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House on Fire
A Novel
By (author): Joseph Finder
9781101985847 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Jan 21, 2020
$37.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 in 384 pages Dutton
In New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder’s new thriller, private investigator Nick Heller is hired to infiltrate a powerful family whose wealth and reputation hide something far more sinister.

Nick Heller, private spy, exposes secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden.

At the funeral of his good friend Sean, an army buddy who once saved Nick’s life and had struggled with opioid addiction since returning wounded from war, a stranger approaches Nick with a job. The woman is a member of the Rhodes family, whose immense fortune was built on opiates. Now she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing evidence that Rhodes Pharmaceutical knew its biggest money-maker drug, Oxydone, was dangerously addictive and led directly to the overdoses and deaths of people like Sean.

Nick agrees instantly, eager to avenge Sean’s death, but he quickly finds himself entangled in the complicated family dynamics of the Rhodes dynasty. The other Rhodes siblings view Nick as the enemy, and at least one will do anything to keep him from exposing the patriarch’s guilt. And Nick discovers he is not the only private investigator employed by a Rhodes scion. His old lover Maggie has also been hired, reuniting the two after a conflict when they both worked at the Pentagon years ago.

Nick and Maggie soon realize the sins of the Rhodes patriarch are just the beginning. Beneath the surface are the barely concealed cabals and conspiracies: a twisting story of family intrigue and lethal corporate machinations.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PEDIGREE: Joseph Finder has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a decade and has chosen Dutton because of our track record in enhancing the brand-name publishing of our top franchise authors.

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED: Joseph Finder’s novels have garnered widespread acclaim; according to a starred Booklist review for The Switch, “Finder may well be the best contemporary thriller writer going.”

NEW PUBLICATION DATE: Starting with Judgment, we now publish Finder in January rather than summer, giving him more time to perfect this latest installment. The different sales environment presents an exciting opportunity, and landed Judgment on the NYT printed list.

HOLLYWOOD SUCCESS: Two of Joseph Finder’s books have been made into films to date, with many more under option, and now his 2014 success Suspicion is being made into a TV pilot for NBC. We can hope and expect to take advantage of Finder’s continuing momentum in Hollywood.

WELL-CONNECTED: Finder’s ties in the mystery and thriller community run deep, and his fellow writers—some of the biggest names in the business—always come out and support his new work.

JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen previous novels, including Judgment, The Switch, Guilty Minds, The Fixer, and Suspicion. Finder’s international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers’ 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.

Author Residence: Boston

Marketing: 5-city author tour

National print and online publicity

Radio satellite tour

National advertising

Online and social media promotion

Bookstagram campaign

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Author Social Media:; Twitter:@JoeFinder

Praise for Joseph Finder and his novels

“This is an exquisite game of cat and mouse. Finder is fully in his groove here. The guy never disappoints. Judgment rocks.”—David Baldacci

“Joseph Finder’s thrillers always deliver, and Judgment is no exception—incredibly timely, twisty, and impossible to put down.”—Karin Slaughter

“A master of the modern thriller.”—The Boston Globe

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