The 500: A Novel

Hardcover | June 5, 2012

byMatthew 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 likeThe FirmandPresumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder -- and deadlier -- the fall.

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A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arenaA 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 ou...

Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years atThe Atlanticreporting on crimes, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316198625

ISBN - 13:9780316198622

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The 500 A quick easy read. Took a loooog time to get exciting, like 2/3's of the way thru the book. But then I did enjoy it even though I did know what was going to happen as that was in the prologue. I would find it hard to recommend to a friend unless they were looking for a mindless easy read. Not really impressed. Especially with the ending being an almost word for word repeat of the prologue..
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Root for the underdog! This book is a great read! Full of intrigue, and behind the scenes knowledge of the criminal mind. Makes you wonder just who is pulling the strings of all the power brokers of our Capital.
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"Quirk's engaging first novel transplants the milieu of Grisham's The Firm to the world of political lobbyists...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."-Publishers Weekly