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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
Paperback, 416 pages
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
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Thuraya
Apr 02, 2011 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
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.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Therese Plummer.
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
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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
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Jim
Feb 09, 2017 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Another first rate thriller from author Joseph Finder, "High Crimes", features a battle by a high profile Harvard professor against the US. Army. Professor Claire Chapman Heller is a no nonsense and extremely successful appellate lawyer who's world is about to be turned upside down. Tom Heller, Claire's husband of three years is a highly successful investment manager who is possibly also hiding a dark secret. One late night while shopping at a local mall federal agents stop Claire and Tom. Tom i ...more
Deyth Banger
Feb 04, 2017 Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-fan
Notes:

"And he and they and those are here... the old days... the old school... laugh and laughen... and the high risen crimes."

"Now...now... now... is the time... Joseph should prepare the scene for the killer to come... the victims to be ready..."

- If something can show this book is the truth, if something can show this author - Finder that's how the world in real so twisty.

"Now he whom walks behind the rows... should make at least one character busy, you remember the old days... the old thos
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Mel Ann
Dec 27, 2016 Mel Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't sure where this book was going. There were so many unexpected surprises and the intensity blew me away. This was my 1st time reading a Joseph Finder book and I can see myself reading many more.
Darlene
Mar 17, 2012 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
alice Tileston
Dec 18, 2016 alice Tileston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Claire takes on military court system to defend her husband from charges he swears is false. many different witnesses have different stories to tell.
you must read to find out the truth...
Kent
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
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Cindy
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
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Cornmaven
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.
Susan
Jan 12, 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!
Marta Feilen
Apr 11, 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!
JoAnn/QuAppelle
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!
Andrew Langert
Mar 19, 2017 Andrew Langert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2017
This is one of my very favorite authors and this 1998 novel is one of his best. It is the 7th Joseph Finder book I've read.
This is about a Harvard law professor (Claire Heller Chapman) who also does criminal defense work. The person she is defending in High Crimes is her husband, who stands accused of war crimes that he swears he is innocent of.
The plot is terrific, realistic and loaded with twists and turns. There are just a few characters and you really get to know them all pretty well. That
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Joke Van Zeele
May 20, 2017 Joke Van Zeele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wij Nederlanders zouden zeggen: RETESPANNEND, maar hoe vertaal je dat?
It is 10.42 pm and I just finished High Crimes...started reading on one third of the book and finished it in one session (except for a bite in between). The question was...did he do it or not...is love blind or not...can she pull it off or not. If you want the answers to all these questions; I invite you to read this thriller and you will not regret it!
Dan
Jan 21, 2017 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, this book was a little dated when I got to reading it but it's not a 'time' issue that kept its score down. Although the first 50 or so pages (I assume; I heard the audiobook) had me hooked, the story went on to be a mediocre legal thriller. The cross examinations were lame and the dialogues just seemed to be 'half-hearted'.

Not a bad book, just not one of the best of the genre and a mile apart from Finder's newer material.
Josh
May 13, 2017 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay book. A bit disjointed, I didn't care too much for the characters or the plot. It had better potential, but just didn't come together. Part military intrigue, part legal drama. The ending was very rushed, and lacking. Not one of Finder's better books, but an acceptable beach read.
Joanne
Jun 07, 2017 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finder-joseph
Well, all I can say is that this one is one of Finder's best. Twists and turns everywhere. Will keep you on the edge of your seat; or, in my case, will not let you stop until you finish. And, a doubly surprise at the ending. Do not miss this one.
Karen
May 16, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful audiobook
Walt
May 30, 2017 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High Crimes was an excellent read. I would have given a rating of 5 stars, but I needed a little more creativity at the end of the book. Overall I would recommend.
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
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Dana
Jan 15, 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
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Nolan
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
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Tony
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
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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
Ronna
Feb 15, 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
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Jeanne
Aug 01, 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
Natalia
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
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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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