5 stars, but the second half was not!
He did many illegal things and always seem to get away, it got a little far-fetched.
the end was a big letdown, there did not seem to be much build up.
I liked it - but.....
Easy listen super developed characters not a super challenge to see where things are going but very enjoyable
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