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High Crimes [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Joseph Finder , J. Charles
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Feb. 1 1998 Nova Audio Books
Claire Heller Chapman has the perfect life. She's a Harvard Law professor and criminal defense attorney known for taking on - and winning - tough cases. She's also happily married to Tom, and has a six-year-old daughter she adores. Then Tom is arrested by a team of government agents and accused of a 13-year-old wartime atrocity he insists he didn't commit. Claire soon discovers that her husband is not who he says he is, that once he had a different name, even a different face. Now Claire must defend Tom in a top-secret military court-marshal. As her career, and even her life, are put in jeopardy, she must try to believe in her husband's innocence - even when everything indicates that he is a killer.

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When (not if---the deal has already been signed) this terrific thriller gets made into a movie, you might see Morgan Freeman as a crusty lawyer who specializes in taking on the military establishment tell the actress playing ace Boston barrister and Harvard Law professor Claire Heller Chapman, "Every civilian who's ever gone into a military general court-martial and tried to attack the foundations of the military has lost his case. No exceptions. The military is a tight, closed fraternity. They take it real serious. Military justice is a deadly serious business." Claire has to realize this as she prepares to defend her husband--the man she knows as Tom Chapman, but who the Army says is Ron Kubik-- on charges that he took part in a massacre of 87 civilians in San Salvador 13 years before. Full of doubts about Tom's innocence and her own ability to prove it in an unfamiliar arena, Claire is brought to exciting, moving life by the extravagantly gifted Joseph Finder, whose previous thrillers (Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour) are available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Finder's Zero Hour (LJ 4/1/96) was a dynamite blockbuster, and his new work is slated for the same big marketing treatment. Cinematic qualities predominate as the dialog roles on page after page with taut give-and-take and sudden plot turns that leave little time for reflection or description. (Not surprisingly, the novel is slated to become a Tri-Star Pictures motion picture.) The plot is arrow-straight: a woman lawyer, at the top of her profession, must defend her husband in a military court for his alleged horrific crimes while serving in Vietnam. Steeped in the arcane detail of military justice, with a tough-mouthed heroine and a hardworking support cast, this is not likely to be a candidate for Oprah's Book Club, but it is a sure bet for most thriller collections.?Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for ann early effort April 24 2011
By Ron F.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I find that Joseph Finder's books get better as he progresses as an author. I had read most of his books, then the early "High Crimes" comes back as a reprint. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it highly, even if you've already seen the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Few Titles Compare, Absolutely Genius! June 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As someone who despises the corruption far too often found in American government and fascinated with the workings of our legal system - both civilian and otherwise - this title really was a grand slam with me. It was entertaining while still being down to earth and representative of the issues any trial lawyer with scruples must wrestle with.
The pace at which this title keeps the reader turning pages is ferocious and accuracy of the legal events in the title is astounding. At the same time, a sense of realism and a sense of normalcy is maintained throughout. At several times the reader is startled by unexpected events to keep him going.
But perhaps the most startling event of all is the ending. In nearly all cases... the knowledgeable reader already has a good idea what the ending will be before reading 75% of the title and is rarely shocked by the ending. There are plenty of hairpin turns and sharp corners in this book, none are more abrupt than the ending which leave the reader both satisfied and puzzled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT WRITER!!!!!! April 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
High Crimes captures the reader from the very first chapter. The plot is simple -- happy marriage until a past secret is revealed and then all hell breaks loose. Military politics, courtroom drama and an ending that will totally shock the reader. Limited characters make this easy to read. I love the short chapters because it makes it easy to follow. I read Joseph Finder's Paranoia, which is another great book. This is fiction at its very best!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Finder is a great find!!! Feb. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I became familiar with this author's name after reading reviews of his new book, PARANOIA. So, I put that one on reserve at the library and checked out HIGH CRIMES. What a great book! I love court room dramas anyway, and this one was gripping. Claire is defending her husband who has been arrested on charges of committing 87 murders during a wartime slaughter. Lawyer Claire takes on the job of defending him in a military trial. The trial itself is fascinating, but that ending is a blockbuster and so unexpected. Now I find that it has been made into a movie, and I want to see it. I hope they didn't change a thing. I really recommend this book for all readers who enjoy a good thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!! Feb. 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a great action, drama. Suspense that will blow your mind. The book is full of twist and action. This is one the is hard to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is your husband who you think he is? (3.5 stars) Oct. 10 2003
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High Crimes begins with great promise: idyllic lives are shattered with the sudden appearance of federal agents with the intent of arresting the husband of successful attorney and law professor, Claire Heller Chapman. The arrest warrant is for Ron Kubick, not Tom Chapman, the name by which Claire had always known her husband. To add to Claire's astonishment, Ron/Tom escapes from the agents through a series of highly athletic and violent escape moves that an investment consultant could scarcely possess.
As it turns out, Ron has evaded answering for war crimes that he allegedly committed some thirteen years prior as a member of an ultra-secret special operations unit. Part of the evasion was the creation of an entirely new person. Claire, convinced of her husband's innocence, decides to defend him despite her ignorance of the workings of military justice. About half of the book is concerned with the actions of Claire and her two attorney partners, one a black man rescued off of a scrap heap and the other a young JAG officer, in dealing with military trial procedures and is somewhat interesting.
The plot, though perhaps a bit on both the unbelievable and predictable sides, moves fairly steadily. It is in the area of character development and interactions that the book exhibits some shortcomings. Some of the characters' actions just do not feel right. A petite attorney kneeing her husband in the groin after a reunion under trying circumstances seems bizarre. The interactions with the six year old daughter are especially grating. Numerous other exchanges seem spliced together. One reviewer comments on the improved dialog. There is still a ways to go.
High Crimes has a good overall story line, but the discontinuities, as noted, do not help it. Not having read other Finder books, it will be interesting to see if a smoother presentation can be found in other and future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible! Oct. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though Joseph Finder's incredible thriller, "High Crimes," starts a little clumsily, it quickly gains momentum and becomes one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time! The plot is well-conceived and executed with enough adrenaline-churning moments to give the weak of spirit heart attacks. Despite a few minor inconsistencies in detail, "High Crimes" layers the intrigue and suspense inescapably. Finder does a phenomenal job of revving the tension to the right RPM to push this military/civilian thriller over the redline. This novel was one of those page-turners we hope every book will turn out to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Crimes... Simply Amazing!! Oct. 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book I could of read it in one sitting but
I like to make books like that last. I literally did not want
it to end.The plot and the story line all fall into place
perfectly. Every time that I started reading it I would just
fall in between the lines and I could visualize everything. I
still have not seen the movie but I know it is just as
thrilling. Joseph Finder is simply amazing
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