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The Insider

A book by Reece Hirsch

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"Anybody who plays the stock market not as an insider, is like a man buying cows ...by...moonlight."

  • Nov 19, 2010
4 1/2 stars

The subject matter of this novel is as timely as if it was taken from today's six o'clock news.

Will Connelly, a corporate attorney comes to work early to work on a project. While at his office library, he sees the body of senior associate, Ben Fisher, plummet past his window on the thirty-eighth floor.

Soon after this, while still in shock, Will is visited by one of the managing partners who sympathizes with him but states that work must go on and that Will has been made a managing partner and will be handling some of Ben Fisher's accounts.

On the way home, Will stops into a bar to celebrate. After a few drinks, he notices a woman and they begin talking about work. The woman is a Russian named Katya. She coaxes him into admitting that he's an attorney and working on a merger. After added persuasion, he tells her that the company is Jupiter Software, a world leader in encryption software.

After telling Katya this, Will realizes that he's just broken a number of securities laws, divulging a possible merger of a publicly traded company. If Katya bought stock in that company, Will would also be guilty of insider trading.

Katya and Will spend the night at her apartment. In the morning two men bang on the door. These men are also Russian and friends of Katya. They rough Will up and demand more information about what he's working on.

The story goes on and Will gets further into trouble. Implausibly, when Katya's friends allow him to leave her apartment, he doesn't go to the authorities.

At the firm, Claire Rowland, the person in charge of making sure that the proper laws are followed, is fired, against Will's urging. That night Claire calls him and thanks him for sticking up for her.She also tells him that something isn't right at work and the government is attempting to put a chip into the encryption technology so that they can get private information.

The story is a bit technical and somewhat unbelievable but Reece Hirsch is a strong writer and has put together an interesting and timely novel. The plot moves swiftly and the final confrontation adds an unexpected surprise.

I enjoyed the novel and feel that readers will find the novel exciting and want to know how Will and Claire can maneuver out of an impossible situation.

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November 19, 2010
Sounds interesting. Another novel based on the believable premise that men do much of their thinking (or not, as the case may be) below their waist. LOL.
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review by . August 01, 2010
Will Connelly, the main character, in The Insider is one of my new favorite characters. He is a lawyer who is about to have a very bad day - being caught between what he should do and what he should not be doing - if he wants to save himself and those around him.    While I hesitate to read any thriller featuring lawyers, as I feel the entire thing has been done and redone over and over again - I made an exception for this one and was happy that I did.    The …
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Regulatory attorney Hirsch's debut thriller has something for everyone. Will Connelly is on the verge of becoming a partner at Reynolds, Fincher and McComb when his colleague Ben Fisher, the lead attorney on the merger between Jupiter Software and computer giant Pearl Systems, falls 39 floors to his death. Suicide is unlikely, and why did Ben have Will's building access card? Will takes over the merger negotiations and celebrates his partnership by picking up a Russian woman at a club, only to find himself at the mercy of a ring of small-time Russian mobsters with designs on a top-secret NSA computer chip that Jupiter built. If the Russians don't get him, the SEC and Department of Justice will. Hirsch's fast-paced, film-ready plot and tough, ambitious characters will keep fans of legal thrillers on the edge of their seats.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0425234622
ISBN-13: 978-0425234624
Author: Reece Hirsch
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Berkley
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