The Insider Mass Market Paperback – May 4 2010
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"Gripping and gritty, The Insider sizzles with tension and twists that both entertain and magnetize. All the danger, treachery, and action that make a reader clamor for more are there. Well done."
-New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Berry
"Deftly filled with intricate twists and turns."
-New York Times Bestselling Author Sheldon Siegel
"San Francisco, the Russian mob, big business, and very fine legal madness-great stuff."
-New York Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart
"An extraordinary, fast-paced thriller with compelling characters, understated humor, and a great story."
-Michelle Gagnon, author of The Gatekeeper
"Fresh and genuinely exciting."
-Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land
"A cross between John Grisham and Eastern Promises."
"A deft plot, blistering action, and plenty of unexpected twists."
"Compelling in its intensity...Watch out, John Grisham!"
Top Customer Reviews
The story opens when Will is attracted to his office window by a body plummeting to his death; he soon discovers it is one of his close colleagues Ben Fisher. It turns out Ben was lead negotiator for a client's quest to merge with "Jupiter Software", a world leader in the development of encryption software. This important case cannot be held up and Will finds himself thrust into the prominent position replacing his fellow attorney. As he digs deeper and gets involved, he discovers that Jupiter has a secret deal with NSA and could be complicit in a covert spy operation.
His life changes drastically when the police consider him the prime suspect in Ben's murder and possibly guilty of insider trading. Framed and the new target, Ben realizes he must use all his smarts to stay alive and keep Jupiter and it's highly sought after technology from falling into the wrong hands.
I like this novel; it is quite a stellar debut. The threads are non- stop action expertly woven together to provide an interesting and timely story. The plot is tense, fast paced and unpredictable, never a dull moment. I like Mr. Hirsch's writing; it flows smoothly, it is titillating in its humour with clever twists here and there, his words are well chosen, I found it to be a refreshing read. Although most characters are vividly portrayed and believable, Will comes across as naïve and gullible falling for every scheme in the book, not the qualities we associate with a skilled negotiator but likeable just the same:)
Well done Mr. Hirsch, I am looking forward to your next novel.
Will Connelly's, corporate attorney, life has been turned upside down starting with the death of a friend and colleague of whom he witnesses falling from outside his office window. Will must set aside his grief because he has just made partner and focus on his first task of leading negotiations in the merger of a new software company. Will is not prepared for the series of events following that will completely change his life.
Hirsch manages to combine a twisty plot involving Russian mobsters, insider trading,and a secret government surveillance program.
Very easy and exciting book to read. Every single page is thrilling. Very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading mystery, suspense thrillers.
Reece Hirsch gives the reader just enough description without slowing the pace of the story.
If you've never read a legal thriller before, this is a great one to start with. If you have, check out 'The Insider' by Reece Hirsch. You won't be disappointed.
Good legal thriller with interesting story...
when I start reading it I could not stop...
I like it...
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Will Connelly is a corporate attorney. He arrives at work early to work on a project. He's busy at work when he sees the body of senior associate, Ben Fisher, plummet past his window on the thirty-eighth floor.
Soon after this, while Will is still in shock, he's visited by one of the senior managing partners who informs him that even though this is a sorrowful time, business must continue. He announces that Will has been made a managing partner and will be handling some of Ben Fisher's accounts.
Wanting to celebrate his long time goal of becoming a partner, Will stops at a bar on the way home. After a few drinks, he notices a woman and they begin talking about work. The woman is Russian, named Katya. She coaxes him into admitting that he's an attorney and working on a merger. After more persuasion, he tells Katya that the company is Jupiter Software, a world leader in encription software.
When he tells her this, Will realizes that he's broken a number of securities laws, divulging a possible merger of a publicly traded company. If Katya bought stock in the company, Will would be guilty of insider trading.
Katya invites Will to her apartment. They spend the night together and in the morning two men bang on the door. These men are friends of Katya's and after roughing Will up, demand more information about what he's working on.
The story goes on and Will gets further into trouble. Implausably, when Katya's acquaintences allow Will to leave the apartment, he doesn't go to authorities even though he knows that he's in trouble and has broken major security laws.
At the firm, Claire Rowland, the employee who is in charge of making sure that the proper laws are followed, is fired against Will's vote. That night Claire calls Will, thanks him for standing up for her and tells her that there is something going on with the encryption technology and the government is attempting to use it in an illegal manner.
The story is a bit technical and somewhat inconceivable. Most people in finance would know that they were being set-up long before Will did. However, Reece Hirsch is a strong writer and has put together an interesting and timely novel. The plot moves swiftly and the final confrontation adds an unexpected surprise.
Readers should find the novel exciting and want to know how Will and Claire can maneuver out of an impossible situation.
The base of author Hirsch's concoction is a large San Francisco corporate law firm, employer to a young gun named Will Connelly who has been putting in an extraordinary amount of hours in his attempt to make partner. Over this base he adds a layer of "is it suicide or murder death of a collegue" which is followed by the pillow talk with the beautiful Russian woman portion which adds to the Russian mafiya layer, leading to the insider trading/technological espionage frame-up layer with Will being investigated by various government agencies. All of that and your hypothetical chip has done nothing more than make a small dent in this tasty treat There are many more layers still to explore.
Like most folks who are ambitious and have been guilty of an inadvertent slip of the lip, Will is very much concerned with self-preservation including maintaining the lifestyle and perks he has worked so hard to attain, therefore it never occurs to him to approach the appropriate authorities and seek their assistance when being blackmailed or threatened with bodily harm. (This seems to be SOP for most protagonists faced with this sort of situation. You never, never, never go to any bureaucratic entity for help even when you are walking around with a huge target painted on your chest and are in imminent danger. Instead, always seek the help of a trusty side-kick and try to handle it on your own because that is where all the excitement lies......and it is sure to keep the reader engaged!)
While there are a few moments that defy the law of probability and require the reader to "abandon all logic", for the most part Hirsch has written a delectable and entertaining piece of distraction that is almost certain to help you forget the summer's heat (or if you happen to be reading it later in the year, the winter's chill).
Attorney Will Connelly has very little to comfort him in Reece Hirsch's scorching debut novel, The Insider. Arriving at work early on the day he's to learn the results of the firm's partnership vote, Will sees his coworker Ben Fisher plummet to his death past Will's thirty-eighth floor office window. The fact Will was the only one in the office at the time of Ben's death, and that Will's office access card is found next to Ben's body, make for some uncomfortable questions from the San Francisco Police Department.
Will has barely seen the police out of his office when he's visited by the firm's senior partner, who informs Will that he did make partner. Further, he's being put in charge of the project Ben had been working on, a major merger involving computer software company Jupiter Software. After putting in a full day on the new assignment, Will heads out to a local bar for a muted celebration of his new partnership. There he meets a beautiful Russian named Katya and goes home with her... and this is where Will's troubles go from simply life altering to life threatening.
In effort to impress Katya he lets slip about the big merger he's working on. The next morning Will and Katya are confronted by two Russian thugs who force their way into Katya's apartment, threaten Katya, and beat information about the Jupiter merger out of Will. Knowing he can't go to the police without revealing that he's committed malpractice by violating attorney-client privilege as well as violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations against insider trading, Will is on his own to extricate himself from the mess he's gotten into.
Not exactly an easy task, as Will soon discovers that Jupiter, the world's leading company in encryption software, has a secret relationship with the government regarding a powerful encryption key. Further, it turns out the two Russian thugs were merely mafiya wannabes who shopped the information they got from Will to a real Russian mobster, one who wants the Jupiter encryption key so he can sell it to a terrorist. Before he knows it Will has an alphabet soup of law enforcement agencies from the SFPD to the SEC to the DOJ to the DHS after him... and the Russian mafiya nipping at his heels as well.
Despite being author Reece Hirsch's first book, The Insider does not read like a debut. Hirsch has exploded out of the gate with a mastery of pace and plotting that many authors take several books to find. Taking threads from a legal thriller, an organized crime story, and a race-against-the-clock terrorist plot, Hirsch has woven them all together in a wonderfully complex page turner. From the opening chapter death of his coworker to the closing chapter's clever swerve, The Insider is non-stop action.
If you like thrillers, legal thrillers in particular, you'll love The Insider. So whether you're trying to beat the heat by barricading yourself inside with air conditioning, camping out next to the pool, or heading to the beach, take a copy of The Insider with you; the action in it may actually be hotter than the weather you'll encounter this summer.