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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  6,061 Ratings  ·  625 Reviews

By the New York Times bestselling author of High Crimes, Paranoia is a Grisham-esque thriller set in a post-boom 21st century economy. With his personal life in decay, a late twenty-something gets caught in one stupid act that spirals out of control, threatening to ruin the lives of thousands.

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation wh

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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ConstantReader Paul O'Neill
A fantastic read by the master of suspense.

The story follows a coasting through life, Adam Cassidy who pulls a stunt at his work and expects to get fired for it. Instead, he gets pulled into a world of corporate espionage and is forced to become a puppet.

In all of Finder’s books that I’ve read, he always puts his characters in situations where they very nearly (or actually) get caught. The way he does this creates suspense like no one else I’ve read.

One of my favourite scenes is when Adam spe
Robert Beveridge
Joseph Finder, Paranoia (St. Martin's, 2004)

Joseph Finder (High Crimes, recently made into a movie)'s fifth novel is something different. Something new. From the looks of things, Finder wanted to take aspects of literature-and I'm not talking your basic modern 20th century "literary" novel here, I'm talking lit-rat-chaw-and apply it to the technothriller. Certainly as risky as anything his protagonist, Adam Cassidy, comes up with during the novel. And how does he succeed? Very well, thank you, f
Armin Hennig
Dan Brown war gestern, jubelt ein Rezensent auf der Rückseite. Im Vergleich zu den kunsthistorischen Schnitzeljagden mit einem psychopathischen Serienmörder im Rückspiegel ist der Goldjunge ein erfrischend freches Werksspionagegaunerstück mit witzigen Karikaturen der Wirtschaftsleute und ihrer Wichtigtuerei.
Ein unbedarfter Nichtsnutz mit einem massiven Vaterkomplex wird in die Rolle des Industriespions gepresst und macht seine Sache überraschend gut, auch wenn die Hürden immer höher werden, pass
Matt Howard
Jul 20, 2009 Matt Howard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reader reviews of this work tend to emphasize the twist ending and the suspense. I wish there were a rating lower than one star. This is the tale of a pathetic, amoral, loser who finds himself blackmailed by his company's CEO after embezzling from the company to pay for a friend's retirement party. It is poorly written, filled with unbelievable happenstance, wooden characters, and the ending is predictable ten pages after the protagonist goes to work for his employer's main competitor where he i ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Yngvild rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Cliché-ridden potboiler, full of dated technical jargon and (I kid you not) “babe magnets”. If you are old enough to remember the days when LexisNexis was the cutting-edge search engine, or were any part of the twentieth-century internet bubble with its ludicrous "How To Succeed" business books, you might find yourself engulfed by waves of nostalgia - or nausea.

According to his biography on Goodreads, the author "graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and later taught on the Harvard facul
Aug 11, 2007 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tightly constructed plot, but little else going for it. I'll admit that halfway through, the book hooked me and I couldn't put it down, but it reads like a cheap Hollywood thriller - no character development, half-realized characters, and stilted dialogue. The ending in particular is easy to see coming, and then the book just stops, allowing little resolution. What resolution is there is undercut by the main character acting out of what little character you've managed to divine. A fine summer re ...more
William Ramsay
Jul 15, 2009 William Ramsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it was free. It's not often you get a free book. I read all my books on an Amazon Kindle and for some reason or other they've begun offering free books. I had never heard of the writer or the book, but I gave it a shot anyway. It turns out it was a terrific page turner. It concerns one Adam Cassidy whose a total slacker at a high tech electronics company. He screws up in such a way the company threatens him with jail. But he' such a good BS artist they blackmail him into beco ...more
Evangelos Sotiris
Το κλασικό εύπεπτο αμερικάνικο βιβλίο/σενάριο. Μια γενιά συγγραφέων από το ίδιο καλούπι. Η παρομοίωση του συγγραφέα για έναν μυώδη άνδρα που "έμοιαζε με καφετί προφυλακτικό παραγεμισμένο με καρύδια" θα μου μείνει αξέχαστη.
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Justine Wach
Dec 08, 2014 Justine Wach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading the book.

The beginning of the story however, is not interesting at all. I have lost my interest just because of that.

The ending is not satisfying. I am not the person who could deal with that kind of ending.

The blind spot for those two certainly withdraw a star.
Jul 20, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
My first sitting reading, "Paranoia", from author Joseph Finder was to my shock 90 minutes, and almost 125 pages ! Incredibly hard to put down, I read the book in just over 24 hours. At 450 suspense filled pages, "Paranoia", just seemed to fly along at an amazingly high octane pace. Protagonist Adam Cassidy of "Wyatt Telecom" was woefully stuck in an unchallenging job that left him bored to tears. So when a popular loading dock foreman was on his last Friday on the job, Cassidy at the company's ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder’s Paranoia is not just a fun corporate thriller out of the author’s wildest imagination. It is a story that has uncanny resemblance to the operation, set-up, corporate culture and technologies of the Fortune 500 workplace, Cisco Sytems. The names are altered poorly for the trained eye. I heard through the rumor mill that Finder spent much time on campus learning and observing the ways of Cisco – and while the book is now dated, as much has changed in the last few years, some of us ...more
For me, this book seemed somewhat average. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I got enjoyment from it, and it was easy to read, but it didn’t hold anything special for me. I find that some thrillers have a pattern that doesn’t really appeal to me – the pattern of a main character who ends up in trouble as a result of bad decisions, then ends up in worse trouble as a result of more bad decisions, and so forth. This definitely isn’t the case with all thrillers, but it does seem to be a commonly-u ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora," and report back to Wyatt.

With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and eve
Jan 18, 2009 Noel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paranoia was a fun thriller to read. It afforded me many laughs at my own expense, as a Product Manager in a high-tech company. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of depth in the plot - Finder sets you up for a plot twist, and the twist just isn't that great. There doesn't seem to be much depth of character either; I found it impossible to sympathize with the protagonist simply because there seemed to be very little explanation behind his continual poor decisions. It seems like Finder conceive ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Shani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Jan 09, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
PARANOIA is a corporate thriller, filled with tense action, intrigue and colorful characters. A ne'er-do-well corporate flunky finds himself thrust into industrial espionage to escape an embezzlement charge and finds that once you're in, there is no easy way out. Finder hits all the right notes with his examination of corporate politics and the mystery is first-rate, right down to the twisty ending that few will see coming.
Had all the depth of a made for network television movie.
Palak Mathur
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After Whiteout, I had my hands on Paranoia by Joseph Finder. It is a new degree of novel, which has touched the subject of espionage in the corporate world. Joseph has given me an opportunity to read the second gripping and fantastically written novel. An intriguing novel and a product of great imagination that keeps you engaged until the very end.

The frustrated, unsatisfied and a disgruntled employee of Wyatt Telecom, Adam Cassady h
Joyce Lagow
Adam Cassidy, a young man without ambition, is a low-level employee in the marketing division of Wyatt Telecommunications. Caught using company funds to throw a retirement party for a dockside worker, Nick Wyatt, ruthless head of the company gives Adam a choice--Federal prison or penetrate Trion, Wyatt s biggest competitor, as a corporate spy and ferret information on AURORA, a top-secret project that Wyatt fears will be a death knell for his company. Adam reluctantly agrees.[return]What follows ...more
Stephen Tremp
The story begins with Adam Cassidy, a low level employee at Wyatt Telecom, diverting funds from his employer’s slush fund to pay for a friend’s retirement party. He fully expects to be caught and fired for his acts. Yet instead of termination he is charged with trumped up allegations of embezzlement and threatened with legal action that can land him in jail for quite some time. The company’s cruel and manipulative founder offers him an alternative, go to work for their competitor Trion Systems, ...more
Jun 28, 2009 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder- Paranoia (Audio Book-Unabridged) (St. Martin’s 2004) 3.5 Stars

Adam Cassidy hates his job and he bends the rules for a friend. To avoid jail he becomes a cooperate spy for his boss, getting information from Trion. At Trion he becomes a hotshot and flies up the ranks quickly. Suddenly he finds himself in over his head and discovers that everything may not be as it seems.
Paranoia has a great plot that catches your attention and there are several good twists. Although the ending was
Jul 15, 2009 Don rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hey budding authors! Do you want to read a book that has pages of cliches, popular names, products, chilling and scintillating narrative such as "He sounded like he'd just found a turd in his Cracker Jack box" [K 7865:] or "She was wearing a Fred Perry shirt and she had...bodacious ta-tas" [K 2550:]

Ok, this tops it - the single worst book I have read in over 25 years. How a publisher let this book through is a complete and total disgrace to the writer's community. I wanted to give it 0 stars but
Laura Belgrave
Aug 09, 2009 Laura Belgrave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-version
Meet Adam Cassidy. He works at a fairly low-level job for a high-tech company with deep pockets. It's a big company and Adam believes he'll escape notice when he diverts some company funds into a party for a co-worker. He's mistaken, of course, and the mistake pitches him into the role of a corporate spy in a rival company. Adam isn't keen on fulfilling that role, but his alternative is prosecution and jail time. He does his employer's bidding, and from there the story takes off.

It's a cleverly
Sep 26, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
I gave this book 4 stars because I enjoyed it, it was relatively fast-paced, and it was free on my Kindle.

I don't say this is any great work of literature. In fact, it reads like a not-quite edited version that managed to sneak out. The pacing was completely weird - there were parts of the book that seemed to drag on and on, but then some parts ended quite suddenly. I was pretty disappointed in the ending; I didn't really like what happened and the last plot twist seemed pretty obvious.

This was
Oct 06, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finder did a great job writing about high-tech companies in general, although I don't know about intrigue at the level he writes about in the book.

To give a general plot summary with as few spoilers as possible, the main character, Adam Cassidy, does a Bad Thing at his job with Company A. CEO at Company A decides to turn him loose as a corporate spy at Company B, which is the main competitor to Company A. Cassidy is to report back with anything and everything he finds.

Due to the feedback from Co
Aug 10, 2011 Lizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on the clearance table at Barnes & Noble. It's blue and black cover, along with the title, drew me right to it--like it was made for me. It was marked at $6, and that just sealed the deal. I read it, I loved it, and I immediately started reading all of Joseph Finder's stuff. I have gotten so many incredible deals on his books (new)--I think one was $1.50, one was $3... I don't even remember. Which, I have mixed feelings about that, because they're way better than their pric ...more
Rick Ludwig
This is my first time reading a work by Joe FInder and I will definitely be reading more. His anti-hero main character is a pistol and he made what could have been a dry journey through corporate espionage a very entertaining adventure. There were a couple of places where I had to work a little to suspend disbelief, but it wasn't too difficult. I also enjoyed the one twist at the end, which was well concealed. My only criticism is that the first two thirds of the book was far less predictable th ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book, a nice change of pace - full of business espionage & tensions but.... personally I could've done without the plethora of expletives. Though I suppose they're are a little more evident with the audio version, with a paperback you could skim them a little more perhaps.

Lots of tech-y jargon too, though I think they explain most of it pretty well for those who don't already know what it all is. Dates itself a little bit by mentioning the Nintendo Gamecube as being the curr
Jul 14, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enormous fun; a thriller that was actually . . . thrilling, and had some surprises. Well, toward the end I have to say I figured most of it out, but until then, he had me going, and even so, he had me going. A perfect beach book though I read it at home, and once I started to read, it was hard to put down. A far better summer book than Commencement, which was fun and had its good, feminist parts, but is totally amateurish in comparison (but then, that author only works for the NYT; Jose ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
Finder's style initially put me off. His style is distinct from other writers in this genre. I would say quirky and off-beat. A dark thread of humor runs through his work. Paranoia was my first exposure to Finder. About 100 pages in, I nearly stopped for good. But, I persisted and am glad I did. I began to catch up to his style and, by the end of the book, was in sync with him. I was motivated to read some of his other work - and will continue to read him. This is the story of an office worker w ...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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