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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Harrison Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781427203045
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There's no doubt about it: Colin Harrison is a master storyteller. Critics and readers love his gripping, dark books. It's hard not to get sucked into his world. Entertainment Weekly calls him the "class act of the urban thriller," Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times lauds him as "a master of mood and atmosphere," and Publishers Weekly crows that Harrison "writes like an angel."

Now, the author of The Havana Room, Afterburn, and Manhattan Nocturne raises the stakes with an electrifying new thriller, The Finder. Harrison spins the story of a young, beautiful, secretive Chinese woman, Jin-Li, who gets involved in a brilliant scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City. When the plan is discovered by powerful New Yorkers who stand to lose enormous sums of money, Jin-Li goes on the run. Meanwhile, her former lover, Ray Grant, a man who was out of the country for years but who has recently returned, is caught up in the search for her. Ray has not been forthcoming to Jin-Li about why he left New York or what he was doing overseas, but his training and strengths will be put to the ultimate test against those who are unmerciful in their desire to regain a fortune lost. Ray is going to have to find Jin-Li, and he is going to have to find her fast.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jake is our hero - funny, courageous, and wickedly clever - and Boutsikaris reads his character with just the right touch. He does a great job portraying the many other players and reads at a good brisk pace that reflects the building tension and action. Library Journal

  • Jason Culp's narration adds edge to this tightly plotted corporate thriller…The gripping story and the deft reading make for a solid listening experience. Publishers Weekly
  • You don't read Colin Harrison, you devour him. The Philadelphia Enquirer
  • His [Narrator Jason Culp] timing...is quite good, and he changes his tone and pitch for different characters, so we never get bored by his delivery. The Sunday Journal Sentinel
  • A gripping thriller by a master storyteller, tautly written, and ingeniously plotted. The Havana Room has the raw, scathing commentary of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the pacing of The Firm all rolled into one terrific read. This is Colin Harrison's best book yet. Vince Flynn, author of Executive Power on The Havana Room

  • “Brilliant…Recalls Tom Wolfe’s bestselling The Bonfire of the Vanities, but this is a far darker story and a far more interesting one. Harrison’s Big Apple is rotten to the core.”

    Washington Post

  • “Colin Harrison’s New York is an eye-for-an-eye, dog-eat-dog Darwinian world with similar map coordinates to Tom Wolfe’s Manhattan and the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy…A chilling, high-speed rollercoaster of a ride that doubles as a sardonic sightseeing tour of the seamier side of New York City.”

    New York Times

  • “Brutally effective…Harrison spins a fast-paced NYC crime novel…Start reading this book and prepare to cancel all other plans for the next seven hours or so.”

    Entertainment Weekly (A)

  • “Colin Harrison writes shrewd thrillers that probe the far reaches of New York society…An uncommonly astute writer.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A satisfying thriller canvassing and connecting New York’s hedge-fund billionaires with illegal immigrants scraping by on menial labor.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Harrison writes like Rambo on meth and throws in enough black humor to prove he's more brains than brawn…The Finder’s a keeper.”

    USA Today

  • “Some of the best writing being done today…Harrison displays a depth of reportorial knowledge to awe Tom Wolfe…Perhaps the equal of Richard Price.”

    Sun-Sentinel

  • “This edgy thriller from Harrison showcases his extraordinary storytelling ability…The action builds to a deeply satisfying conclusion involving a sadistic kidnapper and a stock market power play across two continents.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[An] engaging, well-paced saga of money and murder.”

    Booklist

  • “Add [it] to the growing list of Harrison thrillers that cannot be put down.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A cerebral, satisfying, and thoroughly energetic thriller. As one would hope, The Finder never loses momentum, and it offers plenty in the way of fresh disillusionment, newfangled greed, and general cynicism for the reader to absorb. With real glee, Harrison lifts the lid of our shared global economy and plunges us into the dark plumbing underneath.”

    Bookforum

  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction, 2008
  • A 2008 Hammett Prize Finalist
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for NYT Outstanding Books of the Year, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Reaves | 2/20/2014

    " From one of my new favorite writers. Nobody's writing better literary thrillers than Colin Harrison, and there aren't too many people writing better anything. This one takes a look at information, the kind of valuable information that companies are careful to conceal-- except when they're careless with their paper waste. What if a smart criminal entrepreneur founded an office cleaning company just to get access to the things companies want shredded? Harrison's books always show you something unsuspected about contemporary New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/16/2014

    " Page turner with unexpected events which is why it is so interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book partially based on the review in the Post that said it was a sort-of updated Bonfire of the Vanities. It's suspenseful and pretty gritty. Grittier than I would usually read. I liked the depth of description of each and every character - which is unusual because I am usually annoyed by too much detail for minor characters. It's a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/14/2014

    " This is probably about as gory as I would go in a book. My capacity for violence in written material is much higher than in film--I could never watch this story as a movie. That said, I found the storyline of Manhattan corporate intrigue mixed up with Sopranos-esque characters on Long Island and a few cutthroat Chinese businesspeople thrown in captivating, and read the book over the course of about 48 hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bess | 2/4/2014

    " This author may have mastered the rare balance between quality and readability. If more mystery-suspense-thrillers were this well-written, the world would be a better place. "

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

    " kept my interest, and well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/21/2014

    " I wass hooked with the opening scene. It was not a favorite but it was a good read. A typical mystery thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Niland | 1/15/2014

    " An edgy mix of corporate intrigue and urban gangster thriller is the crux of this novel. A Chinese immigrant running an illegal financial information business for shadowy figures in Shanghai has to go on the lam and her boyfriend, a ex New York City fireman must save her. Harrison occasionally mis-steps by laying on melodrama, with the main characters all dealing with personal issues, but his intricate descriptions of financial fraud schemes, and moments of action in the various boroughs of New York keep this story above water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corny | 1/13/2014

    " This thriller is worth reading for the interesting characters that pop up along the way like Ears Moleson, a minor player whose name and eventual demise is just one of the fun surprises in the book. The description of the sewage business is another odd but interesting sidelight. The last third of the book is somewhat absurd as thrillers tend to get but the action is fast and furious and holds the reader's interest. The overly detailed but not very understandable description of the financial maneuverings tends to evoke a yawn but all in all, it was the characterizations that made the novel most readable. DO NOT pick up this book if blood and gore repel you. It does indeed go down to the "last gory detail." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/13/2014

    " A little too straight-forward to be a true thriller, still an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/8/2014

    " Read by Jason Culp. This is only the 2nd Colin Harrison book I've read. He seems to specialize in graphic violence. THis book didn't bother me as much as Afterburn did. In fact, I rather liked it. Maybe because there were characters I liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuckell | 12/24/2013

    " A thriller that is seriously thrilling! What a treat! A grubby, gritty, scary treat, but what more do you want? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/18/2013

    " Really interesting variety of characters doing believable, if awful, things. The story bogged down a few times in too much detail/backstory, but overall a really enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 12/18/2013

    " This book was a struggle to get through, sadly. Exposition and character histories got in the way of the main story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/10/2013

    " Set in NYC, this is an international corporate spy intregue. The main character is strong, likable and approachable. He is admirable and the "bad guys" are reallllllly bad. Short on the close, but a tight plot with interesting chapter layout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/9/2013

    " A quick, compelling read- the best character in the book is New York City and the author explores all the different neighborhoods and characters that co-exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 7/2/2013

    " just okay. both Ray Grants have the potential to feel compelling as characters but each is not quite developed enough. A decent airplane book, but I'd hoped for more than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delight | 6/30/2013

    " This was a fast paced, well-written thriller involving numerous plots and characters that I found hard to put down. The ending was a bit of a let down--predictable and all of the stories were neatly tied up in the last 40 pages. A good vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimr | 5/26/2013

    " A NY-based, fast-paced thrilled. I'd recommend this and other Harrison novels if you're looking for a good page-turner. A bit violent, so if you are squeamish it may not be for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 deep | 2/2/2013

    " Some unidimensional characters and commentary but Harrison does a good job spinning together plotlines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/12/2013

    " I loved this book! New York (the City) was as much of a character as the people themselves. Plus I loved the whole good vs. evil/ strong-but-silent man-with-a-past dynamic ... perfect for summer reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Seaberg | 11/20/2012

    " This is a page-turner. A great beach book. You won't be able to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/4/2012

    " A graphic thriller set in NY City in modern times. International financial intrigue combined with good old-fashioned mob corruption. A good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/12/2012

    " A pretty good mystery novel. Characters are well-developed and interesting. Plot was a bit predictable but not in a distracting way. I would like to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/9/2012

    " What a great read! Thoroughly engaging book- likeable, intriguing characters, great pacing and great story. The portrayal of NYC was great. The last quarter of the book unfortunately felt rushed...the story telling took on such a rapid pace at the compromise of character development and feeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 12/21/2011

    " Harrison's portrait of Manhattan's breadth and nuanced class ladders is the best element of this novel. The plotting is good, the characters middling, and the prose fairly pedestrian. I found this to be a smart, engaging thriller, but not really quite top shelf literary noir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/11/2011

    " A riveting story of murder & intrigue. A very "New York" story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/17/2011

    " Great fun.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/2/2011

    " A pretty good mystery novel. Characters are well-developed and interesting. Plot was a bit predictable but not in a distracting way. I would like to read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 10/31/2010

    " I loved this book! It got me from page 1. The cover didn't get me at all, didn't think I'd like it a bit, but ended up not able to put it down. Very interesting group of characters and fascinating how their lives intertwined and how the book ended. A different read for me but really good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/12/2010

    " Read by Jason Culp. This is only the 2nd Colin Harrison book I've read. He seems to specialize in graphic violence. THis book didn't bother me as much as Afterburn did. In fact, I rather liked it. Maybe because there were characters I liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 7/12/2010

    " This is a page-turner. A great beach book. You won't be able to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/16/2010

    " Harrison's portrait of Manhattan's breadth and nuanced class ladders is the best element of this novel. The plotting is good, the characters middling, and the prose fairly pedestrian. I found this to be a smart, engaging thriller, but not really quite top shelf literary noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 3/15/2010

    " A quick, compelling read- the best character in the book is New York City and the author explores all the different neighborhoods and characters that co-exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/18/2010

    " Well-written financial thriller, good characters, nice descriptions of NY. Much better writing than I've come to expect from a thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/14/2009

    " A great suspense novel, true page turner. I put it down only to eat and sleep this weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Idfaciamus | 8/24/2009

    " Like Raymond Chandler, Harrison has some nice observations on human nature and has that cynical edge. He generally writes well. The plot also moved at a good pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/19/2009

    " just okay. both Ray Grants have the potential to feel compelling as characters but each is not quite developed enough. A decent airplane book, but I'd hoped for more than that. "

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About the Author
Author Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison is the author of several novels, including Manhattan Nocturne and Break and Enter. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp, winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Gerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.