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“Knows his spy stuff -- and has researched well the ins and outs of post-Enron corporate security.”
Joseph Finder's first novel, THE MOSCOW CLUB, was hailed by The Washington Post as "riveting," and by The Boston Globe as "superb." Now, in EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, this dazzling new talent explodes with a spellbinding, lightning—paced novel of international intrigue that assures his place among the masters of suspense.
The news is shattering: Harrison Sinclair has been killed in a car accident. While his daughter, Molly, and her husband, Ben Ellison, mourn the tragedy of a powerful man cut down in his prime, the realization slowly dawns that Sinclair's death was no accident.
Harrison Sinclair was the director of the CIA.
Harrison Sinclair may have been a traitor—or the Agency's last honest man.
Even his son-in-law, Ben, has heard rumors of sinister forces within the Agency that could have ordered Sinclair's assassination: Ben was an agent himself until a rendezvous gone lethally wrong made him seek the safer waters of a staid patent law practice in an old-line Boston firm.
But suddenly, with the free-falling acceleration of a nightmare, Ben is thrust into a web of intrigue and violence beyond his control, compelled by an artful, inescapable maneuver back into the employ of the CIA, and lured into a top-secret espionage project in telepathic ability funded by American intelligence. As the project's first success, Ben uses his "extraordinary powers" in the perilous search for Vladimir Orlov, the exiled former chairman of the KGB—the only man who might unlock the secret of Harrison Sinclair's death and the whereabouts of a multibillion-dollar fortune in gold spirited out of Russia in the last days of the Soviet Union.
The hunt for the truth will rush Ben headlong from Roman piazzas to a crumbling castle in Tuscany, from an impenetrable steel-clad vault beneath Zurich's glittering Bahnhofstrasse to an opulent spa in Germany's Black Forest, and through the dangerous tunnels of the Paris Métro.
It is a chase that will bring Ben Ellison face to face with his past and culminate in a crowded Washington hearing room where, behind high security barriers, a Senate investigating committee is about to call its secret witness….as an assassin prepares to strike. Here, finally, with only seconds to act, Ben Ellison must call upon his extraordinary powers to stop a killer—or die trying.
EXTRAORDINARY POWERS is a mesmerizing tale of suspense that interweaves high-stakes financial intrigue with a terrifying conspiracy conceived with icy precision deep within the heart of American intelligence. It is a galvanizing and masterful entertainment enriched by an insider's knowledge of the world of international espionage, politics, and spy tradecraft—truly an espionage novel for the nineties.
Original edition February 1994.