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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder, Carla Norton Narrator: Christina Delaine, Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nick Heller Novels Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781427206732
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Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator--exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.

Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother, Lauren, lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace.

Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier," Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world--and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets, in Joseph Finder's thrilling Vanished.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This devilishly plotted thriller is so engrossing that you may not even mind when your own life is stalled in traffic. Holter Graham throws himself at the job, cracking his voice as an arrogant teen and pelading piteously as a woman whose eyeballs are threatened by a scalpel-wielding mercenary. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

  • Holter Graham puts his significant acting skills to work, especially in his voicing of the truly unique protagonist. This suspense never falters, and listeners will be pleased by the satisfying ending to this complex tale. Library Journal, Starred Review and Best Audiobooks of 2009 list
  • A heart-stopping saga of suspense, smoothly read aloud by Holter Graham. The Midwest Book Review
  • Graham does a wonderful job reading this and helped up the stakes with the way he builds the suspense of the book. Central Crime Zone

  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 2/20/2014

    " A great, fast-paced thriller hitting exactly all the right notes. I saw the end coming a mile away, but that didn't spoil the read at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerome Statema | 2/18/2014

    " I'm not sure if I've read any of Joseph Finder's previous novels, but it looks like he's started a series that I will continue to follow. I'll certainly be looking for his follow-on novel in this Nick Heller series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 2/9/2014

    " when roger heller disappears, his son, gabe ,calls roger's brother, nick, to come and help find him. this book had many twists and turns and kept me turning the pages as fast as i could as the pieces unfolded. looking forward to more nick heller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 2/8/2014

    " Not bad. Kept me interested, had some definite twists & turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Ann | 2/5/2014

    " Lots of action and uncertainty. Who can you trust? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Stamber | 1/29/2014

    " Vanished is a thriller with a political twist featuring a fairly typical ex Special Forces guy who is on the trail of his missing brother. Like many other thrillers it's a pleasant enough read, but with nothing to make it stand out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cottageunderhill | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this book, especially the main character Nick Heller. I seemed to get confused on the corporate scheme of things though. A great crime thriller, though I may need to read more corporate crime thrillers to get a better feel for them. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raymond | 1/5/2014

    " This novel is too much involved with an intricately clandestine mergers and acquisitions plot for my taste! There is an incident near the ending where some of the characters are drinking that special Dr Pepper that was bottled in Dublin, Texas - they would be disappointed now that Snapple supposedly has that contract. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 1/5/2014

    " All of his books I've read are excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivien Mihaly | 12/29/2013

    " Got bit bored with this after a while - like too many others and perhaps should not have read it after John Grisham. Some of the characters were irritating, plot mediocre. Nah..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momski | 12/26/2013

    " I don't have much experience with thrillers, so I don't have much to compare it to. Kept my attention, characters felt real. A page turner for sure - I read it constantly every spare minute I had. I will eagerly read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/7/2013

    " Pretty clean fast read. Three and a half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 11/26/2013

    " Would give it 3.5 stars. The kind of thriller I like, but all the details and twists got to be too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 11/25/2013

    " I did get very involved in this story and liked Nick Heller as a character and will read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 11/25/2013

    " Another good read by this author with lots of twists and turns in the story line. I really enjoy this author. Can't wait for his next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett B | 11/20/2013

    " So far, so good. Kept me reading last night though I was tired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T. M. | 6/3/2013

    " Starts off interestingly enough, then reverts to old cliches and standbys that make for a lack-luster ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Wright | 5/19/2013

    " This is the first in the series. It's a little slower than the ones coming up. I still really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Looks like Finder is following the lead of authors such as Flynn and Lee Child. While I enjoyed many of Finder's previous novels, I look forward to reading more of his "Nick Heller" novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 1/22/2013

    " My first read from this author. Much in the style of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. Always fun to get to know some new characters. I'd love to see Child and Finder collaborate on a thriller and bring Reacher and Heller together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2013

    " Entertaining, fast action story. Intriguing and likable protagonist. Some frustrating plot set-ups, but overall I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 7/8/2012

    " compelling thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marney | 7/8/2012

    " Fast paced and twisting plot. A believable story (with the requisite amount of suspended disbelief) about corrupt corporate activities. An enjoyable read. I will look for more "Nick Heller" novel. He is a hero with human flaws but a good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/22/2012

    " If you like Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series, you'll like this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 11/13/2011

    " Pretty lame. Didn't make me want to read any more of Joseph Finder's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trev Twinem | 9/6/2011

    " Paranoia was prob one of my all time fav books, this was also a very good high tech read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 6/17/2011

    " This was my first introduction to this author and it was quite enjoyable. The first in a proposed series, Nick Heller is quite a likeable character and the storyline kept the action moving along nicely. Would look forward to reading the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/12/2011

    " Easy-flowing prose. Good plot. Kept me involved and turning the page. I'll want to read more by this author and am glad that he has a catalog of several books to his credit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 5/3/2011

    " Terrific action thriller about corporate crime and intrigue with a tough, intelligent, likable protagonist. I'll definitely read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " A rich guy disappears. Bad things happen "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 4/26/2011

    " Fast interesting read - what would Michael Miliken or Michael J. Domenelli's kids be like -would father be a hero or a loser "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 4/17/2011

    " An okay thriller dealing with industrial espionage and all that stuff. A quick read....good for doctor and dentist waiting rooms! I've enjoyed some of his other books much more than this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/31/2011

    " This was an okay book. I won a book by this author and in this series and so I wanted to read the first book first. It was a good conspiracy, but much too long. The book I won is shorter and so I hope not as boring. I liked the characters and most of the storyline, although a bit predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " A bit too far-fetched and coincidental. This book didn't do too much for me. Just OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne-marie | 3/11/2011

    " This was one of the best books I have read in a long time!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/23/2011

    " Vanished is a thriller with a political twist featuring a fairly typical ex Special Forces guy who is on the trail of his missing brother. Like many other thrillers it's a pleasant enough read, but with nothing to make it stand out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/16/2011

    " A corporate action / suspense novel.I enjoyed it. Probably gave it only 3 stars, because it wasn't as good as the other two Finder novels I have read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/27/2011

    " Joseph Finder continues to write high-quality thrillers in a sort of subcategory that I guess one could call "corporate thrillers." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clipsy | 1/20/2011

    " Boring! The characters in this book were uninteresting and the plot did not hold my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 1/15/2011

    " Great read, but weak ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trev | 1/14/2011

    " Paranoia was prob one of my all time fav books, this was also a very good high tech read "

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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

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.