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High Crimes

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,876 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Meet Claire Heller Chapman. A criminal defense attorney who's made a name for herself by taking on—and winning—the toughest cases, Claire still manages to have a relatively calm life as a Harvard Law School professor, devoted wife, and proud mother to six-year-old Annie. Until one night, when the family is out having dinner, a team of government agents bursts onto the scen ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Farnoosh Brock
Apr 14, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found it irresistible not to be consumed by Claire’s story or imagine her any other way than Ashley Judd while reading the book. Perhaps that is why we create the movies; if done well, they give us the means to get even more intimate with our books. They give our characters a face, a voice, a manner, and a means to exist other than in our own imagination. Movies done well do wonders for our reading mind.

Of all his books, I think Finder is most comfortable here taking risks as a writer. He buil
Jane Stewart
Probably average for the book. Below average for the audiobook narrator.

I read the first half and the last three chapters. It might be good for others, but I just wasn’t in the mood. It was getting into legal processes and evidence.

I want happy endings, and the ending was ok for me.

I did not like two things about her. She used a weird almost dorky voice for the hero Tom. She made 6-year-old Annie sound bratty, spoiled, and unlikeable. Maybe the author was wri
Jan 03, 2013 Thuraya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thuraya by: RVA Book Club Read April 2011
Shelves: book-club-books
I tend to avoid, when choosing what book to read next, the thriller and chick-lit genre as an attempt to escape the likelihood of ending up with something that proves to be formulaic and therefore predictable. Though I’m sure there are novels that manage to break free of this stereotype, these two genres in particular seem to be full of authors who crank out book after book involving the same plots and characters. These books delight a multitude of readers and their authors are able to earn a st ...more
Blood Rose Books
In his novel High Crimes, Joseph Finder explores the length that one woman will go to in order to save her husband's life even if it turns out that he is a man that knew nothing about.

Claire Chapman has a great life. She is successful lawyer with a teaching practice at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, she was able to find a great man after her first husband died, her life could not be better. But Claire's life is about to be turned upside down by the FBI who are not intere
Jan 15, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as "Suspicion" for sure. Ending was a twist, but you could see "something" was going to happen unexpectedly. Characters just seemed a bit like cardboard cut-outs. Not terrible, just not great. Will keep reading Finder because he does make you turn the pages!
Lynn Demsky
Jul 07, 2016 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I found this to be a real good, amazing sort of thriller read! The plot is really thick, lots of action, questions….GREAT read! I have yet to find a book by Mr. Finder that isn’t a terrific read!
Jul 04, 2011 Kent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an okay courtroom drama, but I found most of the surprises surprisingly unsurprising.

And I had the annoying feeling that I know more about the military justice system from watching JAG and a Few Good Men than Joseph Finder seems to know.

Finder must have seen A Few Good Men though. At least one of the scenes seemed highly inspired by this movie.

I just discovered that High Crimes have been made into a movie with Morgan Freeman in one of the leading roles. Very appropriate. That would have b
Nov 22, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you look at the books I have read lately....(You will see that I am just catching up adding them) You will see I get in trends of reading books by the same author ...even though they are not sequels.

This book really caught your interest and held it till the end. It is a story about a woman who finds out her husband is not who she thought he was. He had a differnt face and a different name and was responsible for a horrible crime! This one has so many twist and turns in it...even in the last
Jan Mcclung-short
This is the absolutely best thriller I have read since I read Company Man. Joseph Finder has a way of the story not being resolved until the very last page. I found the story of Claire Heller Chapman who married the man of her dreams. Claire is a professor at Harvard and an attorney known for defending people for the principle of the law, not necessarily because they were innocent. Tom Chapman was compassionate and loving. Her daughter Annie loved him as if he was her daddy and not a step-daddy. ...more
Great story, but way too close to the plot of the movie, A Few Good Men. I also didn't like the banter Finder would insert to try to develop/illuminate the relationships between the characters - it was pretty cheesy and useless. Too many details left hanging at the end. And I never did figure out how an army deserter working at menial jobs for several years could have afforded extensive plastic surgery.
May 11, 2014 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book with a great ending!

Claire Chapman has it all! Great job - she is a lawyer with a recent big win! This starts off with a bang and never loses the drama. When Claire with her husband Tom are leaving from a dinner, the FBI stop them in the mall - to arrest Tom..But that's not his name. Tom makes a run for it and gets away.

Claire having no knowledge of what is going on and why the FBI are looking for Tom - starts diving into the case..Tom is accused of killing 87 men, women an
Karen Hufman
Mar 01, 2015 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire is a lawyer as well as an instructor at Harvard Law School. Her husband of 3 years is accused of a heinous crime which supposedly occurred 13 years ago while he was part of a top secret group within the American Military. The man who allegedly committed these crimes went under a different name as well as face. As a top notch lawyer and firm believer in her husband's innocence, she'll do everything in her power to exonerate him. I found her absolute belief in her husband innocence interest ...more
Marta Feilen
Oct 24, 2013 Marta Feilen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I was half way through this book before I realized that I actually saw the movie w/ Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman about 10 years ago. At that point, I remembered the ending, but I still read through to finish the book. A good mystery/thriller with many twists and turns. I recommend it!
Jun 23, 2012 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Finder thriller. I cannot believe I missed this book so many years ago! Now I wonder what others of his I missed.

This was clever and kept me guessing until the last page. Well done!
Feb 18, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High Crimes was another thriller by Joseph Finder. This time, sharp attorney Claire was suddenly thrust into defending her husband in a military trial for war crimes he allegedly committed twenty years before. I liked that this was similar to one of my favorite movies, A Few Good Men. Finder made the military tribunal process easy to understand and kept the story full of intensity.

When Claire's husband Tom, was suddenly surrounded by federal agents after a romantic dinner, he fled the scene. Th
Jun 04, 2016 Nat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. Good pace & interesting, keeps you guessing, and fun to be entertained while learning a bit about military law as opposed to regular law, and about a law professor's career. Enjoyed seeing how good defense & prosecuting lawyers can both prepare and think on their feet of how to respond to the other's statements & actions in court. Nice to see a strong & smart woman succeeding against & with men while still having a fairly down to earth life. Emotional development of ...more
Evelyn Fox
May 15, 2016 Evelyn Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was so hard to put down. It was written in the late 1990's. Claire is a criminal defense attorney. Her husband has been arrested for a military crime that he was supposed to have
committed several years before. When he is arrested, he called by another name that Claire has never heard. The story unfolds and we learn more about this horrible crime. Claire decides to defend her husband. What happens during the trial and the outcome is surprising. I won't spoil the ending.
Oct 11, 2009 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first began the book, it was really difficult to understand the story, due to the extremely advanced language in the book. However, by slowly reading, the facts and constant suprises in this thriller began to amaze me. In this supenseful novel, lawyer and mother Claire Hellen Chapman is living a romantic life with the supposed Tom Chapman. However, one night, her life is shattered when he is arrested and charged for murder and a case that claims he was part of a group of highly trained Sp ...more
Mal Warwick
Nov 05, 2011 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut thriller about Special Forces running amok in El Salvador in 1983

Most of the popular thrillers published in the U.S. tend to revolve around the CIA, the KGB, Nazis, or, these days, Al Qaeda. High Crimes is a notable exception, centering as it does on the neglected topic of U.S. military intervention in Central America under the Reagan Administration.

It’s 1996. Tom Chapman is a loving, family man who runs his own investment firm in Boston and lives with his adoring wife, Claire, better kno
Jan 30, 2013 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Joseph Finder is a true master writer- High Crimes is amazing!! As the reader - you start out in one setting as a family unit with Claire the attorney -teacher who just made a major slam dunk of getting a rapist off free. Then her world turns upside down fast- real fast !! She is out to dinner with her husband Tom and their young daughter Annie when everything changes. As they leave the restaurant and walking thru the mall they are met with FBI, saying "Mr Kubik, come with us, please . Let's mak ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder has yet to fail me as an author of fast passed , intriguing, real life thrillers! Once again, HIGH CRIMES, presents a situation that makes me shudder with possibilities of happenings that boggle the mind.

In this story, Harvard Law Professor, Clair Chapman, is called upon to defend the man who has been her husband for three years. She has known him as Tom Chapman, a great husband, and father to her 6 year old daughter, Annie. But the military has arrested him as Ron Kubik, a brutal
Oct 30, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder- High Crimes (Avon Books 2002) 4 Stars

Claire Heller Chapman, hotshot attorney, has her life shaken up one evening when FBI agents suddenly try to arrest her husband and he pulls moves she did not know he was capable of to escape. When they finally bring him in, she must defend him against charges only a maniac could be responsible for. Could it be that her husband is someone she doesn’t really know? Everything is at risk for her and someone unknown seems to be pulling the strings o
Dec 28, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Became a Finder fan after reading "Paranoia" so I'm making my way through his other novels. Just finished "High Crimes," then watched the movie the next day. Here is my assessment. Loved the opening scene in the book where Tom/Ron was pursued by the feds in a Mall. Would have been dynamic dramatized in the movie. Why was it left out? In the book, Claire had a child, by a previous marriage, who adored her step-dad. This added sympathy to the Tom/Ron character. In the movie, Claire is trying to ge ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire Heller teaches at Harvard's law school. She's married to a highly
successful broker, and life in Boston is opulent and good. Claire has
gained tremendous notoriety as the attorney who freed a convicted rapist on
a legal technicality.

On a memorable night when the little family is eating at a Boston
restaurant, law enforcement officials literally storm the place and attempt
to take Claire's husband away. He evades them initially, and while they are
looking for him, they fill Claire in on the fact
I listened to this book on audio. While I felt that there were some interesting plot twists, I felt this wasn't the best effort of the author. I've read several of his other books and found them tighter with regards to character and plot development. This one had quite a bit of extraneous conversation that was probably intended to develop characters a bit, but really was a distraction. During the climax of the court marshal, I felt like it was strikingly similar to the movie A Few Good Men.
Jan 04, 2016 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joseph-finder
Admittedly “High Crimes” by Joseph Finder contains some elements, here and there, that make it an exciting read at some point, but when you dig a little deeper and take the story as a whole, I found it all rather far-fetched. The story of a high profile lawyer, professor at Harvard, Claire Chapman, taking on the defense of her husband in a top secret court martial for his past crimes as an covert military operative might sound like a great plot – but it didn’t convince me.
The story moves along,
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harvard law professor successfully defends her husband against government charges that he brutally slaughtered 87 civilians in Central America some 15 years earlier -- only to learn that the entire trial was a farce designed to bring down his former commanding officer, now the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- and that her husband was not as innocent as he’d professed.
Aug 30, 2012 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fairly enjoyable legal thriller in light of the fact that I haven't previously read any of Finder's other novels. A female lawyer's life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested for multiple murders & she discovers that the man she thought she knew well is not the person she thought he was. But is he really guilty of the crimes? While portions of this story were somewhat predictable & it reminded me a lot of A Few Good Men, it was engaging enough to make me ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, crime, action
Thriller - Claire Heller Chapman is a Harvard Law professor and prominent defense attorney. Her husband, Tom, is arrested when his fingerprints are identified as belonging to Ron Kubik, an ex-soldier accused of murder. Claire leads the defense team as she struggles to prove that her husband was not present and is being set up by his ex-Commanding Officer.
Devilyn (Emily)
Mar 11, 2012 Devilyn (Emily) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Claire Heller Chapman is a rising celebrity at Harvard Law School. She has a loving husband and a cute 6 year old daughter. But things start to unravel when Tom is arrested and Claire is told that her husband, Tom Chapman, is really Ronald Kubik and the Pentagon want him for a massacre that took place 13 years ago, and cost 87 people their lives. Claire may only be a Harvard Law School celeb but she’s about to take on the Military and the Pentagon itself, both of which will stop at nothing to pu ...more
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Joseph Finder’s plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

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