Joseph Finder

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Joseph Finder
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Born (1958-10-06) October 6, 1958 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, US
GenreSuspense, psychological thriller, crime fiction
Notable worksHigh Crimes, Paranoia, Killer Instinct,Buried Secrets,House on Fire
Notable awardsInternational Thriller Writers Awards Best Novel (Killer Instinct), Strand Magazine Critics Award Best Novel (Guilty Secrets)
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Joseph Finder (born October 6, 1958) is an American thriller writer. His books include Paranoia, Company Man, The Fixer, Killer Instinct, Power Play, and the Nick Heller series of thrillers. 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.

Early life[edit]

Joseph Finder was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1958[1] 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.[2] Finder majored in Russian studies at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.[2] He was also a bass singer in the Yale Whiffenpoofs (1980).[3] He received a master's degree from the Harvard Russian Research Center and later taught on the Harvard faculty.[4] He states that "He was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency but eventually decided he preferred writing fiction."[5]


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,[6] as was Company Man (2005).[7] Finder won the 2007 International Thriller Writers Award for best novel for Killer Instinct, (St. Martin's Press), published in May 2006.[8] Power Play, published in 2007, was nominated for a Gumshoe Award.[9] 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, won the 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel, sharing the award with The Cut by George Pelecanos.[10] Suspicion (2014) was the first book to be published under Finder's new contract with Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House;[11] The Fixer, another standalone, followed in 2015.[12] Guilty Minds, the third novel to feature Finder's series character, Nick Heller, was published in summer 2016.[13] Another standalone novel, Judgment, was published in 2019.[14] Dutton published the fourth Nick Heller novel, House on Fire, in 2020.[15]

Finder is a founding member of the International Thriller Writers Association[16] and served as Financial Advisor to International PEN-New England.[11] 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.[2]


Nick Heller series[edit]

  1. Vanished, ISBN 0-312-37908-0, 2009, paperback 2010
  2. Buried Secrets, ISBN 978-0-312-37914-8, Summer 2011
  3. "Plan B", 2011
  4. "Good and Valuable Consideration", in Faceoff ISBN 978-1-476-76207-4, (with Jack Reacher) September 2014 (co-written with Lee Child)
  5. Guilty Minds, ISBN 978-0-525-95462-0, July 2016[citation needed]
  6. House on Fire, ISBN 978-1101985847, January 2020

Other novels[edit]


  • Red Carpet: The Connection Between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1983).


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ a b c "Bio". Joseph Finder (official site). Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Whiffenpoof". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. ^ Nash, Nicole. "Why Novelist Joseph Finder Spent Time in a Coffin". Tech Reporter. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "About Joseph Finder" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  6. ^ "New York Times Best Sellers, February 8, 2004". New York Times. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. ^ "New York Times Best Sellers, May 8, 2005". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  8. ^ "International Thriller Writers Thriller Award Winners". International Thriller Writers. International Thriller Writers. Archived from the original on 3 September 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  9. ^ Wright, Lance. "The Gumshoe Awards". Crime Fiction Awards. Omnimystery. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  10. ^ "What's New". Strand Magazine. 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  11. ^ a b Kahn, Joseph (May 28, 2014). "Thriller Writer Joseph Finder's Publishing Plot Twist". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  12. ^ "THE FIXER by Joseph Finder". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  13. ^ "GUILTY MINDS by Joseph Finder - Kirkus Reviews" – via
  14. ^ "JUDGMENT by Joseph Finder - Publishers Weekly" – via
  15. ^ "HOUSE ON FIRE by Joseph Finder - Publishers Weekly" – via
  16. ^ "ITW's History". International Thriller Writers. International Thriller Writers. Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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