The Ultimate Rush

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The Ultimate Rush
First edition hardcover
First edition cover
Author Joe Quirk
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publisher William Morrow and Company
Publication date
March 18, 1998
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 320pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-688-15270-8
OCLC 678644300
LC Class PS3567.U373 U5

The Ultimate Rush is a 1998 novel by author Joe Quirk about a roller-blading messenger in San Francisco named Chet Griffin who spends his nights hacking for fun. One of his messenger deliveries gets him mixed up in an illegal investment scheme. He discovers the illegal activities and is framed for murder by a corrupt police officer. He is chased through the streets by the police, the Italian and Chinese mafias, and the Federal Computer Investigations Committee. He uses his skills as a hacker to expose the corruption and save his girlfriend.[1][2]

Legal issues[edit]

In 2011, a lawsuit was filed against Sony Pictures by author Joe Quirk claiming copyright infringement, asserting that the 2012 feature film Premium Rush was in fact based on Quirk's screenplay from his 1998 novel The Ultimate Rush. The suit laid out many plot, character name, and scene similarities to Quirk's original screenplay.[3] On April 2, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed this case, finding that the two works were not substantially similar.[4]


  1. ^ Maddox, Bruno (March 22, 1998). "Blade Runner". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fiction review: The Ultimate Rush". Publishers Weekly. March 30, 1998. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Elizabeth Lesly (August 21, 2011). "A Big Hollywood Movie Is Coming, and a Novelist Cries Foul". The New York Times. p. A21A. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Eriq, "Sony Pictures Wins 'Premium Rush' Theft Lawsuit", The Hollywood Reporter, April 3, 2013

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