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Publisher's Summary

In New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder's electrifying new thriller, private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful wealthy family hiding something sinister.

Nick Heller is at the top of his game when he receives some devastating news: His old army buddy, Sean, has died of an overdose. Sean, who once saved Nick’s life, got addicted to opioids after returning home wounded from war.

Then, at Sean’s funeral, a stranger approaches Nick with a job, and maybe also a way for Nick to hold someone accountable.

The woman is the daughter of a pharmaceutical kingpin worth billions. Now, she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing her father and his company for burying evidence that its biggest money-maker was dangerously addictive. It was a lie that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including Sean.

All Nick has to do is find the document that proves the family knew the drug’s dangers. But Nick soon realizes that the sins of the patriarch are just the beginning.

Beneath the surface are barely concealed cabals and conspiracies: a twisting story of family intrigue and lethal corporate machinations. In a deadly game of chess that pits Nick against a family dynasty, against brothers and sisters with schemes of their own, Nick learns how far his enemy is willing to go to protect its name and its wealth.

©2020 Joseph Finder (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Joseph Finder is incapable of writing a bad thriller. I’d follow Nick Heller anywhere." (C. J. Box, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Long Range)

"A mixture of Jason Bourne and Sam Spade, Nick Heller is the man you want in your corner. House on Fire is classic whodunit wrapped in a modern world of technology and current events, with enough twists to keep you reading long into the night." (Brad Taylor, New York Times best-selling author of Daughter of War)

"Finder is a master of the narrow escape...Finder’s characterization of Heller gets more layered with every installment. The way Heller moves through the mystery, using social skills, street smarts, and technology to get in and out of trouble, is breathtaking. Excruciating suspense." (Booklist)

"Fans of timely, thoughtful page-turners will be richly rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)

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Boring!!!

Can't decide if the story is boring or the narrator is boring... Either way, I'm over halfway through but ready to give up on it.

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more profanity than previous stories

This latest Heller outing had more profanity than previous stories, which is a disappointment to me.

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Painful to read

Too much research and not enough story. I was not able to get all the way through the book and I am a huge Finder fan

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another great book in the Heller series

Joseph Finder does it again. Great research and character build up. I was googling bashbunny and boscloner security devices to learn more information about them

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The story was good but it seem choppy. Many of these could have been condensed into fewer chapter. This would have made read more smoothly.

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Not up to Finder's Best

I thought that Finder's early intrigues were top notch …. Company Man and Power Play. The Nick Heller series does not meet that standard. I bought this anyway and enjoyed it well enough, but it's nothing special

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The beginning and middle were good; however, the ending seemed rushed and utterly unbelievable. Still worth the credit, though.

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Exciting and impossible to stop listening.

Already a huge fan, this book was a real treat. Can't wait for the next one.

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This novel is a long drawn out slow moving detective novel involving characters I found hard to like or care about. Narration was weak. Many different voices sounded the same.

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Great listening!

This was a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. I didn't want to stop listening to it. Great book! I didn't guess who was the killer.