|Born||1958 (age 55–56)
|Genres||Suspense, psychological thriller, crime fiction|
Joseph Finder (born 1958) is an American thriller writer. His books include Paranoia, Company Man, 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.
Joseph Finder was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1958, and spent much of his early childhood in Afghanistan and the Philippines before his family returned to the United States and lived in Bellingham, Washington and outside Albany, New York. Finder majored in Russian studies at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received a master's degree from the Harvard Russian Research Center and later taught on the Harvard faculty.
Finder published Red Carpet: The Connection Between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen (1983), about Dr. Armand Hammer's ties to Soviet intelligence. Finder's first novel, The Moscow Club (1991), imagined a KGB coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. His second novel, Extraordinary Powers (1994) was about the discovery of a Soviet mole in the highest ranks of the CIA.
Paranoia (2004) was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, as was Company Man (2005). Killer Instinct, (St. Martin's Press), published in May 2006, won the International Thriller Writers Award for best novel in 2007. Power Play, published in 2007, was nominated for a Gumshoe Award. Vanished, the first novel to feature Finder's series character Nick Heller, was nominated for the 2010 International Thriller Writers Award for best novel. Buried Secrets, the second Nick Heller novel, received the 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel], tying with The Cut by George Pelecanos.
Finder is a founding member of the International Thriller Writers Association, and serves as Financial Advisor to International PEN-New England. He is also a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He writes on espionage and international affairs for publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Nick Heller novels
- Vanished, ISBN 0-312-37908-0, 2009, paperback 2010
- Buried Secrets, ISBN 978-0-312-37914-8, Summer 2011
- Red Carpet: The Connection Between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen, 1983 (out of print)
- The Moscow Club, ISBN 0-330-31350-9 paperback 1991 (out of print)
- Extraordinary Powers, ISBN 0-7528-2651-4 paperback 1994 (out of print)
- The Zero Hour, ISBN 0-7528-2650-6 paperback 1996 (out of print)
- High Crimes, ISBN 0-380-72880-X paperback 1998
- Paranoia, ISBN 0-312-94091-2 paperback 2004
- Company Man (retitled No Hiding Place in UK), ISBN 0-312-93942-6 paperback 2005
- Killer Instinct, ISBN 0-312-34747-2 (hardcover) 2006
- Power Play, ISBN 0-312-34748-0 (hardcover) 2007
- Suspicion, ISBN 0-525-95460-0 (hardcover) May 27, 2014
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