House on Fire
In New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's electrifying new thriller, private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful wealthy family hiding something sinister.
Nick Heller is at the top of his game when he receives some devastating news: his old army buddy Sean has died of an overdose. Sean, who once saved Nick’s life, got addicted to opioids after returning home wounded from war.
Then at Sean’s funeral, a stranger approaches Nick with a job, and maybe also a way for Nick to hold someone accountable.
The woman is the daughter of a pharmaceutical kingpin worth billions. Now she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing her father and his company for burying evidence that its biggest money-maker was dangerously addictive. It was a lie that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including Sean.
All Nick has to do is find the document that proves the family knew the drug’s dangers. But Nick soon realizes that the sins of the patriarch are just the beginning.
Beneath the surface are barely concealed cabals and conspiracies: a twisting story of family intrigue and lethal corporate machinations. In a deadly game of chess that pits Nick against a family dynasty, against brothers and sisters with schemes of their own, Nick learns how far his enemy is willing to go to protect its name and its wealth.
Nick Heller takes on big pharma in Thriller Award winner Finder's excellent fourth novel featuring the Boston PI (after 2016's Guilty Minds). Sean Lenehan, who saved Heller's life when they were in Afghanistan as members of a Special Forces team, has died from an overdose of the painkiller Oxydone. At Lenehan's funeral, Heller is approached by Sukie Kimball, daughter of Conrad Kimball, the head of Kimball Pharma, which produces Oxydone. She explains that she attends the funerals of many of those who have died as a result of her family's product in order "to bear witness to the victims of the drug that made us all rich." Sukie hires Heller to find and steal the smoking gun that will bankrupt Kimball Pharma and send Conrad to prison a study that demonstrated Oxydone's addictive nature suppressed before the drug was put on the market. Heller agrees. The stakes rise when he goes undercover as Sukie's boyfriend at Conrad's Katonah, N.Y., home, where a copy of the study might be hidden, and ends up investigating a murder. Fans of timely, thoughtful page-turners will be richly rewarded. Five-city author tour.
Finder is a great find. Few years ago I stumbled upon one of his earlier work. By now I read all and always look for his new book. House on fire is among the best reads. Fast page turner, current and with moral lesson.
Good book, a little to deep into minutiae
Too much minutiae