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by Joseph Finder

High Crimes download ebook
ISBN:
0688149626
ISBN13:
978-0688149628
Author:
Joseph Finder
Publisher:
William Morrow; 1st edition (January 21, 1998)
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Pages:
384 pages
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1856 kb
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1155 kb
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Category:
Thrillers & Suspense
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Rating:
4.8

HIGH CRIMES by Joseph Finder is an above average legal thriller that's been compared favorably with the 1992 courtroom drama, A Few Good Men. In HIGH CRIMES, high-octane defense attorney and Harvard Law professor Claire Chapman finds herself defending Tom, her husband o. .

HIGH CRIMES by Joseph Finder is an above average legal thriller that's been compared favorably with the 1992 courtroom drama, A Few Good Men. In HIGH CRIMES, high-octane defense attorney and Harvard Law professor Claire Chapman finds herself defending Tom, her husband of four years, against a government charge of mass murder for allegedly slaughtering eighty-seven unarmed El Salvadorian villagers thirteen years earlier when Tom, then known as Sergeant Ron Kubik, was a member of a black-ops Army Special Forces unit on a mission.

Series: Standalone Novels. With each new Joseph Finder novel, a growing readership discovers a suspense writer Nelson DeMille has called a master storyteller, whose books People magazine has declared pure dynamite, and The New Yorker has hailed as thrillin. he plot and pacing of a cineplex blockbuster.

Martin’s Paperbacks Titles by Joseph Finder. Light glinted off Tom’s forehead, his deeply furrowed brow. She admired the planes of his face, his high cheekbones, his square chin. Praise for New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder and his novels. His blue-gray eyes, this evening tending toward blue, were translucent and innocent.

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I really like Joseph Finder's writing style, so I enjoyed this one as well

Star attorney Claire Heller Chapman has known only love and respect from her successful husband. I really like Joseph Finder's writing style, so I enjoyed this one as well. I liked the "fish out of water" aspect of the Harvard Law professor in military court. The daughter was totally. His first novel, The Moscow Club, was published in 1991.

Joseph Finder (born October 6, 1958) is an American thriller writer. His books include Paranoia, Company Man, The Fixer, Killer Instinct and Power Play

Joseph Finder (born October 6, 1958) is an American thriller writer. His books include Paranoia, Company Man, The Fixer, Killer Instinct and Power Play. His novel High Crimes was made into the film of the same name starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. His novel Paranoia was adapted into a 2013 film starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.

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High Crimes, by Finder, Joseph
Reviews:
  • anneli
This book starts and ends with a boffo turn of events that are riveting to say the least. This is, after all, a totally plot driven book, and what a plot it is! Harvard law professor and renowned criminal defense attorney, Claire Heller Chapman, is out at a mall with her daughter and her husband, Tom, when suddenly FBI agents suddenly appear, wanting to take custody of him and addressing him by another name. Suddenly, Tom takes off like a shot, using evasion and escape tactics that leaves Claire stunned. Who is this man?

Well, Claire soon finds out, and what she discovers will leave her stunned. After Tom's arrest, it also will result in her heading up his defense team in a militarily court. The courtroom drama is intriguing and serves to keep the reader engaged, as will the events that intervene in an attempt to derail the defense. The problem with the book is not with the plot, but rather the one dimensional characters and the fact that, Claire, the main protagonist, is simply not that likable.

Still, the book is a fast paced thriller that will keep the reader turning the pages. It's a perfect book for a long airplane ride or a cruise. It is pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less.
  • Goltikree
"You can't handle the truth!" - Colonel Jessup, in the film A FEW GOOD MEN

HIGH CRIMES by Joseph Finder is an above average legal thriller that's been compared favorably with the 1992 courtroom drama, A Few Good Men.

In HIGH CRIMES, high-octane defense attorney and Harvard Law professor Claire Chapman finds herself defending Tom, her husband of four years, against a government charge of mass murder for allegedly slaughtering eighty-seven unarmed El Salvadorian villagers thirteen years earlier when Tom, then known as Sergeant Ron Kubik, was a member of a black-ops Army Special Forces unit on a mission to eliminate the leftist guerrillas who'd recently killed seven Americans. Then Kubik deserted and disappeared from the Fed's radar. Until now.

Of course, Claire had no knowledge of her husband's previous life. And don't those super-secret guv'mint goon squads just leave behind the peskiest loose ends?

This novel, published in 1998 and one of the author's earliest, is, in retrospect, a courtroom potboiler that might otherwise get lost in the multitude of legal thrillers published before and since if it wasn't for a particularly unexpected ending that would seem to, and did, lend the story to a Big Screen adaptation (High Crimes). Nothing like a lucrative film deal, eh Joe?

My admiration for the book's concluding plot twist does not, however, negate the fact that it positively screamed reminder of the Music Box, an excellent and powerful 1989 film starring Jessica Lange as a Chicago lawyer compelled by familial love and devotion to defend her aging father from a government charge of war crimes committed during World War II when he was ostensibly commander of a Hungarian fascist death squad that murdered Jews and Gypsies. Indeed, HIGH CRIMES reminded me so much of MUSIC BOX in broad outline that I feel compelled to knock a star off the former by a niggling sense of a lack of originality. But, it's still a pretty good read.

Fifteen years after HIGH CRIMES first appeared, there's a certain technological quaintness about it that's endearing. Claire might have found Google to be enormously handy, if it had existed back then. And she has a cell phone with an extendable antenna. Cool! Where can I get one of those?
  • TheSuspect
This book starts with a couple out to dinner. All of a sudden, government agents pop out of everywhere and chase the husband (Tom) through a mall as he uses skills his family didn't know he possessed to escape. He is eventually captured.

Lucky for him, his wife, Claire, is a lawyer. It turns out Tom used to be in the military. Claire learns the rules of the military tribunal to try and save her husband.

Not only was Tom living a double life, things are not as they once seemed to be. Without adding spoilers, I'd like to say I found the ending to be very predictable...I was just waiting for it to happen. This was not one of Finder's better works. However, it also isn't a terrible read if you have time to kill on a bus, plane, train, or car ride.
  • Faugami
Most of the popular thrillers published in the U.S. tend to revolve around the CIA, the KGB, Nazis, or, these days, Al Qaeda. High Crimes is a notable exception, centering as it does on the neglected topic of U.S. military intervention in Central America under the Reagan Administration.

It's 1996. Tom Chapman is a loving, family man who runs his own investment firm in Boston and lives with his adoring wife, Claire, better known as Claire Heller, a Harvard Law School professor with a reputation for merciless performances in the courtroom. Then, all too soon, we discover that Tom Chapman doesn't appear to be the man he says he is. The U.S. Army claims his true name is Ronald Kubik, a former Master Sergeant in the Special Forces, and proceeds to put him on trial for the 1983 massacre of 87 innocent civilians in a village in El Salvador in reprisal for guerrillas' murder of four Americans in the capital. Claire (of course!) moves to defend him in his court-martial.

The suspense in this cleverly plotted and tautly written novel circles around whether Tom is really Ron and whether he really was responsible for the massacre. Finder skillfully keeps the reader guessing nearly until the end. Along the way he works in an unflattering picture of U.S. foreign and military policy in Vietnam as well as Central America and of the stifling bureaucracy in the Pentagon. His characters, every one believable, include former and current Army attorney from the JAG Corps, the Chief of Staff of the Army, a shadowy CIA agent, and a whiny six-year-old girl.

High Crimes was the fifth of the nine thrillers Joseph Finder has written since 1991. He was previously (1983) the author of a sensational expose of multimillionaire oilman Armand Hammer's longstanding ties to the KGB.

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