About Joe

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Joseph has written extensively on corporate corruption, espionage, international affairs, and writing in general.

The Trump Era is Posing Some Major Challenges for Thriller Novelists
Joseph poses the question “In an age of the surpassingly strange — possible election meddling and business favor-peddling and the firing of a real-life director of the FBI — how can a writer like me hope to compete?” For The Washington Post on June 23, 2017.

5 Things That Changed My Life
5 books that changed Joseph’s life – made him want to be a writer. These are novels that suck you in and cast a spell, make you lose track of time. Total immersion experiences. For Crimespree Magazine on July 27, 2016.

The Spy Who Came in From Headquarters
Joseph reviews two thrillers, BREAKING COVER by Stella Rimington and THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO by Matthew Palmer, for The New York Times Book Review section. July 27, 2016.

The Ten Best Movie Thrillers
A thriller movie’s job is to grab you, suck you in, shake you up, and leave you reeling when it’s over. Joseph lists his favorite films for The Strand Magazine. July 19, 2016 piece.

Read This Book to Understand Lee Harvey Oswald
Joseph’s introduction to the Kennedy assassination classic Marina and Lee. August 2, 2013 in The Daily Beast.

You’re Doing It Wrong: Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder Part 1 and Part 2
What’s the right way to write a thriller? Should you outline? Joseph and Lee Child each make their case for Booklist. May 30-31, 2012.

Judy Collins’s New Book: Suicide, Alcoholism, Nude Photos, and More
Joseph writes about his friend and reviews her new memoir, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music. December 3 piece for The Daily Beast.

How I Came to Write This Book
Behind BURIED SECRETS and the Nick Heller series is the topic of this guest post for pattinase.blogspot.com. June 30, 2011.

Nick Heller’s Boston
Joseph writes about Nick Heller and his Boston roots for Janice Gable Bashman’s The Writing Life. June 28, 2011 guest blog post.

Imagining the Future of Military Gadgetry
Joseph speculates about the next advances in high-tech military gadgetry. June 20, 2011 post for The New York Times At War blog.

Joseph Finder Names a New Heir to the Throne
Joseph shares the best book he’s read in the past year. May 13, 2011 blog post for Booklist.

Buried in Research
Joseph writes about his research for BURIED SECRETS on CriminalElement.com. April 25, 2011 blog post.

The Ultimate Baseball Book
Joseph reviews THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO BASEBALL edited by Leonard Cassuto and Stephen Partridge. April 21, 2011 piece for The Daily Beast.

Waiting for the Train to Minsk
Joseph wrote a fictional short story about series character Nick Heller trying to stop a WikiLeaks employee from publishing classified photos.  December 4, 2010 piece for The Wall Street Journal.

The C.I.A. in Double Jeopardy
Joseph’s Op-Ed piece for The New York Times. August 30, 2009.

Books on Political Conspiracy
Joseph names the five best novels on political conspiracy. August 29, 2009 piece for The Wall Street Journal.

Spy Agency Fiasco
CIA Director Leon Panetta’s stunning, and mistaken, revelation about an illegal assassination program. August 18, 2009 piece for The Daily Beast.

Nothing Compares to the Power of a Children’s Book
Joseph contributes a personal story to Letter Blocks, a blog for parents who want to get their kids hooked on reading. July 30, 2009.

When Insanity Runs in the CIA
Joseph talks to Law professor and bestselling novelist Stephen L. Carter, whose new thriller JERICHO’S FALL is about the CIA and the world of intelligence. July 20, 2009 piece for The Daily Beast.

The Spies at State
How Fidel’s mole got away with it for 30 years.  June 9, 2009 piece for The Daily Beast.

Hands off the CIA
Enhanced interrogation techniques, Congress and the CIA. April 22, 2009 piece for The Daily Beast.

The CEO’s Private Investigation
An interactive case study for the Harvard Business Review, October 2007.

The Myth of the Corporate Spy
Forbes magazine, June 5, 2006.

Book Tour Confidential
Publishers Weekly, May 29, 2006.

Selling with Killer Instinct
Joseph’s manifesto for Jason Steadman, (fictional) sales expert and hero of KILLER INSTINCT, May 25, 2006.

Fiction and Facts about Killer Instinct
800-CEO-READ Interview, May 22, 2006.

Where Have All the Strivers Gone?
An essay for The New York Times Book Review, April 9, 2006.

Steal This Book
Defense of Dan Brown against the charges of plagiarism in THE DA VINCI CODE for The New York Times, April 4, 2006.

Overnight Success?
Joseph shares the story of how he published his first novel at the age of 24. March 31, 2005 blog contribution.

The World: Ripping Yarns; The Spy Novel Returns
The New York Times, November 25, 2001, Week in Review section.

Spies Are Always With Us
The New York Times, December 14, 1999, Editorial section.

The Army On Trial
The New York Times, February 17, 1998, Editorial section.

Security, and the False Sense of It
The New York Times, July 24, 1996, Editorial section.