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The Insider [Mass Market Paperback]

Reece Hirsch
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May 4 2010
An explosive debut thriller

First corporate attorney Will Connelly's colleague hurtles to his death outside his office window. Within days, Will is a prime suspect in a murder, the target of an S.E.C. insider trading investigation, and a pawn in a complex criminal scheme involving the Russian mafia and a ruthless terrorist plot. Now, to top things off, he must ensure a deadly enemy doesn't gain access to the nation's most sensitive and confidential information-that has the power to do incalculable, irrevocable harm.


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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."
-Michelle Gagnon

"A deft plot, blistering action, and plenty of unexpected twists."
-Sophie Littlefield

"Compelling in its intensity...Watch out, John Grisham!"
-Gayle Lynds


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Insider Aug. 13 2011
By coccotoro TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"The Insider", by Reece Hirsch is a fast-paced legal thriller. It is well written with plenty of action, suspense and surprising twists.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping June 30 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This debut novel is a gripping and gritty tale staring San Francisco corporate attorney Will Connelly who becomes unwittingly ensnared in a complex scheme involving the Russian mafia and a terrorist plot to release Sarin nerve gas on the BART train system.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book April 13 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good book, with good twists and turns keeps my attention until last page
Good legal thriller with interesting story...
when I start reading it I could not stop...
I like it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive legal thriller Feb. 12 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the very first chapter, I was addicted. 'The Insider' took me on a wild ride along with the main character, Will Connelly. The twists and turns kept me flipping the pages. Just when I thought Will had escaped from one situation, he found himself in another.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anybody who plays the stock market not as an insider, is like a man buying cows ...by...moonlight" Daniel Drew Nov. 18 2010
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The subject matter of this novel is as timely as if it was taken from today's six o'clock news.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUMPIN' JUPITER Aug. 15 2012
By Red Rock Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
THE INSIDER by Reece Hirsch with its multiple story aspects ranges from legal thriller to murder mystery to an action packed adventure reminiscent of a theatrical release depicting the heros race against the clock/conspiracy theory saga and could be compared to digging into a seven layer dip at a pool party and discovering how many different and exciting flavors are contained in one simple dish.

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).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turning suspense... May 11 2012
By Michael Link - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Shortly after corporate attorney Will Connelly meets an attractive woman at a nightclub, he snagged by thugs aspiring to join the Russian Mafia and tortured until he agrees to provide insider information about a small tech company involved in a merger with a major corporation. Will soon realizes that someone else in his law firm must be connected with the hoodlums and with the recent death of a colleague who was representing Jupiter Software, the client whose security transcription secrets are coveted by both computer conglomerate Pearl Systems and a terrorist group planning a sequel to the 911 attack on America. Suddenly, Will finds himself under investigation by the SEC and the Justice Department, and between a rock and a hard place. Cooperating with government agents will destroy his career and mean entering the Federal Witness Protection Program, which may or may not assure his safety. If he chooses the alternative of providing the people who have suddenly invaded his life what they want from him, it will lead to the death of hundreds of innocent Bay Area civilians and likely even more devastating attacks on America in the near future. With only two friends he can trust and nowhere to turn, Will must try to find a way out of his entrapment before he loses his own life. The Insider is a legal thriller that merits comparison to John Grisham's stories for page turning suspense, and hopefully this first novel by San Francisco attorney Reece Hirsch is only the first of more to come by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scorching debut thriller July 9 2010
By Elizabeth A. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fact that he was innocent should have been a comfort to him, but it wasn't. - Will Connelly

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story of Corruption Jan. 3 2012
By Ethan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Finally, I have found a novel to end my summer reading slump! This is a smart, well crafted thriller that will have readers hooked from the opening sequence. Reminiscent of some of the better John Grisham novels, The Insider presents a down to earth lawyer who is thrust into an extraordinary conspiracy. With murder, mobsters and a fast pace, author Reece Hirsch has managed to write a thriller that thoroughly entertains. If every author wrote a debut novel like this one, every author would be a best seller!
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