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The 500

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The 500

Mike Ford Series, Book 1

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal—and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500," the elite men and women who really run Washington—and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work and even with a pedigree, a con is still a con. Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, The 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, listeners will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder—and deadlier—the fall.

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal—and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500," the elite men and women who really run Washington—and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work and even with a pedigree, a con is still a con. Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, The 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, listeners will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder—and deadlier—the fall.

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  • Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. His book, The 500, has been translated into twenty languages. He spent five years writing and reporting for the Atlantic and now lives outside Washington, DC.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 27, 2012
    Quirk's debut thriller follows Mike Ford, fresh out of a prestigious law school, but plunged into a complex maze of Hitchcockian deceit far beyond his experience. In this irresistable audio edition, narrator Jay Snyder manages to get listeners to root for Ford—who just started work at the Washington consulting firm the Davies Group—making him sound like an average, likable guy despite his elite credentials and ultra-powerful job. Snyder's even-keeled, understated portrayal captures the essence of Ford, and his narration is a delight to listen to: well paced, clean, engaging, and shifting easily between moments of exposition and drama. And if some of the voices Snyder creates for the book's many characters could be more distinct, this entertaining audio production is no worse for it. A Reagan Arthur hardcover.

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    April 2, 2012
    Former Atlantic reporter Quirk’s engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham’s The Firm to the world of political lobbyists. After being recruited by Washington’s leading consulting firm, the Davies Group, Harvard law student Mike Ford thinks he’s left behind his blue-collar upbringing. While lobbying policymakers for his new mentor, firm founder Henry Davies, Mike gains a taste of what it’s like to belong to America’s political elite and begins dating his beautiful and patrician colleague, Annie Clark. Mike’s work proves, however, to call less upon his political ideals than on criminal skills first acquired from his jailed con man father. As Mike ascends the Davies Group’s hierarchy, he gradually realizes that the firm conceals a sinister political conspiracy. Quirk supplies just enough characterization and journalistic detail of Washington, D.C., life to ground his story as he launches into a streamlined, gripping man-on-the-run thriller. 10-city author tour. Agent: Shawn Coyne, the Endeavor Agency.

  • AudioFile Magazine Jay Snyder makes this a terrific listen. It's an exciting Washington-insider mystery of political corruption with the usual multiple plotlines and mix of characters. The story drags in some places, but Snyder carries the listener over those speed bumps. Snyder is so good that it's worth mentioning how well he does even with the female voice of a GPS navigation system. He uses relatively little character voicing, but his ability to inject action with his power of speech and spot-on pacing makes full voicing unnecessary. He also achieves good character and gender differentiation, so we never get the multitude of players mixed up. M.C. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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