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Just read BURIED SECRETS and am reading VANISHED. I like crime and mysteries - Connelly, Sandford etc, but you have really outdone them. Great writing, great storylines and really a pleasure to read. I love Nick Heller. Great new find and will read more and more.
Is there a chance that the director will let you walk through a scene like the late great Alfred Hitchcock always did? It will give us another opportunity to have another guess. When will you show up!!! The movie "High Crimes" caught me off guard and I am looking forward to being surprised again in "Paranoia"...
Nobody's offered yet, but I'm ready for my close-up if it happens! Thanks for the kind words, and for taking the time to write.
I am an avid reader and have read a slew of books by different authors over the past 3 years, writers such as Harlan Coben, David Balducci, Ken Follet, Linwood Barclay, James Patterson, Preston & Child et al. I have also read all your books and the only reason I am writing is that your book HIGH CRIMES is the BEST mystery/fiction book I have read in the last 3 years. The end of that book (which I read last year) left me is awe and I just wanted to thank you for writing such great books and also, to congratulate you as "Paranoia" is now in the process of becoming a film.
I just finished BURIED SECRETS; it is the first of your books I have read. I will now go back and read others. Loved the book and you made me curious with the first hint of "rose, violet and cedar" to wonder what perfume it could be. After finishing the book I did "google" it. Maybe someday a vial will come my way!
Thanks so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to write. Did you happen to find the video I made about Nombre Noir? http://youtu.be/NvEkwDm-zCY
Researching the perfume was a lot more fun than the research on being buried alive! Hope you'll enjoy the other books just as much. VANISHED is the first of Nick Heller's adventures.
Right up front: I am a book snob. I read mostly non-fiction ( true crime). The fiction I do read is dictated by my loyalty to the authors and there are only 5. I have a home library with over 250 titles. All of this is a way of introduction so that you might know I don't waste time: yours or mine. I found your book in a used book store and, what can I say, it had the "it" factor from reading the flap synopsis, so I bought it. I am only on page 54 but felt compelled to acknowledge you because this is coming as a huge surprise to me: I LOVE this book so far! It's high time I broaden my author-faves horizon!! I'll check back when I finish the book....
Delighted to hear I've made another convert! A good book is a good book, I always say. Thanks very much for taking the time to let me know, and I hope you enjoy KILLER INSTINCT to the last page.
You inspire me to write. I'm just a 16 year old kid from Israel, always loved reading. As a child I read a lot but for a long while I stopped, for some reason. Then I felt like wanting to read. Something was missing. So I went to my big brother who usually told me what to do, cause.. you know. kids are like that. And then he told me to read this new translated book from English called PARANOIA. At first I wanted to find myself what to read, but quickly gave up and took the book and started reading it. I finished it in 3 days and haven't stopped reading your books since. Just today I finished KILLER INSTINCT, and started BURIED SECRETS. Every time I read your books I feel the need to write, to express what I think, stories and such. I don't know really what I'm trying to say in this, weird and I hope amusing, e-mail but to sum it up: Thank you. I want to be a writer, I want to tell stories. All that I'm kinda good at... and I can't think of any other thing to do. So when I'm asked who I think is a good writer; I say Joseph Finder is amazing. I never knew I liked thriller books and this category of stories... But hey, good to know.
What a great letter. Thank you so much for writing. If I've inspired you I'm very glad, and I hope you'll keep writing. All writers start by finding things we like to read, then by trying to imitate those books, and finally by finding a voice of our own. You will too, if you keep going. I've posted some advice for writers on my website, here: http://www.josephfinder.com/writers/tips. You might find some of it helpful.
Wishing you every success,
I just finished COMPANY MAN. Terrific read. Start to finish I was hooked. I don't make a habit of writing to authors but this book was so damn good I just had to say, "Thanks!"
I just recently discovered your books and I am *floored*. I have literally never read anything so suspenseful. It actually is unpleasant sometimes; I have to put the book down to dissipate the tension a bit.
I'm reading VANISHED and I must tell you, you have me doing research. I taught English for more that 25 years, but I had never heard of Blondin before. I need to share his story with my daughter, who is Director of Christian Education at a local church. Thanks for keeping this old lady on her toes!
I always say my research is like an iceberg: only about 10% of it ever gets into the books. But I'm glad it got you interested enough to follow up! Thanks for the support, and for taking the time to write --
All the best,
I just finished BURIED SECRETS, and I can see why it received such high praise from Lee Child. It did keep me on the edge of my seat. Thanks for a great read!
Any chance you will do a follow-up to the riveting tale of Adam Cassidy? You left several dangling (and enticing) threads to make me think there might be a sequel. That corporate world, which I know very well, is more terrifying than any monster movie. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you can't leave that one alone. PARANOIA was fantastic!
Thanks for asking! It's a question I get a lot. For many years, my answer to this was, "No, I've put him through too much already." But as time goes on, I'm increasingly tempted to pick Adam up where he left off, and figure out what happened next. The question is whether he was too traumatized by the events of PARANOIA to deal with another crisis! But you know, he's a resourceful guy...
I read THE ZERO HOUR while at sea on my first submarine, sometime between June and November of 1996.
The basic plot of the story stuck with me for years, though I couldn't remember the name or the guy (you) who wrote it. I finally managed to tweak a google search based on what I remembered from the plot, and found it. Got a hardcover edition and am re-reading it again. Just wondering, are there plans to adapt this to the big screen?
Wow, what a great email! I'm incredibly flattered that THE ZERO HOUR stayed with you, and that you went to the trouble to hunt down a copy. Thanks very much for taking the time to write. The short answer to your question (which is a much longer story, as these always are) is that THE ZERO HOUR was purchased for the movies, but never produced. I agree that it would make a terrific film, and hope that it gets made someday. Hope the story's as good as you remember it. My publishers reissued it in paperback and electronic format earlier this year, so it's been great to see the book finding a new audience after all these years.
Best wishes for 2012,
I felt I had to write after reading THE ZERO HOUR. That book was released back in 1996 - when you were just a pup as a writer. Normally the quality of a writer's work develops over time, like the aging of a fine wine. In the case of THE ZERO HOUR you were firing on all cylinders at an early point in your career. It was a really pleasant read. The only problem is that I stay up til the wee hours of the morning reading your stuff. I'll have to have the bags under my eyes surgically removed one of these days.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to write. Delighted that you liked THE ZERO HOUR, and I'm especially pleased to hear that it holds up 15 years later. Sorry for the lost sleep, and I hope you get caught up soon!
I just discovered Joseph Finder when I ran out of Lee Child's Reacher books to read and I am hooked!
Finished BURIED SECRETS last night around midnight...Great read. MONGO BAD!
Yes I waited to finish the book before googling Nombre Noir. Had not known that any great perfume was 'invented' as late as 1981. I had also forgotten that the CEO of Home Depot was paid $210.million to walk away from that company. My favorite writers (including you) assume their readers are intelligent. Keep up the great work.
God Bless, P.L.
Thanks for writing! Yes, of course I assume you're intelligent, but I also hope you'll be interested enough to find out more about the things that have caught my attention (and Nick Heller's) along the way. I'm so pleased that you took the time to look up Nombre Noir. In case you missed it, I put a short YouTube video together about how I found it myself. I really appreciate the kind words; thanks again, and happy reading!
You are my favorite author, and I can’t wait for you to come out with your next book. When will this happen??? I like the Nick Heller series, but I absolutely loved Paranoia, High Crimes and Company Man. Nelson Demille is another favorite author of mine, but I think his books drag on a little too long. What other authors do you like?
Thanks very much for the kind words! No schedule for the new book yet, but with hard work and some luck, it should be out sometime next year.
I'm a big fan of Nelson DeMille, too. Other favorites are Lee Child, Harlan Coben, John le Carre, William Goldman — you might be interested in this list of "Thrillers to Learn From," from a writing newsletter I put out a couple of years ago. This year I've really enjoyed Charles Cumming's THE TRINITY SIX, among others.
I really appreciate your taking the time to write. Hope you like the next book as much as the earlier ones.
Just finished BURIED SECRETS. Feel unrequited love for Nick Heller! Isn't that a kick for a 90 year old? Keep it up!
I was in a Barnes & Noble and happened upon your book BURIED SECRETS. I read it and was instantly hooked! Never since DeMille have I been so impressed by the level of writing that you exhibit. Your extraordinary attention to detail right down to the "emo" nuance in the teenager, and your descriptive vocabulary are what what sophisticated readers need and crave. I have been searching and searching for your level of writing and I am thrilled to have found you! I can't wait to read your other books. Thank you for sharing your gift with those of us who can appreciate such talent and brilliance. I look forward to many years of reading enjoyment.
BURIED SECRETS is the page turner of all page turners!! WOW!!! What a read. I read the book in a day and a half which is a first for me. Like one of the reviewers in Amazon said...."The book had one flaw...is ended." That says it all for me as well. Kudos to you sir on a job well done!
I would just like to thank Joseph for writing BURIED SECRETS. I read the book and really enjoyed it. I often have trouble reading a whole book however this book I found it very easy to read and easy to stay focused on the story. I will have to check out some of his other books.
Great read! Just not long enough. I hope you keep Diane in the list of characters. Look forward to the next book.
Glad you liked BURIED SECRETS! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Finishing Nick Heller's next adventure right now...
All the best,
I have read all your books and I especially love the Nick Heller character. It is nice to revisit Gabe and Nick again. Please continue to write the Nick Heller series, and, could you write 'em faster?
I just finished BURIED SECRETS (2 days). Heck if it wasn't for work it would have been finished in a day. I have read all your books and enjoyed everyone of them. Now how long until your next one??
Thanks, Mr. Finder, for your latest offerings. I had to skim through some of the more descriptive passages of Alexa in the casket, but the rest of the book rocked!
Just started BURIED SECRETS this afternoon. U still got it! I'm afraid it's going to be a long nite...
I plan to wake up early and go buy the new book. I miss the nameplate that way, but at least I can read all day! You're my favorite author, and I am looking forward to digging in to the book!
Move over Lescroart and Grisham....YOU are my new favorite author! I found COMPANY MAN at a North Idaho yard sale and picked it up because the write-up sounded intriguing. I couldn't put it down and when I finished it, I wanted more, so I checked out PARANOIA at our county library. Needless to say, I have neglected our lawn mowing and the weed owing to you spining quite a story. I can hardly wait to start HIGH CRIMES right after I tend to the lawn and save my marriage! :) Thanks again for your creative plots and characters!
Joseph - I am an avid reader but did not discover you until a month or two ago - when I picked up a copy of POWER PLAY at a used book store in Houston. In the short time since - I have also enjoyed HIGH CRIMES (never saw the movie) and most recently PARANOIA - awesome book. All three of these make my Top 20 list and I look forward to reading the rest of your works. You are as fine a story teller as anyone in the business - and better than most. Thanks for sharing.
Just finished VANISHED. It was a fantastic page-turner. Thank you for keeping dialogue "clean." It is so refreshing! I can't wait for the next Nick Heller story! Best wishes for continued success.
Thanks so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to write. I appreciate your comments on the language, too; this is an issue I've wrestled with. While I'll defend to the death a writer's absolute right to use any language he needs to tell a story, I've found that I can tell my stories quite well in language I don't mind my teenaged daughter reading.
All the best,
Joseph, I want you to know how well written your COMPANY MAN and PARANOIA novels were. The details were just deep enough to make the stories credible. I got really swept up in the worlds you created... You've got a seriously impressive gift for making your characters three dimensional, sympathetic, eccentric, and entertaining. The genre of "corporate thriller" was something I'd never thought of before I picked up your novels. But I'd sure like to read more! I'm working with [my brother] Todd on the screenplay for his first novel and several other original screenplays. I hope our paths cross some day!
Dear S. J.,
Thanks so much for the kind words! Glad you like the books, and I hope you like BURIED SECRETS just as much.
Congratulations to your brother Todd, and best of luck with the screenplay. Thrillerfest in July is a great opportunity to meet other authors and learn about the industry, and Bouchercon is the crime fiction community's family reunion. Hope to see you there, one of these days!
All the best,
I found KILLER INSTINCT in a dirty unfinished basement, scattered among previously used construction leftovers and covered in cement dust. Tossed it in my workout bag hoping to use it later as a distraction on the bike. Turns out it's a @$#%! good book. You did a great job. I suspect you're rich, and my feeling is that you probably earned some of it.
All the best,
Your email made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the kind words, and I hope you'll find the other books in cleaner places!
All the best,
I'm sure you get a lot of this, (and if for some reason you don't; well, you should) you are a brilliant writer. I'm in the middle of KILLER INSTINCT right now and I am 'in love' with Jason. :) I've read PARANOIA in the past and will read the other books you've wrote as well.
You're a great 'find'. I also want to tell you that I think you are SO adorable in your pictures. It was a nice surprise to look at the back of the book to see what the man writing the story looked like. Now I picture Jason looking a little like you:)
Thanks for a great read and having a great mind. Now have a super, great day!
If only all Monday mornings started this well. You've made my week, and it's not even 10 a.m. Thanks so much for the kind words.
Hope you continue to enjoy PARANOIA, and that you like the other books just as much!
Just a thank you for the books that you write. I have read COMPANY MAN, PARANOIA and I am currently reading KILLER INSTINCT. I am enjoying your books tremendously and I look forward to reading more. They are not murder/love stories...a little different. Thanks!!
As a 70+ senior, I never learned to read well enough to enjoy a good mystery. After retirement I returned to my true love (senior softball) but my wife had also turned me on to audiobooks. I listen in the car every moment I'm in it. At a minimum that is one hour to ball field and one hour home, four or five days each week. Your books are outstanding, COMPANY MAN, PARANOIA, POWER PLAY held me spellbound throughout.
Hi Joe, I've been waiting for the new Nick Heller book, just watched the trailer - and I'm hooked. Thanks for sending the link. I have aspirations to write a novel on corporate espionage one day! Thanks again - can't wait to read it!
I was at the store Sunday and was excited to see that HIGH CRIMES had just come out...and just in time!!!! I leave early tomorrow from Portland, Oregon for Vienna, Austria. I can't think of a better way to help pass the time on the plane than diving into a Joseph Finder novel.
The next best thing to being able to go to Vienna myself! Have a good trip, and enjoy the book. Thanks for writing.
All the best,
Was the loom stolen from England in PARANOIA a true story?
- Twitter follower @Jenipherh asks, on behalf of her book club
Yep, it was - one of the earliest documented cases of industrial espionage. Francis Cabot Lowell memorized the design of industrial looms in England and Scotland, then brought the designs back to Waltham, MA after the War of 1812. The mill town of Lowell, MA was named after him, and was the center of American textile manufacturing for generations to follow. Read more about it here.
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