Now, the author of The Havana Room, Afterburn, and Manhattan Nocturne raises the stakes with an electrifying new thriller, The Finder. Harrison spins the story of a young, beautiful, and secretive Chinese woman, Jin-Li, who gets involved in a brilliant scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City.
When the plan is discovered by powerful New Yorkers who stand to lose enormous sums of money, Jin-Li goes on the run. Meanwhile, her former lover, Ray Grant, a man who has been out of the country for years but who has recently returned, is caught up in the search for her. Ray has not been forthcoming to Jin-Li about why he left New York, nor what he was doing overseas, but his training and strengths will be put to the ultimate test against those who are unmerciful in their desire to regain a fortune lost. Ray is going to have to find Jin-Li, and he is going to have to find her fast.
©2008 Colin Harrison; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
"But in Tom's case most of the conversation involved abstractions that were answered with abstractions. The people on the other end of the conversation were working within an algorithm, too. This meant that Tom had very few real conversations. He spoke to dozens of people a day but always within his corporate persona and within the appropriate algorithm He was trapped. The man he'd been once was either buried under all of this behavior or even, perhaps, gone. Irrecoverably. We change in only one direction. We don't ever change back. She still loved Tom, she supposed, at least out of a kind of habit; her mind was trapped within its own algorithms too, of course.
But in this overall perception about her husband, who was now brushing his teeth in their bathroom, came another one. Tom had made an error. A big human error. He had misjudged a human being. Maybe it was Martz, maybe it was someone else. The misjudgment was a serious one, full of huge personal and professional risk. This led to another thought.
Tom was stalling because he didn't have an algorithm.
He had never seen the problem before.
He didn't know what to do."
-- Colin Harrison, The Finder
My first Colin Harrison novel. My brother turned me onto him, years ago. I learned he edited David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, William H. Gass, etc., while working at Harpers Mag. I figured if this guy could use a red pen on DFW, Franzen and Gass, he must be above average. So, I collected his novel, but still never quite jumped in, until yesterday. Anyway, enough foreplay. I liked the novel. It was a well-formed urban crime novel that traveled from money and power to poverty and destitution. Well thought out, and of course, well written. Not quite a John le Carré, or Raymond Chandler, but God, who really is?
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