Book: Paranoia

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Paranoia: A Novel

Author: Joseph Finder
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison—or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

They train him. They feed him inside information. Now, at Trion, he’s a star, skyrocketing to the top. He finds he has talents he never knew he possessed. He’s rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and works directly for the CEO. He’s dating the girl of his dreams.

His life is perfect. And all he has to do to keep it that way is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in.

But when he tries to break off from his controllers, he finds he’s in way over his head, trapped in a world in which nothing is as it seems and no one can really be trusted.

And then the real nightmare begins…

From the writer whose novels have been called “thrilling” (New York Times) and “dazzling” (USA Today) comes an electrifying new novel, a roller-coaster ride of suspense that will hold the reader hostage until the final, astonishing twist.

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A fast-paced ride through the inner workings of corporate espionage, Joseph Finder’s finely plotted novel of secret agendas and corruption unfolds in an expert fashion.

When low-level Wyatt Telecom employee Adam Cassidy is caught red-handed transfering funds to cover expenses for a friend’s extravagant retirement party, the company gives him a choice: Face serious embezzlement charges or become a spy at Trion Systems, Wyatt’s main competitor. Reluctantly, Adam gets himself hired on at Trion, where he soon finds himself on the fast track to everything he’s ever wanted: wealth, respect, and the girl of his dreams. But, as he faces the prospect of double-crossing everyone he cares about, it becomes clear that Adam has been duped and treachery lurks around every corner.

Finder (High Crimes, The Zero Hour) knits clandestine situations and corrupt politics into a gripping story with plenty of twists. Scenes play out with a hip, rollicking energy that propels the plot along with breakneck speed. Though deceptively simple, this suspense tale works on several levels, with the crime element often taking a backseat to more personal matters. Moral dilemmas and questions of professional ethics are subjects not often explored in run-of-the-mill thrillers, but Finder’s shrewd understanding of conflicted human nature helps elevate Paranoia above most books in the genre. Tom Piccirilli

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