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Title:
The switch : a novel
ISBN:
9781524778361

9781635460858
Edition:
First large print edition.
Publication:
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Physical Description:
518 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Title from web page.
Summary:
"A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller. Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0--and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late. When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still--and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.

When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0--and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late.

When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still--and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.


Author Notes

Joseph Finder was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 6, 1958, and spent his early childhood in Afghanistan and the Philippines. He received a B.A. in Russian studies from Yale University and a M.A. at the Harvard Russian Research Center. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1983-84.

His first book, Red Carpet: The Connection between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen, was published in 1983 and is a nonfiction account of Western capitalists making profits from trade with the communist world. His first novel, The Moscow Club, was published in 1991. His other novels include Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour, Paranoia, Power Play, and the Nick Heller series. Company Man won a the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller and Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. High Crimes was adapted into a 2002 Fox film starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

Finder's novel, The Fixer, made The New York Times best seller list in 2015.

In addition to fiction, he writes on espionage and international relations for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Two people arriving at Boston's Logan Airport from a Los Angeles flight have accidentally switched laptops. One is Michael Tanner, who runs a Boston-based coffee distribution company. The other is U.S. Senator Susan Robbins. Experienced readers could almost write the plot from this point onward: the senator's computer contains highly classified materials and she sets into motion a series of actions that lead to an expected conclusion. Reader Steven Kearney does little to breathe excitement into Finder's somewhat turgid prose and the only halfway interesting character is a Foghorn Leghorn-esque NSA agent determined to reclaim the laptop with or without Tanner's (or Robbins's Senate aide's) cooperation. The action, such as it is, seems overly complex and if it were not for the reputation of Finder, this would not be a necessary purchase. Verdict Highly optional. ["The perfect summer read": LJ 6/1/17 review of the Dutton hc.]-Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.