Disclosure: A Novel
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From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes an electrifying thriller in which a shocking accusation of sexual harassment triggers a gripping psychological game of cat and mouse and threatens to derail a brilliant career.
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An up-and-coming executive at the computer firm DigiCom, Tom Sanders is a man whose corporate future is certain. But after a closed-door meeting with his new boss—a woman who is his former lover and has been promoted to the position he expected to have—Sanders finds himself caught in a nightmarish web of deceit in which he is branded the villain.
As Sanders scrambles to defend himself, he uncovers an electronic trail into the company’s secrets—and begins to grasp that a cynical and manipulative scheme has been devised to bring him down.
“Crichton writes superbly. . . . The excitement rises with each page.”—Chicago Tribune
“A heart-stop story running on several tracks at once. Disclosure is up to [Crichton’s] usual locomotive speed.”—The Boston Globe
“Expertly crafted, ingenious and absorbing.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
began to glow. Sanders said, “Get up on the pad.” He came over and helped her stand on the walker pad. Fernandez moved her feet experimentally, feeling the balls roll. Immediately, there was a green flash from the lasers. “What was that?” “The scanner. Mapping you. Don’t worry about it. Here’s the headset.” He brought the headset down from the ceiling and started to place it over her eyes. “Just a minute.” She pulled away. “What is this?” “The headset has two small display screens. They
adequate. How many of the drives coming off the line meet specifications?” “I don’t have that information.” “Just approximately.” “I wouldn’t want to say, without precise figures.” “Are precise figures available?” “Yes. I just don’t have them at hand.” Nichols frowned. His expression said: why don’t you have them when you knew this is what the meeting was about? Conley cleared his throat. “Meredith indicated that the line is running at twenty-nine percent capacity, and that only five
a panic, in case some little moment in the ceremony went wrong. That was Phil: always worried about appearances. Your wife doesn’t need to hear about this. But Phil was screwing him. Phil, and Garvin behind him. They were both screwing him. Sanders had worked hard for the company for many years, but now they didn’t give a damn about him. They were taking Meredith’s side, without any question. They didn’t even want to hear his version of what had happened. As Sanders stood in the rain, his
Meredith’s refusal to press charges made no sense at all. She had already accused him. Why not press it? Why not carry it to its conclusion? Maybe Blackburn had talked her out of it. Blackburn was always so concerned about appearances. But Sanders didn’t think that was what had happened. Because a formal accusation could still be handled quietly. It could be processed inside the company. And from Meredith’s standpoint, there were real advantages to a formal accusation. Sanders was popular at
well. Tom showed up late, and changed his story about the Twinkle drive, minimizing the problems and contradicting me. He was clearly undercutting my authority in a corporate meeting and I could not permit that. I went directly to Phil Blackburn and told him everything that had happened. I said I did not want to press formal charges, but I made it clear that I could not work with Tom and that a change would have to be made. Phil said he would talk to Tom. And eventually it was decided that we