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House on Fire: A Novel (A Nick Heller Novel…
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House on Fire: A Novel (A Nick Heller Novel Book 4) (udgave 2020)

af Joseph Finder (Forfatter)

Serier: Nick Heller (book 4)

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In New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's electrifying new thriller, private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful wealthy family hiding something sinister. Nick Heller is at the top of his game when he receives some devastating news: his old army buddy Sean has died of an overdose. Sean, who once saved Nick's life, got addicted to opioids after returning home wounded from war.  Then at Sean's funeral, a stranger approaches Nick with a job, and maybe also a way for Nick to hold someone accountable. The woman is the daughter of a pharmaceutical kingpin worth billions. Now she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing her father and his company for burying evidence that its biggest money-maker was dangerously addictive. It was a lie that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including Sean.  All Nick has to do is find the document that proves the family knew the drug's dangers. But Nick soon realizes that the sins of the patriarch are just the beginning.  Beneath the surface are barely concealed cabals and conspiracies: a twisting story of family intrigue and lethal corporate machinations. In a deadly game of chess that pits Nick against a family dynasty, against brothers and sisters with schemes of their own, Nick learns how far his enemy is willing to go to protect its name and its wealth.… (mere)
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In this, the fourth outing for Nick Heller, the characters are believable, the plot twisty and often surprising. The ultra rich pharma family tears itself apart. Short chapters, lots of action but I felt that the plot dragged in places. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 2, 2021 |
I've enjoyed all of Joseph Finder's previous books, and this one was no exception. It was action-packed, and as usual Nick Heller, super-duper private investigator, figures it all out and escapes unscathed just in the nick of time. I did figure out who the bad guy was before the end, but that's OK, it was still a fun read. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Jul 18, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. I decided to read this book because it sounded like it would be an exciting mystery thriller. I hadn't read anything written by Joseph Finder before picking up this book but I didn't let that deter me since I am always looking for new authors to try. This is the fourth book in the Nick Heller series but I read it as a stand-alone and it worked well. I thought that the book got off to a very good start and told a very entertaining and exciting story. I am so glad that I took a chance and decided to read this book.

Nick Heller is a private investigator and he once served in the military. When Nick learns of the death of a good friend who once saved his life while in action, he goes to help the family right away. At the funeral, he meets a woman with ties to the company that produces the highly addictive drug which his friend was addicted to and this woman enlists Nick's help in proving that the company knew just how dangerous these drugs really are. Nick is not only dealing with this new client but is also juggling the needs of his nephew and providing support to the family of the friend he lost. I found the mystery to be really well done and quite complex. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the book and I couldn't figure out how things would work out until it was revealed in the story. I liked that there was not only a lot of action to keep things interesting but also a lot of more thoughtful investigative work that went into solving this case.

I liked Nick a lot from the start. We learn early on that he is a man that has a strong moral code. He works hard to do a good job and to always do the right thing even when it might cost him money in the end. We get a few glimpses into his past and learn that he is a man that learns from his mistakes and tries to do better in the future. I loved the way that he was able to slip into almost any situation and handle himself in such a way that he was rarely questioned. He was almost always able to see things that others might miss and stayed focused on solving the mystery.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. I thought that this was a really well done and exciting story that kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed watching Nick in action and look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Penguin Group Dutton via NetGalley. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | May 12, 2020 |
Unpopular opinion coming your way.

I didn't love this book. I didn't even like it much.

Nick Heller is your stereotypical comic book superhero come to life. He wins all his battles, easily gets himself out of jams, and always finds ways to obtain whatever information he needs. I could live with all that, if he had personality, some sort of spark. He doesn't. I found him one-dimensional, dull, and annoying.

The pacing is quite slow. We have a whole lot of subplots going on, with various relationship drama and an avalanche of backstories. All the side issues detracted from the plot.

The plot itself is predictable and already past its expiration date. An author taking on a current events hot topic runs the risk of offering stale, dated content by the time the book is published, and for me that's what happened here.

None of the characters are complex or surprising.

I was bored.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley.* ( )
  Darcia | Mar 27, 2020 |
Shattered by the death of his army friend, private investigator Nick Heller accepts a job helping the daughter of a pharmaceutical giant. The company, Kimble Pharmaceutical, made the drug responsible for Sean’s death and the woman wants to blow the whistle, forcing the company to be accountable for the many deaths resulting from the misuse of the powerful drug Oxydone.

But Nick’s investigation reveals a complex web of intrigue filled with corporate collusion. With family members pitted against each other, are the secrets of a family dynasty about to be exposed? And just how far are the family members willing to go to protect their wealth?

In this timely tale of an easily-prescribed, highly addictive drug that has claimed uncounted lives, the all-too-realistic plot speaks to corporations unwilling to admit their part in the crisis, the lure of money, and the power of the pharmaceutical giants that value the bottom line over the welfare of the people.

In this, the fourth outing for Nick Heller, the characters are believable, the plot twisty and often surprising. There is enough backstory for readers new to the series, but it’s always fun to go back and catch up, especially when there are only a few books to bring readers up to speed. The narrative zooms along at breakneck speed, taking the reader on a difficult-to-set-aside journey filled with intrigue, unexpected revelations, and a final twist that readers are not likely to see coming. Don’t skip this one.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Feb 5, 2020 |
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In New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's electrifying new thriller, private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful wealthy family hiding something sinister. Nick Heller is at the top of his game when he receives some devastating news: his old army buddy Sean has died of an overdose. Sean, who once saved Nick's life, got addicted to opioids after returning home wounded from war.  Then at Sean's funeral, a stranger approaches Nick with a job, and maybe also a way for Nick to hold someone accountable. The woman is the daughter of a pharmaceutical kingpin worth billions. Now she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing her father and his company for burying evidence that its biggest money-maker was dangerously addictive. It was a lie that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including Sean.  All Nick has to do is find the document that proves the family knew the drug's dangers. But Nick soon realizes that the sins of the patriarch are just the beginning.  Beneath the surface are barely concealed cabals and conspiracies: a twisting story of family intrigue and lethal corporate machinations. In a deadly game of chess that pits Nick against a family dynasty, against brothers and sisters with schemes of their own, Nick learns how far his enemy is willing to go to protect its name and its wealth.

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