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Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder
Born 1958 (age 55–56)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1990-present
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.


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 Albany, New York.[2] Finder majored in Russian studies at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.[2] He received a master's degree from the Harvard Russian Research Center and later taught on the Harvard faculty.[2]

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.[3]

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.[2] He writes on espionage and international affairs for publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.[2] As of at least 2013, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Michelle and their daughter Emma.[2]


Nick Heller novels

  1. Vanished, ISBN 0-312-37908-0, 2009, paperback 2010
  2. Buried Secrets, ISBN 978-0-312-37914-8, Summer 2011

Other novels


External links

  • Official website

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