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Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Steven Kearney Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781524723644
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A simple mix up throws an innocent man into the cross-hairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in this timely, electrifying thriller from New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn’t notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it’s too late. Tanner’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.    


When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she’s come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0—and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it’s too late.


When Will fails to gain Tanner’s cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous “fixer” for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still—and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Great characterization, heart-stopping chase scenes, a plot that never flags—and even a few fascinating facts about coffee sourcing. Finder may well be the best contemporary thriller writer going. Booklist (starred review)
  • Seemingly ripped from recent headlines, Finder's latest...whizzes by so quickly and suspensefully...A master of what might be called the ‘man in over his head’ thriller, Finder delivers a tense, uncannily relevant tale about government secrets falling into the wrong hands. Kirkus Reviews
  • “[Finder] once again shows his knack for crafting an engaging thriller. Publishers Weekly
  • Finder has written another compelling thriller that demonstrates his strengths of mixing corporate themes with mayhem...the perfect summer read. Library Journal
  • “[R]ipped from the headlines. The Washington Post
  • “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive and working today, this is the kind of story he would direct. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Perfect for fans of The Fugitive. The Boston Globe
  • The Switch is a dazzling political thriller, a kind of 'Advise and Consent' postmodernized for the 24/7 news cycle world. Perfectly timed and wondrously prescient, this is summer reading of the highest order. The Providence Journal
  • [A] much-needed shot of adrenaline sure to shake up the waning late summer days. The Oklahoman
  • [A] master of the corporate thriller. [Finder’s] novels infuse fast-moving plots with well-researched business minutiae and impressively current tech details. WBUR Boston
  • “Ripped from the headlines.”

    Washington Post

  • “Perfect for fans of The Fugitive.

    Boston Globe

  • A dazzling political thriller, a kind of ‘Advise and Consent’ postmodernized for the 24/7 news cycle world. Perfectly timed and wondrously prescient, this is summer reading of the highest order.”

    Providence Journal

  • "[A] compelling thriller that demonstrates his strengths of mixing corporate themes with mayhem.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Kearney brings energy and a fast pacing to the production, taking the plot swiftly past a few credibility potholes to get to the heart of the book, the fever-paced chase.”

    Publisher Weekly (audio review)

  • “Kearney’s brisk pace and solid voice work keep things engaging. Kearney inflates the paper-thin Tanner to a likable protagonist and unearths surprising pathos in Will Abbott, the senator’s chief of staff, who battles his own ambition and insecurity.”


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 3/2/2018

    " I found this to be disappointing. The thrust of this story is that two computers accidentally get switched at an airport. One belongs to a coffee manufacturer and the other to a US Senator. For some reasons, these otherwise educated people never simply call the airport or TSA concerning the mixup but, instead try to take steps at recovery themselves. It turns out the Senator is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and she has illegally downloaded classified info on her computer. Needless to say, the NSA, Senate Security and other nefarious scoundrels become involved. The writer eschews logical choices for his characters and seems to have little appreciation for Congress and governmental entities. Having spent over 50 years in the Intelligence Community I found this to be drivel that challenges the plot lines of TV's "Homeland". "

About the Author

Joseph Finder is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including. His novel Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, both of which 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 Narrator

Steven Kearney is an audiobook narrator known for his readings of novels by Joseph Finder