Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder

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Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.
But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason - and bad things start to happen to Jason's rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He's an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient” - and ruthless - means available. After all, Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”
But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it's far more than just his career that lies in the balance.
A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

About Joseph Finder

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JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, and has written extensively on espionage and international affairs for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers as well as the Council on Foreign Relations, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published January 1, 2007 by Orion. 428 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, War. Fiction

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At first Jason thinks he’s just putting a ringer on the Entronics softball team (Kurt is one mean pitcher who nearly turned pro).

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Hey, he even manipulated me into relinquishing my beloved “Cops.” But did he have to include a perfectly gratuitous dig at a couple of fine literary journals, by making the book’s most boorish character start out as “a poor starving writer” who published stories “in magazines with names like TriQ...

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He typically spends three months or so researching the industry of the novel in progress, whether it be office furniture, or in the case of Killer Instinct, flat screen plasma monitors and televisions.

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When Jason observes Kurt for the first time, not only do we learn about Kurt, but we also learn much more about Jason’s way of looking at people: But he didn’t seem to be a cell phone kind of guy.

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Book Reporter

Semko and Steadman appear to have nothing in common --- Steadman is button-down though relaxed, while Semko is one rough edge --- but Steadman, salesman that he is, finds common ground with the man: they're both baseball fans.

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USA Today

With Company Man, Finder actually centered the plot on the manufacture of office furniture.In his new business thriller, Killer Instinct, Finder examines the reality of being a salesman, specifically someone who sells fancy plasma screens.

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Reviewing the Evidence

KILLER INSTINCT is the latest corporate thriller from Joseph Finder.

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Kurt gains some inside information about one of Jason's prospects which enables Jason to complete a good sale.

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Bookmarks Magazine

To the chagrin of his materialistic wife, Jason Steadman, a 30-something successful businessman at Boston’s Entronics, lacks the killer instinct.

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