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The 500 by Matthew Quirk

The 500 (2012)

by Matthew Quirk

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Pretty good - I liked the way being a lobbyist s like being a con artist. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 5, 2017 |
This is clearly an attempt to sell the film rights rather than simply write a book. The writing style is simple and the characterisation fairly weak. The problem with the plot is plausibility if you ever stop to think about it; but having said that it would be a good enough airplane read. Although it is listed in Good Reads as the first in a series I struggle to see where it can go from here, thankfully. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
Review to follow. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Jun 2, 2015 |
THE 500 tells the story of Mike Ford an underprivileged kid from the wrong side of the tracks as he attempts to make a better life for himself by going straight and staying honest. Unfortunately, not too much is going well for him. He is in debt for his mothers medical bills, a collection agency is making life miserable and as he attempts to go to class he learns his tuition check has bounced, yet he doesn't give up and not long after he finds himself interviewing with his soft spoken professor.
Before too long Mike finds himself with everything he's ever dreamed of. He's go a nice home, the debts are paid, his job is working out nicely for him and he's found himself a nice girl. Then he has to make trouble for himself by being honest and eventually things fall apart.
The action is fast paced and the reader finds himself wondering where the time has gone when the story ends. If you like novels such as THE FIRM you should give this story a try. It will not disappoint you. ( )
  Teritree001971 | Jun 2, 2015 |
The 500 is an interesting novel set in Washington, DC. The main character is a young laywer, fresh out of Harvard. He gets a dream job with a consulting group, but it all turns out to be too good to be true. He gets drawn deeper and deeper into trouble as the story goes on. The novel is well-written and the characters are believable. The title comes from a statement made by one of the characters that there are (supposedly) 500 people in Washington with real power and who run the government. This character is the bad guy, and his goal is to corrupt those in power. The main character, Mike, is a former criminal turned good guy. His past catches up to him in many ways in this gripping story. His past also helps him get out of some really bad scrapes. This one was a real page-turner. As a reader, it held my interest and drew me into the story. I'm not usually partial to novels about political subjects, but this one avoided all that and cut to the meat of the story. There are no boring passages about the law and politics to wade through, which I found refreshing. There was enough suspense, intrigue and mystery to keep my interest. Overall, I'd say it was a good thriller and a good read. ( )
  Beartracker | Nov 30, 2013 |
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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.

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Former con artist and Harvard Law student Mike Ford accepts a position with the DC-based Davies Group, a consulting firm whose specialty is pulling strings for the five hundred most powerful people inside the Beltway.

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