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The Insider by Reece Hirsch
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Sep 06, 11

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Read from August 30 to September 05, 2011

***I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Contest***

It has been quite a long time since I've read a crime/legal thriller. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the fast-paced plots and twists that take a reader in an unexpected direction. I found myself devouring page after page of Hirsch's novel, despite knowing early on how the main character was being played. The pace at which his life spun completely out of control was honestly breath-stealing. I found myself wondering how on earth someone's life could be so irrevocably disrupted and kept thinking that it happens all the time. Well, okay, maybe not quite to the extent of this novel, but upheaval happens all the time! I kept questioning why he didn't just contact a lawyer and deal with things as best as he could--it's what I would do, after all! This running dialogue in my head really astounded me when I realized I read the second half of the book in one night!

I know Hirsch's novel has been compared to John Grisham, and, to be honest, that's the same comparison I was making as Grisham's was the last legal thriller I had read (many years ago). The comparison was not distracting, though; in fact, as I remember liking Grisham's novels very much, this comparison enhanced my enjoyment of Hirsch's novel. In the style of The Bourne Identity, I could see this book translated into major motion picture with ease and great profit.
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Reece Hirsch
“I want to stop becoming something & start being something.”
Reece Hirsch, The Insider

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