The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald
"RANKS WITH A Civil Action AS ONE OF THE BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE LAST DECADE...A story that time and again had me turning to my wife and saying things like "No way!'' and "You've got to read this."
—The New York Times Book Review
"A DILLY OF A BOOK...reads like John Grisham on acid, and once begun, you can't put it down."
—Liz Smith, in her syndicated column
"THE THRILLER OF THE YEAR -- AND IT'S ALL TRUE!"
—The Dallas Morning News
"THE MOST RIVETING TALE OF RECENT YEARS...A NEAR MASTERPIECE...thrilling, far-reaching and significant...a fast-paced, accessible, race car of a book."
"SUSPENSEFUL...a book that can double as an attractive movie proposal."
—The Washington Post
"READS LIKE AN ED MCBAIN CRIME NOVEL...within a few pages the reader is hooked. I knew how the story ended, but I still couldn't put the book down."
—New York Times daily review
"A compelling narrative...a business book for Grisham readers."
—The Chicago Tribune
"A thriller, filled with espionage double crosses and deceit, where nothing is quite what it first seems."
"A real page-turner."
—Ira Glass, host, This American Life
"A gripping book."
—Arianna Huffington, Los Angeles Times
"GRIPPING...The Informant is a remarkable work and a compelling read...You will race through it in anger and astonishment...It's hard to imagine that this story could have a more thorough chronicler than Eichenwald...The intensity of reportage seems at times almost superhuman."
"A GRIPPING READ...Eichenwald constructs one of the most compelling business narratives since Barbarians at the Gate. The Informant offers an inside picture of a part of the corporate world that outsiders almost never see--one full of covert meetings, secret codes, and industrial espionage. Usually the pulp of airport fiction, here such shadowy doings become the stuff of sound investigative nonfiction...A great cops-and-robbers drama--leavened by occasional touches of screwball comedy...This is box-office material, and Eichenwald has written a book that reads a lot like a screenplay."
"In this true account that has more spy action than some Tom Clancy novels we get double-crossing, dirty dealing, lying, conniving and wiretapping... The Informant is more deceitful and more spellbinding than many works of fiction."
"More plot twists than a John Grisham novel."
—Amazon.com (official review)
"As vivid and tense as a John Grisham novel, as pictorial as Mission Impossible II, The Informant resembles a fine Chinese puzzle, always hiding one more layer. The plot snaps out a you like a half-starved viper.
—Barnes&Noble.com (official review)
"The Informant is epic in scope, a tale of human foibles-of greed, deceit,and arrogance-and also of the search for truth. Eichenwald has told it masterfully, with the narrative drive of a novel. I guarantee it'll keep you reading late into the night."
—Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action
"The Informant is superb reporting in the service of a great story, one with the drama and suspense of a Le Carre novel. Set squarely in the American heartland, delving into the inner sanctum of a global corporation, it explores the shifting boundaries of truth and deception, loyalty and betrayal. It is a remarkable achievement."
—James B. Stewart, Den of Thieves and Blind Eye
"The twists and turns of this nonfiction work leave many thrillers in the dust. Eichenwald's spare prose and journalistic eye for detail make the pages fly."
—David Baldacci, Absolute Power and Saving Faith
"I would say The Informant reads like Grisham, only nobody ever could have invented these characters. A tale this riveting and this strange could only have been built from truth."
—Sherry Sontag, coauthor, Blind Man's Bluff
Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
On Sale: Aug 11, 2009