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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, June 2015 - The Fixer is one of those seemingly rare occurrences these days, the stand-alone thriller! I love books where the main character is an average person (Rick Hoffman is a journalist who just lost his job) who gets put into an extraordinary situation. I like to wonder when I am listening how I would respond when faced with similar circumstances. While renovating his childhood home Rick finds something (I won't spoil it, but you'll find out within the first few minutes) in a boarded up wall (any guesses?) that sets off a chain of events that puts him and his loved ones in mortal danger. I'll leave it for you to decide how Rick handles what happens, but one thing you can count on - once you start The Fixer you won't want to stop! –John, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder delivers his next breakneck standalone thriller about the secrets families can keep and the danger of their discovery.
When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into - and renovate - the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.
As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery - millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It's enough money to completely transform Rick's life - and everything he thought he knew about his father. Yet the more of his father's hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father - a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years - will save Rick...if he can survive long enough to do it.
©2015 Joseph Finder (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By karen on 06-14-15

A fairly good novel, clearly not a "thriller"

I've enjoyed all of Joseph Finder's books, read/listened to most of them more than once, but this new one, "The Fixer" isn't my favorite, not by a long shot. It's a fairly good novel. In listening, I never once went away with the fairies, never had to backtrack, so it's interesting enough. No complaints there.

But. I'm trying to isolate what the issue was. How about this: there are many of us who complain about books in which the gorgeous young female protagonist, knowing there is a vicious killer lurking out there somewhere, will hear a noise at night, and decide to go outside and investigate, all by herself, right? Well, here we've got her male counterpart.

I'm not sure what the exact diagnosis is -- naive, gullible, too-trusting, not sufficiently cynical or maybe just plain dumb, but this guy gets himself in more "fixes" (how about that?!) than any reasonably aware 30-something would ever do. When we get to the last hour of the book, and once again, Rick heads off by himself into what is obviously a danger zone -- while I'm sure the entire reading audience is screaming, "DON'T GO -- ARE YOU NUTS??" -- he goes anyway. Happily. Confidently. Good grief -- whaddya gonna do with a guy like that? Honestly, his too-trusting character gets almost silly.

One avenue I thought Finder was going to take -- but he didn't -- was typical: At the very beginning, Finder has Rick (who found all this money) go out and make several $9000 deposits into bank accounts at several different banks, saying he knows he's safe from "Homeland Security" if he keeps it under $10,000. Finder might ask former Congressman Denny Hastert how well that kind of thing worked for him. Pretty silly -- or naive -- for Rick to think he could simply obey the letter of the law and Homeland Security would leave him alone. Maybe there's room for a sequel there, when the feds take after Rick which, sooner or later, they surely would.

Two positive things: they chose exactly the right narrator. Steven Kearney's boyish "Aw shucks gee whiz" voice quality is just perfect for the gullible Rick. The narration is great -- Kearney does well on the Irish accents, too. Well done.

And secondly, the novel is a fine meditation on fathers and sons, what sons know about their fathers, how much they don't know, but make judgments about anyway. I resonated with that on my maternal side. I never really knew my mother, wish I'd had the chance Rick had, to discover something about her that would have changed the way I remember her. In that sense, it's a fine novel indeed.

So? Not Finder's best -- "Company Man" remains my all time favorite. But still, worth a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 06-15-15

4 ½ stars. Good mystery suspense. I enjoyed it.

Jeff used to be an investigative reporter. He’s currently unemployed. His father has been in a nursing home for 18 years. Jeff finds a large stash of money in his father’s home. He begins investigating. His father cannot speak or communicate.

My only hesitation was why Jeff didn’t carry a weapon to protect himself. He was beaten and his life threatened more than once - because powerful people did not want him digging in the past. One time he knew who beat him, but he did not tell the cops. I wish the author explained motivations for those things better.

I was sooo happy the author wrote this in 3rd person. He has written other books in 1st person. I don’t like reading 1st person.

Steven Kearney was pretty good, but not as good as Will Patton and Frank Mueller. Some of his reading was wooden. For example: “Why don’t you tell me, Rick said acidly.” The narrator read this in a regular tone of voice instead of “acidly.” The recording equipment was good because I did not hear Kearney’s breaths - yay.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: mystery suspense.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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