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High Crimes

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Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: April 5, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Highly Recommended

  • May 12, 2009
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This is the third novel I have read by Joseph Finder. Like the other two, I was not disappointed.

High Crimes begins very innocently. Claire, a Harvard Law School professor and successful defense attorney, her husband Tom, an investment banker, and their daughter Annie, have dinner at a mall restaurant. Leaving the establishment, federal marshals appear to arrest her husband. Tom, showing much more athleticism and cunning than he appears to have, escapes.

From there, the story takes off in a couple of directions, but the suspense doesn't stop. Tom is eventually caught and the story continues in a military court, as Tom is being held for crimes committed while he was in the service (this comes as news to Claire, as Tom never told her he was in the military). Tom, or as the Army knows him, Ron Kubik, is wanted for the killing of 87 civilians in San Salvador 13 years earlier. Claire defends Tom/Ron, wondering who this person is that she married. There are a lot of people with a vested interest in the outcome of this case, and not all of them want to see Tom/Ron proclaimed innocent and set free.

Early on, I thought that this was a story of Claire just wanting to see her husband released from the brig. But then Finder adds some troubling undercurrents, bringing the rats out into the light. He does not disappoint. Like his other works that I have read, he adds some nice, plausible twists to the story, all the way up the to end (an excellent ending, I might add).

Another highly recommended novel from Joseph Finder.

BTW - I have not seen the movie based on this book.

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