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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct

A Novel

Joseph Finder

St. Martin's Press

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Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason—and bad things start to happen to Jason's rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He's an overnight success. Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most "efficient"—and ruthless— means available. After all, as Kurt says, "Business is war, right?"

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it's far more than just his career that lies in the balance. A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

*San Francisco Chronicle
** Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Praise for Killer Instinct

“Heart-pounding suspense.” —The Boston Globe

“Unstoppable.” —USA Today

“Masterful.” —Houston Chronicle

“Explosive...Wickedly fun.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Master of a complex suspense formula. ...flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A first-rate thrill ride.” —The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A rollercoaster of a read.” —Cosmopolitan

“Clear your schedule before you start reading this one. It's one of those books that once you start reading, you won't be able to put down.” —The Boston Globe

“The best book of its kind since Michael Crichton's Disclosure.” —The Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Truly frightening.” —Chicago Tribune

“A crowd pleaser.” —Fortune magazine

“This is fun stuff, with lots of plot twists. Finder once again proves adept at genre conventions and inventive in applying an action-movie sensibility.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Rich territory...an entertaining read.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Readers who enjoy movies where you have to fight the urge to shout, 'Stop! Don't open that door!' will love this one.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Page-turning thrills.” —The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Killer Instinct moves at such a brisk pace that the more than 400 pages zoom by. But Finder doesn't neglect character development for a quick-moving plot. With an economy of scenes and realistic dialogue, Finder sculpts believable characters and avoids stereotypes.” —Sun-Sentinel (Orlando)

“It starts off with a bang and doesn't slow down until the last page.” —Ottawa Sun

“Thrills and chills...Finder is a first-rate story weaver.” —Booklist

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About the author

Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is the author of several New York Times bestselling thrillers, including Buried Secrets, High Crimes, Paranoia and the first Nick Heller novel, Vanished. Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and Company Man won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. High Crimes was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and Paranoia was the basis for 2013 film with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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