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High Crimes

Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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Claire Heller Chapman, a Harvard Law School professor and a high-powered attorney, has just attained a national reputation for her work on several high-profile cases. Her second husband, Tom Chapman, is a successful moneymanager who adores Claire and her six-year-old daughter. They live in a beautiful house and lead a glamorous and happy life.

Then a random burglary turns their world upside down. A routine police investigation reveals that Tom is not who he says he is. He never attended the college he said he did. He once had a different name. He once was, Claire learns, a secret operative for the U.S. government.

When he is suddenly arrested and put on trial for a crime he insists he didn't commit - an unspeakable atrocity carried out 13 years ago - she puts her reputation on the line to defend him. The case is tried in a top-secret court-martial conducted by the Pentagon, in which all the evidence is classified, and the rules are unlike any Claire has ever known.

The audio includes an excerpt from Vanished, the first Nick Heller novel.

©1998 Joseph Finder (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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"Rattling good entertainment right to the final inevitable twist." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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One of the best books I’ve listened to!

This book is also a film and I was unsure it would be as good as film but, as is usually the case, it is.
Narrator excellent, content exciting - I don’t want to spoil it for anyone just get it!

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  • "unknown"
  • 05-08-11

Predictable outcome

Quite enjoyable as usual but the end was a bit unbelievable and the outcome predictable. However it did not once make me think it would not turn out in the end. It is usual for Finder to have a bit of a twist but not this time as the writing was on the wall.

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  • Kaye E Steeno
  • 24-02-12

Not for me

I think your political views might impact your enjoyment of this story. I didn't like the premise and I don't share those views, so I didn't care for the book--and yet, I did find it interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot line, and I like a book that keeps me guessing. There is a lot of courtroom drama and if you like question-answer formats you'll like it.
But, there are some serious problems in the story line also. There are huge holes in motivation. The inciting incident at the mall is SO fake. As others have written, why would you endanger others when you could easily arrest the man at work or at home. I don't really understand the problems with the daughter and the sister. Why is the idea that Clare is smoking again included--I just don't get it.

Also, the daughter is just a little brat. Every time she entered the story line it set me on edge. Whine, Whine, Whine.

The narrator did a good job. I always appreciate a reader who does accents and gets them right.
I am trying to find good writers who have numerous books. I've listened to all of the books by the writers I do like and I need to find something else. I tried this book because the author has had numerous best sellers and a lot of positive feedback. I probably won't listen to, or read, any more of his books.

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  • Judith
  • 30-11-10

Similar to DeMille's "Word of Honor", not as good

Amazingly similar in content to Nelson DeMille's "Word of Honor", but not nearly as good. Much of it was very tedious court martial material, and would have been better with male narration.

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  • Jane
  • 04-08-14

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 writing Annie that way, but the narrator could have toned it down some. I don’t hit children, but the way Annie sounded made me want to slap her. I would have made Annie sound more hurt and whiny than bratty.

Genre: legal mystery suspense.

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  • Byron
  • 20-02-13

Once again, book better than the movie!!

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 murderer of 87 innocent men., women and children in an offensive action in San Salvador 13 years earlier. Clair wonders who this man really is, as he has told her a complete past history that does not involve the military in any way. Can she believe anything he says? But the man she knows would never commit such terrible acts of violence!

Clair, and defense lawyers used to the military counts, find themselves up against a formidable prosecutor, and a 'take no prisoners' judge. The court marshall scenes and legal actions add great interest and suspense to this 'believe him or not' mystery. Finder puts the reader in a plausible situation that would give nightmares if this were a situation that the reader ever found themselves maneuvering through in their own family. great read!!

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  • Leslie
  • 31-07-11

Four Stars for High Crimes

This was my first Joseph Finder book and it held my interest throughout. I am somewhat unfamiliar with the military code of justice, as well as the differences between that and civilian law, and it was interesting to learn some of the nuances of each. I did not know which of the main characters were the good guys until the end, and although I did feel that there were a few loose ends when the book finished, generally this was an exciting story that held my interest, with an excellent reader. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • J Tyler
  • 10-12-17

Rife with inaccuracies and inconsistencies

The story is good and engaging, but I have a hard time with some of the inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the story, particularly in terms of the military. Some of the courtroom stuff was illogical in terms of some of the interactions with witnesses. Sometimes it was as if the author had not done his homework and neither had the editor(s). The narrator's range was limited in terms of distinguishing voices.

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  • mikerobwil
  • 25-07-14

Really?

Would you try another book from Joseph Finder and/or Therese Plummer?

I'm only in to about the first hour of this audio book but thus far very disappointed. Really don't think this novel is on par with the other Joseph Finder novels I've read. I'll probably try to muddle my way further and hope that it starts to work for me but only because I've enjoyed so many of his other books.

What could Joseph Finder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's early, I know. However, I wonder if this novel might have been something Joseph Finder wrote early-on before his writing skills were more sophisticated? His writing thus far seems like this was ghost-written by an old girlfriend, rather than by someone in their prime.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Therese Plummer?

Terrible choice as a narrator for this novel. Maybe I would not be working so hard trying to enjoy this novel if someone else was in this role.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from High Crimes?

I'll contribute to this question if I can get further into the story before giving it up as a lost cause.

Any additional comments?

Probably not a very fair review on my part as I'm not very far into the novel. However, I just couldn't help but express my frustration as I've come to expect much more from this author.

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  • Emma
  • 30-09-13

Great Ending

Any additional comments?

Reading this book was a bit like reading a screen play. Most of the focus goes on the courtroom scenes, which are very 'he said - she said'. The plot is easy to follow - and near the end, it takes you somewhere you didn't expect. Overall, it was an enjoyable read - although it took me a couple of weeks to get through.

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  • Lilly2734
  • 12-06-17

Old but so far listening best

I started reading Finder way before I found Audible and loved his focus on the financial/business arena when so many other authors were going to war - but I loved Mitch Rapp and his brothers - give me a Finder and a weekend and I was good to go.

Somehow once I found Audible I lost Finder but here he is again. High Crimes sounds so familiar, maybe they made a movie. If not they should. It was a great listen with such an explosive ending and could apply to any war, unfortunately, so it could be a timeless story.

Obviously I give it a thumbs up!!