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"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

  • Jul 20, 2009
In my opinion, Joseph Finder is the preeminent writer of thrillers concerning corporate intrigue at work today. It is not easy to write a thriller, but to write one that involves corporations and business dealings, and make it interesting, requires a very special talent which Mr. Finder appears to have in abundance.

His earlier works were "stand alone" books, not dependant upon each other for story continuity. This newest book introduces us to Nick Heller, and he is to be the main protagonist of a series of books. That's fine with me, for I thoroughly enjoyed this work, and the actions and activities of Mr. Heller.

When Nick's brother goes missing, Nick's step-nephew enlists his help to locate his father, and Nick is quick to jump into the matter, even though he and his brother have not really gotten along since their father, "the fugitive financier", went to prison for serious monetary crimes. The plot races along like a steam roller that lost its braking system, and there were so many twists and turns that I was beginning to get dizzy. That didn't stop me from devouring page after page, eagerly awaiting the next situation in which Nick would find himself.

The characters are very finely drawn, and I was particularly interested in the description of Nick's prisoner father, who may or may not have given Nick accurate advice about his missing brother. Nick doesn't know which of the people he is in contact with are trustworthy, and that includes his frightened sister-in-law.

As usual, when reading a Finder novel I stay up much too late just to keep reading. Luckily I received the book on a Friday, so I could have the week-end to get it finished and be in reasonable shape to get to work on Monday morning. Can't wait for the next Nick Heller book!

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October 27, 2011
Well written review. You hit the nail on the head with your analysis of this book. It describes the brotherly feelings and the characterization. Mike
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review by . August 29, 2011
Someone attacks Lauren Heller when she and her husband are out to dinner in Georgetown. When she wakes up in the hospital she finds that Roger has vanished.    Robger's brother Nick is a former Special Forces member who is now an investigator for Stoddard Associates. He just prevented the theft of a cargo from a plane in a regional airport near L.A. The cargo was a large amount of money.    Roger is a chief financial officer at Gifford Industries. He carries …
review by . December 23, 2009
I know my heading is kind of weird. But then again Vanished is a bit odd. Too many oddities to the character development. Its a little odd that Roger and Nick Heller are estranged yet Nick on behalf of his sister in law and nephew decide to look into the case. Some compelling moments where Nick battles with some corproate thugs. However there are other moments of dead space between the pages. Still more moments of unnecessary complexities involving father Victor Heller.     The …
review by . July 25, 2009
I've *really* been looking forward to the latest by Joseph Finder... Vanished. I actually received an autographed copy from him (yeah, yeah, full disclosures and all that stuff), and it was immediately moved to the top of my "start reading" pile(s). A day later, it was done. REALLY good! Nick Heller, the main character in Vanished, is someone who can go in so many directions in future novels. I can see him becoming a franchise character for Finder much like Coben has Bolitar and Lee Child has Reacher. …
review by . July 03, 2009
The thriller genre is hip-deep in strong, resourceful men with murky pasts and hearts of gold. Some of these men are "keepers," breaking your heart from time to time but really always there for you. I won't infuriate anyone by naming a few and leaving out your favorites, but I think my first was John D. MacDonald's "beach bum" Travis McGee (if you don't count Frank and Joe Hardy, who technically didn't have the murky past).    Best-selling author Joseph Finder has until now populated …
review by . June 27, 2009
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT******    Nick Heller has had little use for his family. His father, convicted of federal crimes, will likely spend the remainder of his life behind bars. And he and his brother Roger have not had much to do with each other....and then he gets The Call.  The Call comes from Roger's stepson Gabe. Gabe's mother Lauren (Roger's wife) is lying in a DC hospital in a comatose state, after the couple are accosted in Georgetown; Roger, Nick's estranged …
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Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator--exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.

Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother, Lauren, lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace.

Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier," Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world--and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

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ISBN-10: 0312379080
ISBN-13: 978-0312379087
Author: Joseph Finder
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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