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The Knowland Retribution (The Locator #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  701 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
With tainted meat the weapon and corporate greed the motive, this is a topical suspense-revenge thriller. Walter Sherman, aka The Locator, is a tracker who honed his skills in Vietnam. The colorful cast of characters includes a bartender with a mysterious past, an old black man who smokes likes a chimney, stuttering publicity shy NY Times obituary columnist Isobel, Souther ...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published December 2011 by Vantage Point (first published 2004)
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Apr 26, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always thought that Americans confuse justice with revenge. When they cry for justice, what they really want is revenge. That could be a theme of this book.

A firm in New York calculates the cost-benefit ratio of cleaning up a meat plant known to be contaminated with e-coli against possible deaths from eating the bad meat. Three of the 864 people killed happen to be the wife, daughter and grandchild of Leonard Martin, a very successful real estate lawyer in Atlanta.

Martin goes on the skid
Feb 04, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who are interested in reading this because it's the basis for the TV Show The Finder, don't expect it to be at all similar. The main character has the same name and lives in a tropical location and hangs out at a bar, but that's it for the similarities.

Now that's done, let's discuss the book. It's centered around Walter Sherman, an Vietnam vet who has a knack for finding people/things. He's been hired to find a person who's been killing people associated with a company who sold E. Coli
Feb 19, 2012 Damond rated it liked it
This is the first of the two books from which the new show "The Finder" is based. The book cannot be any more different from the show. In the show Walter is a guy in his thirties who finds anything, Isobel is a U.S. Marshal and Walter's girlfriend, and Leo is a former attorney who works at Walter's bar in Florida. In the book, Walter only finds people, lives on a Caribbean island and is called The Locator instead, Isobel is a woman who writes obits for the New York Times and is the person who fi ...more
Meredith Kaupp
I got this one because I heard that it was the basis for the TV show "The Finder." I was surprised at how little the show follows the book, but then I remembered that it's by the people who made "Bones" which follows the Kathy Reichs books by about 3%.

Anyway, I love the characters in the series, but they aren't as interesting or layered in the book. Overall, I like the show better, which is rare.

On its own, the story was very interesting. It makes you think about how far you would go in a simi
Jan 20, 2012 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Difficult to get into at first, but worth it. I admire authors who make readers work a bit to get it, it's much nicer than being slammed over the head with "meaning" and "Wow! Look what I did with words there!"
Their is new real mystery in the book, but the delight is in the full story slowly unfolding, while characters are developed more fully.
The new show, The Finder, is loosely based on these Walter Sherman books. I've enjoyed the show Bones, which was developed by the same people working on
Mar 02, 2015 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book because it was the basis for the short-lived TV show, The Finder. I enjoyed the somewhat cheesy TV show, so I wanted to give the book a chance. It was not exactly was I was expecting but was pretty good. I guess you would consider it a murder mystery, or a who-done-it, but it was not as suspenseful as most of the mysteries I like to read. Pretty predictable and had a slightly weak ending but I enjoyed the story and the writing.
Douglas Debner
Jun 14, 2017 Douglas Debner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to rate a book that is good but for idiosyncratic reasons is off-putting to you? Here corporate execs run the risk of thousands of deaths due to e coli infected beef because a recall would end a deal worth hundreds of millions. Now I never worked in such rarified air or with such callous people, but I did work as a lawyer for 20 years and I am familiar with the culture of American business and the story of the Knowland Retribution is uncomfortable accurate about that culture and government’s ...more
Jun 09, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

A great read. Quirky characters and a great story make this a book you don't want to end. There is only one more book in this series and I hope it is as good as this one.
Mar 01, 2017 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it because I watched the Finder series and I figured the book must be good too. It was an exciting read, but I thought the female characters lacked something.
An Odd1
Jun 05, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, mystery, xrate
"The Knowland Retribution" (The Locator, #1) by Richard Greener is the payback three years after Texas Knowland & Sons packing plant sends E.Coli contaminated ground meat across Southern U.S. "left 864 dead and thousands more sickened" p133 (no count of permanent disabilities), three generations of lawyer Leonard Martin's family painfully dead. Dr Ganga Roy "lovely Indian" p79 spends 12 boring and harrowing SARS-like symptomatic pages advising corporate bigwigs that their hypothetical circum ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Sebastien rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: personne
Comment décrire ce livre. Pour faire simple je dirai que c'est un déception totale, une vraie fraude de la critique sur internet et surtout que je comprend pourquoi l'auteur, à part pour ses problème de santé, ne s'est jamais permis d'écrire plus que 2 livres dans cette série.

Pourquoi j'ai eu idée de lire ce livre, c'est simple c'est l'histoire qui a inspiré un des meilleur épisodes de Bone "The Finder". Les producteur ont même produit une série à son propre nom après cette épisode. Voyant que l
Well... Walter Sherman...

Most people who haven't heard of the Locator series found it from the new Fox Drama "The Finder" I won't lie, after watching the first episode on Bones where it was a cross over, I had put The Knowland Retribution on my books to watch out for category, just a few weeks ago, I managed to find a copy at my local 2nd hand bookstore.

I came into this book at page 1 with high hopes.

By about page 13 I had already sat the book down 3 or 4 different times thinking about just th
I downloaded this book in February of 2012, after watching a couple of the Bones t.v. shows featuring this Walter Sherman,"Finder," character. The character and premise was cute and humorous, so I figured I'd give the books a try. But then the character got a spinoff show, and the few episodes I watched really didn't do it for me (too cute; too humorous), and I forgot about the book.

But the other day, while I told myself that I had to get through my current Audible library before I could downloa
Jun 04, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most well written books I have ever read. The plot kept you guessing at every turn. Every sentence, paragraph, scene and chapter was thoroughly planned and prepared by the author to create a suspenseful masterpiece with some truly wonderful and colourful characters. I would personally recommend this book to absolutely everyone and it would not surprise me to see this as a required text in schools and colleges in the future.

Edit: Reading other reviews of this work, it is obvious that m
Mar 02, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I discovered this book through a not so obscure reference on a rerun of the show "BONES." On this show, Walter Sherman, introduced as a past acquaintance of Seeley, was a man with a gift for finding things and people, lost or missing. Intrigued by the credits at the end of the show which stated that the Sherman character was based on "The Locator" series by Richard Greener, I went in search of the "real" Walter Sherman and found him in the first book of this "series" entitled the THE KNOWLAND RE ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book until the end. It is a bit tedious in the beginning as there are a lot of characters that are introduced and a lot of scenarios going on. However, once you get past the history and scenarios all merge together it gets very good and I couldn't put it down. The end was a bit disappointing, I wasn't sure where the ending would end up and had no preconceived notions as how I would have liked it to end. So, almost anything would have been good in my opinion. However, in the ...more
Apr 22, 2011 AJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, own, fiction
A few weeks ago the television show did a sort of back door pilot to a new show (that may or may not be in production). I really liked it and thought "Man, if they make that show, I will definitely watch it!" Anyway, I did some research and found out it was based on a couple of books about a guy who locates things for a living. Thus, the name of the series "The Locator Series". Anyway, this is the first book in the series so I thought I would read it.

It was not bad, and it has an interesting pre
Apr 08, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is the inspiration for TV's "The Finder". The book's Walter Sherman is less paranoid, older, and has different friends. He still hangs out in a bar, but is just as adept at finding people. He lives on an island in a very nice house on the ocean and has a very adequate income. He has lots of very grateful former clients who are quite willing to give him a hand in his investigations whenever he asks.

In this book, he is on the trail of a serial killer who is extracting "justice" on the person
Jan 29, 2012 Stewart rated it liked it
Given my long(ish) term love affair with Kathy Reichs and her Bones books, and my new passion for Tess Gerritsen and her Rizzoli and Isles series, I thought I'd give the books that were the impetus for The Finder a chance.

Unlike any "mystery" book I've read, I quite enjoyed a different approach to "the" format. This mystery doesn't hold back the killer's identity for a big reveal near the end, you know who is choosing to assasinate the people responsible for several deathes due to e. coli infest
Aug 17, 2015 Terra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the those books I heard about from a TV show's credits. "The Finder" was on for only one season but I loved it! I had to read the book to experience more since the show was cancelled. This book was well developed story and reminded me of Pelican Brief but not. I was a bit disappointed in Walter (MC). I thought he was going to be more colorful, instead he was a lot less charismatic than the Walter on the TV show. Although, the end he was awesome where it counted. I did my best not ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The basis for Fox's cancelled-after-one-season TV show "The Finder", Richard Greener's "The Knowland Retribution" tells the story of Walter, the Locator, who can find anyone or anything. A trio of executives come to see Walter and beg him to take their case--finding a man who is hunting down the people responsible for deaths in his family. The story has a complicated backstory, and yet manages to stay well-paced. The characters are nicely developed, though I liked "The Finder"'s take on them bet ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Despite the fact that it took me quite some time to finish this book (mostly because I keep forgetting that I have books on my tablet), I thoroughly loved this book. As I am used to reading books adapted to movies and / or TV, I did not expect book Walter to be the same as TV Walter, which he isn't.

There are two reasons I didn't give this book five stars. The first is that the book jumps back and forwards in the timeline, especially in the beginning, which made for a slightly confusing read befo
Mia Mccroskey
When theTV series was cancelled after one season, ending in a cliffhanger, I sought out the source material. Reviews warned me that there weren't many similarities, but I dove in anyway. Reviews we right -- the main character and all his compatriots are so different there's no solace to be taken here for the kiss if the show.

In its own, the book crosses Nelson DeMille with any of the various Florida mystery writers (e.g., Randy Wayne White) with a dash of Stewart Woods or maybe Clive Cussler. I
Gina Mora
May 04, 2015 Gina Mora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book. It's definitely a slow burn. Each chapter has it's own narrator. You get invested in each and every character--the good guys and the bad guys. There is no "one-side" to anyone. Everyone has motives, wishes, hopes, dreams, and goals. Goals are really the interesting thing in this book. Goals of companies, goals of revenge, goals of love. There are targets everywhere and you have to keep track of which target is important. It keeps it interesting. He does some of the be ...more
Jay DeVine
Saw this character on a recent episode of 'Bones' and decided to read the books. I assume a pilot/spin-off is on the way. Note: the book character is very different from the "tv" character.

This book started slowly, with a lot of back story on everyone and evrything. But, once that was out the way, the book was a pretty good read.

The plot was nicely developed, with lots of interesting twists and a good general layout. The characters were pretty fleshed out, with some good substance.

Looking forwa
I'd heard about this book from a review of the Bones episode, featuring the character of Walter Sherman.
Obviously, the details of the character have changed to make Sherman younger and more handsome, but the basic gist of a man who can find anything remains.

It's not a deep book, but it does a nice job looking at the problems with the beef industry and its dangers. Like Fast Food Nation, you're going to learn more about the way factories cut up your meat and why you're at risk.
It's a page turn
Apr 15, 2012 Aspasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Mueller
Basis for the TV show "The Finder." Contains the funniest dedication I have ever seen. With that being said the book and the TV show are nothing alike. On the TV shoe Walter Sherman is an Iraqi war vet with an unusual brain injury that helps him "find" lost things or people. The Walter Sherman in the book uses a combination of intuition, logic, and Sherlock Holmes-type detective skills to find things or people. The TV show is quirky and fun; the book is a hard-to-put down mystery and detective s ...more
Victoria Durm
I will admit, I was drawn to this bok because of the connection it had to the Fox series, The Finder. I was very disappointed. I knew it was going to be different, but the writing itself was what pulled me out of the story. It was boring, and it dragged on for pages. For it being the first book in the "The Locator" series, the author didn't seem to spend a lot of time on the titular character, Walter Sherman.

At keast I can say I can tried it, right? It wasnt for me, but die hard mystery fans ma
May 13, 2012 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I decided to read this book because I loved "The Finder" on FOX, but having read other books because of the TV adaptation, I wasn't expecting it to mirror the show exactly. There were some similarities in the plot though and you could almost consider this as the prequel of how Walter and Leo met. TV stuff aside, this was well-written, and while much of it isn't a secret -- you know what all of the players are up to -- the full scenario unfolds but keeps you in suspense at the same time. There's ...more
Robert Fleming
Like many other people I started this book due to watching "The Finder" T.V. show. Compared to the show it is very different, there is none of the humour and the characters are not the same or missing.

Once I got over the differences I really started to enjoy the book. It's a great thriller that keeps you guessing with the lead character rarely appearing. It manages to make the villain seem sympathetic and all most a anti-hero.

It is a good thriller but don't be expecting the T.V. show.
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