Discussion Questions for Paranoia

1. If Adam were your employee at the beginning of the book, what would you have done to motivate and/or discipline him? Have you ever had an employee or a colleague like Adam? How did you handle him?

2. Adam tells us that Nicholas Wyatt is “a scary dude.” Jock Goddard is equally powerful and intimidating. What makes them scary?

3. How does Adam’s relationship with his father, and what happens to his father, influence the way he deals with both Nick Wyatt and Jock Goddard? Why does Adam apologize to his father in the hospital?

4. Adam has few women in his personal life, but deals with several powerful women in his professional life, and Alana Jennings blows him away. How does his relationship to/opinion of Alana change and evolve over the course of the book?

5. What keeps Adam and Seth’s friendship together? Why does Seth step up for Adam?

6. Seth points out that Adam could have made some very different choices. Why didn’t those occur to Adam? Did they occur to you? What would you have done in a similar situation?

7. At the end of the book, Jock Goddard quotes Sun Tzu: “Business, at the highest levels, is deception.” Do you agree with this? Do you think most corporate CEOs operate this way?

8. Paranoia is set in the high-tech industry in the early 2000s. Is this a story that could happen now? How would it be different if it were written today?

9. Adam tells us this story as something that happened to him in the past, so we know from the beginning of the book that he’s not dead. How did that change the tension of the book for you? What’s scarier than death, and what is Adam afraid of? Can you think of other thrillers that aren’t life-or-death situations?

10. Readers still write the author to ask about the book’s ending. Why do you think the book ends the way it does? What do you think happens at the end?