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Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's be ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 16th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Ο Τζέισον Στέντμαν είναι διευθυντής πωλήσεων στην Εντρόνικς, μια μεγάλη εταιρεία ηλεκτρονικών συσκευών με έδρα τη Βοστόνη. Είναι παντρεμένος με μια γυναίκα ξεπεσμένης αριστοκρατικής οικογένειας αλλά με λαμπρό και διαυγές μυαλό, όμως ως εργαζόμενος δε διεκδικεί μια καλύτερη θέση μέσα στην εταιρεία. Όλα αυτά αλλάζουν όταν μια μέρα, μετά από ένα μικρό τροχαίο, γνωρίζει τον Κερτ Σέμκο, που έρχεται με τον γερανό του να πάει το αμάξι στο κοντινότερο συνεργείο. Η γνωριμία αυτή θα είναι μοιραία για τη ζ ...more
Mariana
O livro tem algumas partes previsíveis, o que acabava por fazer com que não me surpreendesse tanto com certas coisas que iam acontecendo.
Estava à espera de mais qualquer coisa.
Simon Cleveland
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ever since Paranoia, Mr. Finder's work has been getting progressively worse.
Paranoia was a niche, new and exciting. The prospective of corporate espionage, high-tech spying, survival of the most devious, it was a great concept, an exciting new story (as I read it I could almost smell the movie popcorn, the upcoming blockbuster). But then came Company Man, with its disappointing tale and unbelievable characters. And now - Killer Instinct.

What happened, Mr. Finder? Commercialization got in the w
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David
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is really hard for me to give a book FIVE stars. This one worked for me on so many levels and the twist at the end was something I should have seen coming, am kicking myself for not seeing, but I love it when I miss something like that.

The story is about a salesman who is not getting ahead. He has tried to climb the corporate ladder, is approaching middle age and still isn't seeing any solid success in his life. He meets a tow truck driver and the two have an instant connection that leads to
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Deb
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
The thrills in this book build slowly but then explode with a bang, just like the friendship between Jason and Kurt. Kurt helps Jason out when his car needs a tow and Jason takes note that Kurt, with his army special forces training, seems to have the kind of athletic prowess and assertive personality that Jason is lacking but could really use. Jason is a businessman for an electronics company and as he gets to know Kurt he finds that several of Kurt's special forces skills could be useful to hi ...more
Marius van Blerck
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
A readable corporate thriller about a sales exec who makes a new friend in Kurt (ex Special Forces), who turns out to have rather interesting and problematic ideas about friendship. Mixed in with this is the highly-charged corporate sales environment (complete with ludicrous self-help programs), scheming rivals, an ambituous wife and machinations from the corporate suite. Shades of Macbeth. The audiobook was very well read by the excellent Scott Brick, to whom I would listen even if he was recit ...more
Jim
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Jason Steadman, the protagonist in author Joseph Finder's, "Killer Instinct", is an electronics salesman and expert for a company in Boston called "Entronics". Married to Kate, Jason's career to date has been somewhat mediocre. The boss "Gordy" doesn't think much of Jason because he sees the fair haired guy Trevor Allard as the top dog. Gordy is a throw back boss in the business world because he believes the more pressure, and intimidation he can apply to his workers the more they'll produce/ se ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
FINDER DOES IT AGAIN -- WHAT ELSE IS NEW??

I've come to the conclusion that the very best time to review a Finder book is as soon as you've finished the very last page. At that time, you're so wound up that to wait a day or two before penning your thoughts would be doing the book an injustice. So with that thought in mind, I've just completed my 4th book by this amazing author and am, once again, ready to sing its praises.

How does he do it? Every single book is a page turner and every single boo
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Judie
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Jason Steadman is very content being a successful sales executive for an electronics company. His wife Kate, however, thinks he can be more successful (i.e., make more money so they could get a nicer house, etc.) if he had a higher ranking, more prestigious position in the company. He didn’t think he had the killer instinct necessary to make it in the upper echelons. They were also working with a fertility doctor to help Kate get pregnant and carry to term.
Driving home from work one day, Jason
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Jane Stewart
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Well done characters and story. Behind the scenes in the corporate world using war tactics.

Not many stories are set within corporations. The author makes it interesting. His research is talking to corporate guys.

The first half of the book was fascinating. Jason is a salesman of plasma tv screens. He sells to corporations like auto dealers (for their waiting rooms) and airports. Jason meets Kurt. They become friends. Kurt was in the army. Kurt talks about war, the enemy, getting intel. And then K
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David
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, audiobooks
Joseph Finder is one of my favorite thriller writers who, along with Greg Iles, manage to be much less well known than some of their peers in spite of usually spending some time on NY Times bestseller lists. This is the third book in a row (Paranoia, Company Man) where Finder has found his niche, and that is of thrillers within corporations.

While I actually prefer the style protagonist you'd find in a David Morrell novel (well-trained and super-equipped), a kind found in Finder's earlier novels,
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Stephen Tremp
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
My favorites of the three Joseph Finder books I’ve read. All around nice guy Jason Steadman is a mid-level salesman who needs to do something to make it to the next level with his company. After crashing his car, he is befriended by tow truck driver and former special forces Kurt Semko. Steadman is able to get Semko a job in security with his firm. Soon, Steadman finds he is suddenly rising the corporate ladder due to misfortunes of other employees. Steadman soon realizes it is Semko who is behi ...more
Jamie
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3 and a half stars. Still not quite as good as Company Man. A good story about a corporate guy befriended by a tow truck driver after an accident. One of those guys that takes being friends seriously; maybe too seriously. A ex-special forces type, very loyal, but expects the same in return. A very capable fellow. As Kurt says: a great friend, but you don't want me as an enemy. The problem with Jason's new buddy is he's a little mentally unstable when it comes to a friend not fulfilling the level ...more
Bob
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A salesman, Jason Steadman, for a high tech electronics company is under pressure from work to make big sales and from home where he and his wife are trying for a baby. When he runs off the road while distracted and gets towed on by a rather rough looking tow truck driver and an almost pro baseball player he invites him to be a ringer on the company softball team. The game turned out to be a winner and the Jason gets the driver a job with his company in the security office despite a dishonorable ...more
Jorge Castanos
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5

Killer Instinct se publicó en el 2006 y ganó dicho premio en el 2007. Debutó en el lugar número 13 en la lista de Bestsellers de The New York Times compitiendo con novelas como The Da Vinci Code.

Es una novela de amistades peligrosas, ambición y el precio del éxito.

Joseph Finder sabe tejer una historia intrigante de principio a fin. Desde la presentación de personajes hasta los diálogos y la sucesión de eventos que desencadenan un desenlace que te mantendrá al borde de tu asiento.

Killer In
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Bookmarks Magazine

Both Paranoia (2003) and Company Man (2005) captured the power plays implicit in the business world and put Joseph Finder at the top of the corporate thriller game. Killer Instinct doesn't disappoint. Finder, who convincingly portrays how salesmen close the deal in a cutthroat environment, focuses on character development: Steadman's wife, for example, is no Lady Macbeth but an empathetic character. Although the plot never suffers, a few reviewers called it more predictable and less intricately

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Brian Leclair
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I've ever given out a five-star rating before (and I still can't say the book was "perfect") but this one just seemed better than a four-star rating.

This was a really good read -- and one that I really raced through. I more or less stumbled onto this book at a used book sale, and was intrigued by the reference to softball in the novel's synopsis. But, it was definitely more than just a curiosity.

The subject seemed topical -- and although there wasn't really a surprise in what h
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Tiffunee
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, competitors to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

Killer Instinct is a tension-filled psychological thriller. This is one of only a hand full of books I could not
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Lisa
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Joseph Finder has done it again. He is a master at suspense and building a story at just the right speed leading up to a very satisfying ending. I kept putting the book down, thinking this is so stressful, I can't read another word or I'll explode, only to have to pick it up five minutes later because I HAD to find out what happened next. I really wish I could give half stars, this book easily earning 4 1/2.

Whoa!
Rick F.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ.The lead character is both real and witty- and Kurt Semko is one of the best written villians ever. There are a host of supporting characters who are also picture perfect. I did not want this book to end!!!!!!!
Bob Connell
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A new favorite author. There was a couple of things I didn't like about this book but for the most part I would give it 4.5 stars.
Jessica
Mar 04, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Really. You wouldn't think something called Killer Instinct would be so boring!
Chris
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting novel that brings you inside the corporate business world and what one man would do to get to the top. Jason is a great salesman, but can't seem to move up the ladder in his high tech business until he meets a special friend, Kurt, an ex-military special agent. Strange things start happening around the office that help Jason move up the hierarchy in the company. At first everything that occurs seem not to be related, but as more issues arise, Jason starts putting two ...more
Andrew Langert
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Finder has become one of my favorite authors since I latched onto him about one year ago. He is expert at capturing a corporate culture and creating a fast-moving thriller in a credible business environment.

Killer Instinct is not a blood-and-guts thriller as the title might suggest. It is the tale of a salesman for a large electronics company who is in need of developing a killer instinct to climb the corporate ladder. In this book, he is aided by an ex-army Special Forces guy who he firs
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Ben
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is likely the most enjoyable book I've read in a while. Jason Steadman, the protagonist, is a likable guy, if sometimes a little too foolish for his own good, while Kurt makes for a fantastically evil villain. His wife is a bit of a shrew early on, but Finders must have realized that because her demeanor chages to supporting wife a quarter of the way through the book.

It's highlighted by a nice chase sequence through an office building, and a nail-biting scene in an elevator.

I recommend thi
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Joke Van Zeele
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reserved this book at the library. When I fetched it, I realised I already had read it. So I reread it with extra attention and interest.
I have a soft spot for Jase...in fact it is more like a BRUISE (!). He is a character with a lot of self-mockery, understanding, patience and a sharp insight into human characters! It is not a punishment to walk with him on his road to success and personal highlights. You sympathizes with his setbacks and would like to help him ...but...he has to do it all by
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Ronald Howell
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I slow start, but pretty good.
Karen
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great tension. Good audiobook
David Baker
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5
A well-structured, entertaining page-turner.
I'll certainly read more from this author.
Dav
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mostly well written. Disbelief that Jason could rise so high, so fast even with Kurt's help.

JASON STEADMAN -- electronics sales exec, a nice guy but lacking that " killer instinct" needed to climb the corporate ladder.

KURT SEMKO -- ex-special forcces, just home from Iraq & looking for work. Jason sets him up with a job in corporate security. Soon things are going well for Jason & bad for his rivals. Kurt, in gratitude to Jason has been doing favors to boost Jason's success. Jason finds o
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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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