The Directive

The Directive

A Novel

Book - 2014 | 1st ed
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After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game - this time the stakes are even higher. Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds himself trapped by the dangerous men in charge - and forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316198646
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 21, 2020

Mildly interesting. The story is a financial thriller filled with many tech details about security measures at the NY Fed Reserve building where the kernel of the story takes place and too many paragraphs devoted to the intricacies of picking locks open. Along with those details is the con being played by Washington DC lawyer, Jerry Ford, the main character, now in several of Quirk's books, as family members rope him in to save them from either financial ruin or bodily harm. The con twists and turns becoming more and more complicated with each new development and additional players. It turns out to be a long story with increasing tension as Security Guards close in , villains chase each other in a car race in a mountainous area, firearms hit their marks, brothers turn against each other, and Jerry Ford may just lose the good life he has established along with the trust and love of his wealthy fiancee.

ChristchurchLib Jul 13, 2014

"n this fast-paced follow-up to The 500, lawyer Mike Ford finds himself more or less forced into utilising skills from his former life of crime when he agrees to help his brother steal the Federal Reserve's directive guiding U.S. economic policy. Though he'd initially planned to fail, the lives of his increasingly irritated fiancée and his ex-con father depend upon his success. As does his own. The action, increasing suspense, and twisty plot hold plenty of appeal, especially to readers of financial thrillers by the likes of Joseph Finder or Christopher Reich." Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter

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