St. Martin's, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by David Pitt
inder, author of the excellent
, returns to the corporate world in this exciting new thriller. Jason Steadman is a sales exec who's stalled out at his company, risen about as high as he's ever going to. When Jason hooks up with Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer, he soon finds that the path to promotion is opening up with undue ease.
s usual, Finder keeps things moving at a brisk clip, and I have only one slight quibble with the book: although he's not expressly written as a dolt, Jason would have to be pretty dense not to see what's going on well before Finder allows him to. I mean, if you're going nowhere in your job, and you make friends with a guy who says he wants to help you, and then your rivals start getting fired, or injured, or whatnot, wouldn't you soon make the connection?
y the time Jason figures out what's up, we're thinking: what took you so long? But, because Finder tells such an interesting story, we don't mind that our hero seems a little ... slow. Heck, if he were quicker on the uptake, it might be an awfully short novel. And I have to confess that it was kind of fun, knowing what was going on while Jason was wandering around in a bit of a daze. Maybe that was Finder's plan. In which case my slight quibble becomes another of the book's many virtues.
ead the novel. Make up your own mind.
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