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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (770 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Therese Plummer, Thérèse Plummer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427211613
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Meet Claire Heller Chapman. A criminal defense attorney who's made a name for herself by taking on—and winning—the toughest cases, Claire still manages to have a relatively calm life as a Harvard Law School professor, devoted wife, and proud mother to six-year-old Annie. Until one night, when the family is out having dinner, a team of government agents bursts onto the scene…heading straight for Claire's husband.

Tom Chapman has been arrested for an atrocious crime he swears he did not commit. Claire is desperate to believe him—and prove his innocence—even when she learns that Tom once had a different name. And a different face. Now, in a top-secret court-martial conducted by the Pentagon, Claire will put everything on the line to defend the man she loves. But as the evidence keeps piling up, the less she knows who her husband really is…and the more he appears to be a cold-blooded murderer...in Joseph Finder's High Crimes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Heller is Finder's new series character and ...will very shortly be mentioned in the same breath as Reacher and Bosch...If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished. Crimespree magazine on Vanished
  • Moves at the pace of an injected neuro-toxin…You'll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours. Shots magazine on Vanished

  • “Fast and furious. The New York Times Book Review

  • Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hair-pin turns. The Washington Post
  • A powerhouse tale. Chicago Tribune
  • Provocative and chilling. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • Rattling good entertainment. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
  • Financial thriller whiz Joe Finder has fully and seamlessly entered the world of Lee Child and James Rollins. A rousing, lightning-paced thriller from the first page to the last. Providence Journal on Vanished
  • If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money's on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they'd go for a beer together and set the world to rights--because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn't miss. Lee Child on Vanished
  • A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes. Washington Post on Vanished
  • Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read. Library Journal (starred review) on Vanished
  • Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end. Publishers Weekly on Vanished
  • Breakneck pace and labyrinthine schemes . . . ingenious. Booklist on Vanished

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 2/7/2014

    " + movie -- I like the author's real time conversations and the unusaul topics. Movie was too slow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Umair Miraj | 2/6/2014

    " Amazing/Thrilling and quite an interesting book. Enjoyed the Court Room Drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Wright | 2/4/2014

    " I actually really enjoyed this story. I just did not like the end. I want a happy ending and this did not give that. Great writing and storyline, but with that ending I really struggle to give it the 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/27/2014

    " search for him in the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christel | 1/14/2014

    " Brilliant:) Now I have to watch the movie again to see how it compares to the book;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2014

    " I watched the movie, High Crimes years ago, before I became a Joseph Finder fan. The book, as with all of Joseph Finder's books, was interesting and suspenseful. Though dry in spots with some of the testimony, I still felt drawn to keep reading. I had forgotten the twist at the end and am looking forward to renting and re-watching the movie. Am having a hard time waiting for Buried Secrets, the second to Finder's amazing Vanished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Herrick | 12/22/2013

    " Excellent. One of Finder's best, second only to Paranoia. Thanks to unusual inclement weather Saturday last week, I zipped through about 2/3 of it in one day, riveted the whole time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/18/2013

    " Kept my interest through out the book and I did enjoy it. I like these type of books generally, good twist right at the end. I would recommend reading it for a light quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 12/16/2013

    " I listened to the Abridged version. I think it would have been better if I had the whole book. Good Story line though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 10/24/2013

    " this is a mystery and i enjoy this author!! it has lots of twists and turns with a suprise ending... i recomend this book the characters are good and it holds or should hod your interest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjay Gopal | 10/8/2013

    " First time reader of this author's books and it was a good one. Kept the suspense till the very end. Gives a little bit of insight into the world of military justice mixed with the murky world of politics in the US (although largely fiction, of course; or is it?). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/4/2013

    " Dreadful book, the characters were weak, the story was painful and unoriginal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 9/28/2013

    " A very entertaining book based upon both military hijinks and a trial. The plot keeps you guessing as to the guilt or innocence of the husband with a twist on the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ropajo | 9/26/2013

    " fast read. good story. twist at end; figured was coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/30/2013

    " A nice story with some good twists but it ended a bit flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les Edgerton | 6/14/2013

    " Haven't read a Finder novel yet that wasn't superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derk | 6/1/2013

    " A routine book with some good parts. My first book by this author. Maybe 3.5 stars for the good parts, which were mainly court room scenes. The plot was far fetched as many are, but it moved along at reasonable speed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Waters | 2/28/2013

    " OK, that was just stupid. Plot was inane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Phillips | 1/26/2013

    " If you like courtroom drama, you'll like this one. This book centers in a military courts-martial which perhaps enhances the story over a civilian case. Finder's stuff is good! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 3/31/2012

    " Didn't finish it .... I have NO interest in reading a book portraying soldiers as slaughterers of women, children, and elderly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imani | 3/28/2012

    " This book was an easy, quick read. It can easily be read in 1 day. I would recommend as a traveling book because it has short chapters,a easy plot, and just a few main characters and settings. The ending was a total disappointment, but once you read it; you'll see what I mean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane O'keeffe | 3/5/2012

    " Decent plot but quite predictable - particularly the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/6/2012

    " Second boook I have read by this author (Paranoia was the first). This one was a good fiction thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neisha | 11/1/2011

    " This book was ok. I enjoyed the fine lens Finder directs towards military law. However, I found some parts of this book to be tiresome, and frankly a little redundant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2011

    " Really interesting legal mystery - a civilian woman defense lawyer against an Army legal team. Learned lots about how Army rules are very different from "regular" people. Great surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/30/2011

    " this is a mystery and i enjoy this author!! it has lots of twists and turns with a suprise ending... i recomend this book the characters are good and it holds or should hod your interest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 4/29/2011

    " Haven't read a Finder novel yet that wasn't superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 4/28/2011

    " If you like courtroom drama, you'll like this one. This book centers in a military courts-martial which perhaps enhances the story over a civilian case. Finder's stuff is good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 4/16/2011

    " I enjoyed the actual procedurals of the trial, but the characters seemed shallow, the writing was simplistic, and the ending didn't earn its twist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/4/2011

    " Dreadful book, the characters were weak, the story was painful and unoriginal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 4/3/2011

    " Meh . . . Predictable crime drama. And not a particularly entertaining one at that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/26/2011

    " Excellent. One of Finder's best, second only to Paranoia. Thanks to unusual inclement weather Saturday last week, I zipped through about 2/3 of it in one day, riveted the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/12/2011

    " Second boook I have read by this author (Paranoia was the first). This one was a good fiction thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/27/2011

    " The ending seemed to happen too fast and didn't fit well with the rest of the book.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/23/2010

    " Good - didn't realize it was written in the late 90s. Didn't care for any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imani | 7/20/2010

    " This book was an easy, quick read. It can easily be read in 1 day. I would recommend as a traveling book because it has short chapters,a easy plot, and just a few main characters and settings. The ending was a total disappointment, but once you read it; you'll see what I mean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 5/7/2010

    " A high profile Boston attorney's husband is arrested and accused of
    a Mei Lai type massacre in El Salvador while he was int the army.
    Good story. I still don't particularly like Finder's writing style.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 3/2/2010

    " This was made into an excellent movie with Morgan Freeman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/10/2009

    " I knew what would happen at the end about halfway through the book -- and some of the legal talk was pretty boring. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including Paranoia, Power Play, and Vanished. His international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures. Born in Chicago, he studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

About the Narrators

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.