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High Crimes: A Novel

High Crimes: A Novel

Written by Joseph Finder

Narrated by Thérèse Plummer


High Crimes: A Novel

Written by Joseph Finder

Narrated by Thérèse Plummer

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3.5/5 (7 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
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Released:
Sep 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781427211613
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Description

Claire Heller Chapman — a Harvard Law School professor and a high-powered attorney — has just attained a national reputation for her work on several high-profile cases. Her second husband, Tom Chapman, is a successful moneymanager who adores Claire and her six-year-old daughter. They live in a beautiful house and lead a glamorous and happy life.

Then a random burglary turns their world upside down. A routine police investigation reveals that Tom is not who he says he is. He never attended the college he said he did. He once had a different name. He once was, Claire learns, a secret operative for the U.S. government.

When he is suddenly arrested and put on trial for a crime he insists he didn't commit — an unspeakable atrocity carried out 13 years ago — she puts her reputation on the line to defend him. The case is tried in a top-secret court-martial conducted by the Pentagon, in which all the evidence is classified, and the rules are unlike any Claire has ever known.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781427211613
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including Suspicion and Vanished. Finder’s international bestseller Killer Instinct won ITW’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures. He lives in Boston.


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  • (3/5)
    Not very good.
  • (5/5)
    excellent military trial read
  • (4/5)
    I thought this was a fairly enjoyable legal thriller in light of the fact that I haven't previously read any of Finder's other novels. A female lawyer's life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested for multiple murders & she discovers that the man she thought she knew well is not the person she thought he was. But is he really guilty of the crimes? While portions of this story were somewhat predictable & it reminded me a lot of A Few Good Men, it was engaging enough to make me want to keep listening & not want to get out of the car. Being the abridged audiobook version, there were some abrupt transitions that I've come to expect with abridgements, but nothing that made it too hard to follow. As far as abridgements go, this one was pretty good, although I would've been interested to read an unabridged version to get some more background information.
  • (3/5)
    I really like Joseph Finder's writing style, so I enjoyed this one as well. I liked the "fish out of water" aspect of the Harvard Law professor in military court. The daughter was totally unsympathetic, I'm not sure why she was even in the book. Jackie was unnecessarily vague. I liked Grimes and Embry. Quick good legal thriller, but his later books are better.
  • (3/5)
    Is this the book the movies was based upon?
  • (3/5)
    This early Finder is not a corporate thriller (for which he is better known), but rather a legal one and not very original (perfect husband with mysterious past is outed and now forced to come clean and answer for his alleged crimes). I found myself skimming whole pages of courtroom drama and scenes featuring a whiny brat. Somehow I don’t think I missed anything. A lot of the dialogue at the end, where a certain corrupt General was on the witness stand, were almost word for word lifted from A Few Good Men (You NEED me on that wall!). I could only picture Nicholson in my head while reading this part. Ditto for And Justice For All (You’re out of order!). It was laughable. It was patently obvious that hubby wasn’t as innocent as he made out to be and that it would be a painful revelation for Claire once she found out. Probably a violent one, too. Some of the ‘clues’ dropped by an unknown informer were completely ignored and had they not been, the novel would have been a lot shorter. Some of the characters were created solely to manipulate the readers’ emotions and did little to further the plot (they could have been anyone) – Claire’s kid for one and the judge at the Court Martial for another. Claire’s sister Jackie was the only one who seemed to have any sense apart for her unnatural attachment to the aforementioned whiny brat. Loose ends abound as well (maybe they were tied down in the parts I skipped, but I doubt it). I didn’t really like any of the characters (except maybe for Ray, in a big detective/protector kind of way that I was supposed to) and only kept with it because it was fairly compelling in the sense that I wanted to see if it ended as hip deep in cliché as it began. It did. Subsequent to this novel, Finder seems to have found his métier – the corporate thriller and while samey, those books are at least a bit more original than this one. He does have a talent for writing devious shenanigans though and witless protagonists who have to try to deal with them. Part of why I read Finder is to laugh at those hapless dopes as they battle the miscreant and find a way to win in the end, despite the overwhelming odds. It’s fun to watch them become suddenly crafty, physically able or (more likely) get rescued.