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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Quirk Narrator: Jay Snyder Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world’s most powerful political arena

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington’s most powerful consulting firm. Now he’s staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world’s most dangerous men. To get out, he’ll have to do all the things he thought he’d never do again: lie, cheat, steal—and this time, maybe even kill.

Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father’s knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group’s rising star, he rubs shoulders with “The 500,” the elite men and women who really run Washington—and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.

Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, The 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder—and deadlier—the fall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Firm goes to Washington, only with a whole lot more action.”

    James Patterson

  • “What an absolutely phenomenal, kickass thriller. Not since The Firm has a novel left me this breathless. This one’s going to be huge.”

    Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

  • The 500 is a riveting page-turner…It’s smart, intriguing, packed with action and heart, and loaded with detail on the hidden workings of Washington. It’s going to be the big debut thriller of the year.”

    Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Quirk’s engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham’s The Firm to the world of political lobbyists…Quirk supplies just enough characterization and journalistic detail of Washington, DC, life to ground his story as he launches into a streamlined, gripping man-on-the-run thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thundering David-and-Goliath tale of corruption…This is a real page turner, with high stakes action that doesn’t stop. Expect this to be one of the season’s most talked-about debut thrillers. A sequel is in the offing and will be much anticipated.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Washington, DC, is the setting for this John Grisham–style thriller…Offers lots of action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 2/15/2014

    " Pretty decent thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jorge A. | 2/15/2014

    " If you are a fan of John Grisham, you will definitely enjoy this gripping novel by Matthew Quirk! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robert James | 2/12/2014

    " Comparisons to "The Firm" are fair. However, that book was a lot more entertaining than this one. The main character in this story should be some kind of superhero the way he takes a beating and keeps on going. A little too improbable for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pmcdnld2 | 2/8/2014

    " If you read Grisham's The Firm, this story will be familiar. A lawyer takes a job with a DC "consultant" firm. He is thrilled with the $$ and perks after a life of poverty with dad in prison. He himself was a bit of a criminal in his youth-before a judge told him the Navy or jail. he discovers the firm is involved in some shady stuff and must decide what to do. The problem I had with the story is how many narrow escapes he made-hard to believe some of it, but I did like this debut novel. "

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