One of the Guardian's Best Crime Books and Thrillers of 2017.
Michael Tanner is heading home from a business trip when he picks up the wrong laptop at airport security. The computer he takes home belongs to US senator Susan Robbins, and it contains top secret files that should never have been on there in the first place. With her career in politics on the line, Senator Robbins is determined to get her laptop back, whatever the cost...
Tanner is now a hunted man. But with the government against him, who can he trust to help him?
Recent reviews for Joseph Finder:
'Stunning ... I can't remember when I last read a book so gripping and so satisfying' PETER JAMES.
'Smart, swift and well-informed' SCOTT TUROW.
'Terrific' IAN RANKIN.
'A writer at the top of his game' MARK BILLINGHAM.
'Fantastic ... Kept me absolutely on the edge of my seat' MARTINA COLE.
'Timely, twisty and impossible to put down' KARIN SLAUGHTER.
'A masterclass in ratcheting up the tension ... A classy, sophisticated thriller' J.P. DELANEY.
At the start of Thriller Award winner Finder's enjoyable standalone, Michael Tanner, the owner of Tanner Roast, a specialty coffee company in Boston, mistakenly picks up the laptop belonging to U.S. Senator Susan Robbins of Illinois after going through security at Los Angeles International airport. Predictably, the laptop contains highly classified files about a secret surveillance plan being considered by the NSA. A friend who's an investigative reporter, Lanny Roth, persuades Tanner to reveal what's on the laptop and to hang on to it until he, Lanny, can work out a deal with the NSA. Meanwhile, it falls to Will Abbott, Robbins's chief of staff, to recover the computer before it becomes public knowledge that a U.S. senator not only had classified material on her laptop but that she was careless enough to lose it. Though readers hung up on realism will just have to accept some unlikely elements (such as a coffee roaster as NSA adversary), Finder (The Fixer) once again shows his knack for crafting an engaging thriller.