House on Fire

Dutton. Jan. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781101985847. $28. THRILLER
Finder’s fourth “Nick Heller” novel (Vanished; Buried Secrets; Guilty Minds) picks up with Nick learning of the death of his friend and army buddy Sean. Sean, who saved Nick’s life when they served together, fought and lost a battle with opioid addiction. At Sean’s funeral, Nick is approached by Sukie Kimball, part of the Kimball pharma family—makers of the powerful drug Oxydone, responsible for Sean’s death. Sukie is a documentary filmmaker and ostensible black sheep of the family. She hires Nick to find proof that the company knew of the addictive dangers of Oxydone before it went to market. At his first undercover meeting with the family, however, he’s surprised to find Maggie, his old colleague and lover, has been hired by other factions within the family working toward different ends.
VERDICT This thriller is not only topical but beautifully driven by the intricacies of personal agendas, both obvious and hidden. Easily read as a stand-alone as well as part of the series, this is sure to captivate a new audience and bring them to the Joseph Finder backlist. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

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