The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Book Review:
The Finder by Colin Harrison

Sep 14, 2009

Colin Harrison has written a fascinating detective novel that shows something about the very different layers of today’s society. At the bottom are two Mexican women, here in the U.S. illegally, who have the job of collecting papers from offices for shredding. The head of the shredding company is a very different type of immigrant, a wealthy business woman from China. She uses the shredding company to steal certain documents from big corporations and send them over to her brother in Shanghai, China. He and his friends are wealthy speculators. They use the stolen information to manipulate the stock price of a U.S. pharmaceutical company.

The head of the pharmaceutical company discovers that its secrets have been stolen and uses the Italian mafia in New York to deliver a lesson to the shredding company, leading to the deaths of the two Mexican women. But when the pharmacy company’s stock drops, a billionaire investor, who suffered a hundred million dollar loss, moves into action. He carries out a massive stock manipulation of his own to drive the stock price back up.

Anyone with a 401(k) plan that has tanked while bankers get ever richer will find this novel an eye-opener into the world of speculation and fraud and well-protected crime at the top.

This novel will hold your attention with some very believable characters who reveal the hidden parts of today’s society.