The 500 by Matthew Quirk
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A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena

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: 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, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder -- and deadlier -- the fall.
 

About Matthew Quirk

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Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he joined The Atlantic and spent five years at the magazine reporting on a variety of subjects including crime, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. The 500 is his first novel, and is currently in development as a major motion picture. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Washington, D.C., is the setting for this John Grisham-style thriller about a recent Harvard Law graduate who gets in way over his head at a sinister consulting and PR firm that will stop at nothing to control all 500 of the capital's top movers and shakers.

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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, n

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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, t

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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.

Aug 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The 500: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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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, t

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Book Reporter

“How do you go honest in a city run by crooks?” This is the question recent Harvard Law School graduate Mike Ford poses to himself in Matthew Quirk’s highly anticipated debut thriller, THE 500.

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In the course of this debut thriller, Mike Ford, the hero, is shot, stabbed, burned, choked, clubbed and almost drowned, decapitated and defenestrated. Yet, there he is, on the last page, still standing.

Jul 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The 500: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

The question to ask when reading this gripping new Beltway white-knuckler isn't ''Where have I seen this before?'' but rather ''When was the last time this was done so well?'' The answer to both questions is probably The Firm, John Grisham's paranoiac thriller sine qua non, from which Quirk borro...

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Huffington Post

"The 500" (Reagan Arthur Books/Little Brown), by Matthew Quirk: "The 500," a gripping debut novel by Matthew Quirk, is reminiscent of John Grisham's "The Firm" and will have readers enthralled from the opening sentence.

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The Christian Manifesto

atthew Quirk’s debut novel has yet to hit bookstores and already it’s grabbed for the big screen.

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The Guilded Earlobe

... Audiobook Review: The 500 by Matthew Quirk. 13 08 2012. The 500 by Matthew Quirk. Read by Jay Snyder. Hachette Audio. Length: 9 Hrs 23 ...

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

... Book Review: "The 500" by Matthew Quirk. Mike Ford has struggled for most of his life. After his father went to prison, he tried to support his ...

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Milo's Rambles

... Mike Ford was following his father into a life of crime, when he chose to go straight and instead worked his way through Harvard Law School.

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Washingtonian

Matthew Quirk’s gripping first novel, The 500, opens in DC’s “most respected strategic consulting and government affairs firm,” where young-gun attorney Mike Ford is cutting a deal for his life with the most ruthless man in Washington.

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Amarillo Globe-News

Mike Ford lands his dream job at the Davies Group, the largest consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

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