A Nick Heller Novel

By Joseph Finder

St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780312946517, 466pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2010


The only one with any chance of finding Roger is his brother, Nick. A private spy trained in the Special Forces, Nick Heller specializes in digging up secrets that those of influence would rather keep hidden. He and Roger have been estranged for years, ever since a bitter scandal tore their family apart. But Nick will do anything to protect Lauren and his nephew--even if it means taking on the most lethal enemy he's ever faced.

Plunged headlong into a desperate chase, Nick begins making shocking discoveries about Roger's life--and his own. As he finds himself embroiled in a very personal, high-stakes investigation, Nick must take on a powerful and deadly conspiracy that will stop at nothing--and spare no one--to protect its secrets

About the Author
Joseph Finder is the author of several "New York Times" bestselling thrillers, including "Buried Secrets", "High Crimes", "Paranoia "and the first Nick Heller novel, "Vanished". "Killer Instinct" won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and "Company Man" won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. "High Crimes" was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and "Paranoia" was the basis for 2013 film with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. "Killer Instinct" is also in development as a major motion picture. Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Praise For Vanished


“Financial thriller whiz Joe Finder has fully and seamlessly entered the world of Lee Child and James Rollins. A rousing, lightning-paced thriller from the first page to the last. ” —Providence Journal

“If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money’s on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they’d go for a beer together and set the world to rights—because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn’t miss.” —Lee Child

“A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes.” —Washington Post

“Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end.”—Publishers Weekly

“Breakneck pace and labyrinthine schemes . . . ingenious.” —Booklist

“Heller is Finder’s new series character and ...will very shortly be mentioned in the same breath as Reacher and Bosch...If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished.” —Crimespree magazine

“Moves at the pace of an injected neuro-toxin…You’ll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours.” —Shots magazine

 “Finder ratchets up the suspense while making Vanished both a business thriller and an old-fashioned heist. As usual, Finder knows how to measure out the action for the ultimate impact.” —Sun Sentinel

 “Finder is that rare thriller author who actually writes well. He manages deft characterization, offhand one-liners, and a fine sense of place....In the best thrillers everything is connected. Pay attention to the details here, because they all fit into the surprising and timely plot of this first-rate effort.” —SmartMoney

“Even though I'd been warned that everyone who'd read it did so in one sitting, I cracked the cover at 10 p.m., figuring yeah, yeah, one sitting, right. When I passed out at 4 a.m., I was thinking, boy, if I could just keep my eyes open long enough to finish this!” —Myles Knapp, Contra Costa Times


“A white-knuckle tale of suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Its premise is enough to send chills through corporate boardrooms, and through civilian readers too.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“A fast-paced fun ride…a delicious, perfectly prepared mixture.”—Boston Globe

 “A bloody, rollicking thrill ride...the plot moves at light speed.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch 

 “The action is swift…keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning.”—Wall Street Journal

“Thrilling. . . Start Power Play this afternoon and you’ll have the nightstand lamp burning at bedtime.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A finely crafted excursion into the dark heart of executive-suite skullduggery...plenty of action and suspense.”—Forbes

“[A] masterpiece...strong plotting, memorable characterizationa readability quotient to the degree that it almost seems as if putting the book down at any point before finishing it is akin to a criminal act...A fabulous offering.” —


“Unstoppable.”—USA Today

“Masterful.”—Houston Chronicle

“Explosive…wickedly fun.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Master of a complex suspense formula...flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A first-rate thrill ride.”— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A roller coaster of a read.”—Cosmopolitan

 “It starts off with a bang and doesn’t slow down until the last page.”—Ottawa Sun