The Resource The switch : a novel, Joseph Finder

The switch : a novel, Joseph Finder

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The switch : a novel
Title
The switch
Title remainder
a novel
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Joseph Finder
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions"--
  • Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. Home in Boston, he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. Abbott turns to a "fixer" to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed
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  • /* Starred Review */ Finder is a master at placing ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances that call upon them, first, to figure out what’s going on, and then to use all their mental and physical capacities to survive it. Michael Tanner is an ordinary man; he runs a gourmet-coffee business out of Boston. Returning from a business trip to L.A., Tanner picks up the wrong laptop from the gray security tray. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Susan Robbins returns to D.C. with Tanner’s laptop and the realization that her career and U.S security may both be in jeopardy if the highly sensitive contents of her machine ever leak out. She calls upon her chief of staff, Will Abbott, to retrieve it. The nexus of the escalating conflict between Tanner and Abbott is this: Tanner suspects that once he’s given back the computer, he himself may be killed as insurance against the secrets getting out. Finder shuttles between the points of view of Tanner and Abbott, both equally desperate; every move by one of the two creates more tension in the other, giving the ingenious plot sort of a Chinese-finger-puzzle feel. Great characterization, heart-stopping chase scenes, a plot that never flags—and even a few fascinating facts about coffee sourcing. Finder may well be the best contemporary thriller writer going. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p62)
  • A crowded airport security line has Michael Tanner, CEO of a gourmet coffee company, making a quick mistake. He accidentally picks up another laptop instead of his own, and when he gets home he realizes his error. The owner of the computer now in his possession is a U.S. senator, and what Michael sees on the device is not only top secret but also potentially illegal. The folks who work for the senator have figured out that Michael has their boss's laptop, and they will do anything to get it back. There are a couple of moments in which Michael seemingly has the opportunity to end the danger by giving back the laptop, but he elects to keep it. His reasoning is baffling at first, but it ends up making complete sense by the end. VERDICT Finder (Guilty Minds; The Fixer) has written another compelling thriller that demonstrates his strengths of mixing corporate themes with mayhem. This one is bound to be another best seller as the perfect summer read. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/17.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. --Jeff Ayers (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 10, p92)
  • Boston coffee executive Michael Tanner's life is in jeopardy after he takes home the wrong laptop from the airport—one belonging to an Illinois senator containing highly classified files.The illegally uploaded files contain information about a scary government surveillance program. Fearful that the documents will be made public, torpedoing her presidential hopes, Sen. Susan Robbins assigns her overeager chief of staff, Will Abbott, to retrieve the computer. When all else fails, he resorts to hiring private operatives. Tanner discovers how desperate his situation is when a newspaper writer to whom he has shown the secret files is killed, in what is staged as a suicide. On the run, running low on cash and places to hide, Tanner is targeted not only by Abbott's hires, but also by thugs working for the National Security Agency, which deactivates all his online accounts. "Privacy?" utters one character. "Get over it. No such thing anymore." Seemingly ripped from recent headlines, Finder's latest is one of his most fiendishly plotted and eerily relevant thrillers. It involves careless security breaches by government officials, Russian spies, Edward Snowden parallels, and even an exchange of secrets in a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility like the one recently utilized by Devin Nunes, Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Finder (Guilty Minds, 2016, etc.) isn't one to waste time considering the moral implications of such quickly forgotten acts as Tanner mowing down a pursuer with his car. And he fudges plot details: wouldn't the bad guys surveil Tanner's wife and let her lead them to him? But the book whizzes by so quickly and suspensefully, why dwell on such imperfections? A master of what might be called the "man in over his head" thriller, Finder delivers a tense, uncannily relevant tale about government secrets falling into the wrong hands.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2017)
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10565210
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Finder, Joseph
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3556.I458
LC item number
S95 2017
Literary form
novels
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  • Businessmen
  • MacBook (Computer)
  • Legislators
  • Security classification (Government documents)
  • Legislators
  • Businessmen
  • Legislators
  • MacBook (Computer)
  • Security classification (Government documents)
  • United States
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The switch : a novel, Joseph Finder
Link
http://www.josephfinder.com/
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn960494450
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781101985793
Lccn
2017006234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)960494450
Label
The switch : a novel, Joseph Finder
Link
http://www.josephfinder.com/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960494450
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781101985793
Lccn
2017006234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)960494450

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