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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781593979089
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Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason, and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success. Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient”, and ruthless, means available. After all, as Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance. A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thrills and chills…Finder is a first-rate story weaver.”

    Booklist

  • “This is fun stuff, with lots of plot twists. Finder once again proves adept at genre conventions and inventive in applying an action-movie sensibility.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Truly frightening.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Clear your schedule before you start reading this one. It’s one of those books that once you start reading, you won’t be able to put down.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Master of a complex suspense formula…flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.”

    New York times Book Review

  • “Readers who enjoy movies where you have to fight the urge to shout, ‘Stop! Don’t open that door!’ will love this one.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2007 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel
  • A 2007 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 2/13/2014

    " One of the better industrial espionage books yet; interesting setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 2/11/2014

    " This was a great read. I got really intense near the end. I'm from NH and this story took place in the Boston area. I enjoyed the fact that I recognized all the places talked about in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius van Blerck | 2/2/2014

    " A readable corporate thriller about a sales exec who makes a new friend in Kurt (ex Special Forces), who turns out to have rather interesting and problematic ideas about friendship. Mixed in with this is the highly-charged corporate sales environment (complete with ludicrous self-help programs), scheming rivals, an ambituous wife and machinations from the corporate suite. Shades of Macbeth. The audiobook was very well read by the excellent Scott Brick, to whom I would listen even if he was reciting a catalog of lawnmower parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Black | 1/30/2014

    " Great book, fantastic characters, good plot! This was the first book of his I've read and I will definitely be reading more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Manning | 1/29/2014

    " Pretty decent and entertaining. I felt like I could predict most of the book which is why I give it a three. I did like the plot though... and though it sounds a little twisted I enjoyed the revenge on Jason's rivals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed, and the plot had plenty of twists that keep it interesting until the very end. Finder did a great job with this book, and I look forward to reading another. "

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

    " This is one of the best book I've read written by Joseph Finder. Its fast pace, the characters are three-dimensional, the plot is suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 1/24/2014

    " Not quite as memorable as Paranoia. At least it has a better ending where the hero takes matters into his own hands to stop the bad situation. But not quite as intense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/15/2014

    " Very fast read..predictable but interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Radley | 12/23/2013

    " This book was a slow starter, but then got me going. I thought it interesting how easily people can be manipulated and not know it. Of course the good guy figures it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/13/2013

    " Just okay for me. Didn't feel the "hero" character really earned it. But it was a decent thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 12/7/2013

    " Not as good as Paranoia, which was also by Joseph Finder. Read that instead if you want a quick corporate thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/25/2013

    " New author for me...good book. I was annoyed at first because the jacket review told the plot too many important details, and the prologue seemed to give away the ending. But the author has a good writing style, so I pursued it, and was not disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 11/15/2013

    " This was much better than I thought it would be. A great corporate thriller. Almost reminded me of Grisham's "The Firm." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Havlovic | 11/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/4/2013

    " Loved it. Suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Katz | 1/24/2013

    " Finder gives you the ending at the very beginning and even with that information I found it nearly impossible to get from point A (the beginning) to point B (the end). I really enjoyed this read and have thus moved on to the next Finder book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Linton | 11/30/2012

    " Lover the bonus interview snippet with Malcolm Gladwell at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/12/2012

    " Slow start, worth the wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexsis | 11/1/2012

    " Was a little slow going to start, and abrupt with the end, but it was masterfully written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 5/15/2012

    " good, good, good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzie | 5/3/2012

    " The character development was so enimic. I hated the wife, did not care for Jason either. The plot just seemed so unrealistic. In my opinion it is fine to have one or two outlandish characters, but this was beyond the pale. I put it down early. Bleh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 12/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book although there were moments I wanted to slap a character or two but so goes life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 7/14/2011

    " Michael Connelly, you finally have some competition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 5/27/2011

    " An absorbing and compelling tale of corporate corruption at the higest level. It builds slowly and relentlessly, developing character and plot...but at times too much detail. Good weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/17/2011

    " Good suspense novel. Read it over the weekend as snow flakes continued to fall! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 4/27/2011

    " I don't ever want to work for that company!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 4/3/2011

    " I enjoyed this book although there were moments I wanted to slap a character or two but so goes life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Not quite as memorable as Paranoia. At least it has a better ending where the hero takes matters into his own hands to stop the bad situation. But not quite as intense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/6/2011

    " Good suspense novel. Read it over the weekend as snow flakes continued to fall! "

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

    " I agree with Fortune:"At long last someone has done for executives what John Grisham did for lawyers."
    I really like John Grisham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 12/6/2010

    " Great story; lots of action "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/20/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed, and the plot had plenty of twists that keep it interesting until the very end. Finder did a great job with this book, and I look forward to reading another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ddindfw | 8/20/2010

    " I think this dragged on a little in the middle, but the twist at the end caught me entirely by surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 8/1/2010

    " One of the better industrial espionage books yet; interesting setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asad | 7/29/2010

    " very nice one. i am surprised by how much Finder knows about corporate world and sales process.
    I like to read more by now. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.