It trips a reviewer's trigger to receive novels hot-off-the-press and straight from the author. Joseph Finder is more than a writer to his fans. He's personal. Over the last few years, a nice relationship has developed between Joe Finder, novelist, and his public. This writer appreciates his public — his readers. No J. D. Salinger here, Joe blogs with writing tips, how to get published articles, and talks with anyone who will listen about the process of writing.
It is more than just public relations and the ca-ching of the cash register driving Finder's approach to writing. He shares himself. With his latest thriller out just last week, Finder is omnipresent online. The reaction to his media blitz is favorable. He doesn't claim a spotlight and pontificate about the glory of his words, instead there is an honest attempt to define the writing process, to explain how he got the idea for the plot and what influenced his choice of characters. Enough said about Finder personally; you can go to his website to read more.
The book? The thriller? Does it thrill?
And Nick Heller, the new anti-hero private investigator who will, undoubtedly, lead the fray into more fictional fun? He's delicious. Finder is at his best when creating the satirical and lovable main man. There's a bit of a rogue in this guy Heller, with his obvious wit and subtle humor.
Finder keeps us interested with subtle cultural asides. When Heller is going to sneak a peak at someone's laptop, he boots the computer and then has enough time to walk around the room, survey the view from the window, check the titles of books on the shelves and get comfortable at the desk. All this because it's a Windows machine he's booting. A quick Google search using Joseph Finder "Macintosh" gives this result, an interview on Alors, Et Toi?: "I write on a Macintosh G5 tower in Boston and on a MacBook Air at our Cape house, and yet another Mac, a MacBook Pro, at my small home office in Boston." It's a Mac thing, this reviewer understands...