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Local author plumbs the depths of ‘Paranoia’

Joseph Finder knows a few things about the paranoid state of mind. It’s something of a way of life for the Boston author, whose 2004 bestseller, “Paranoia,” has been adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth, and Gary Oldman (Ty Burr’s review appears on the Names page).

Not long ago, while researching Russian organized crime in Moscow for a novel he was working on, Finder, 54, had to get out of town fast to escape assassination as a suspected CIA agent. And as early as his first book, “Red Carpet,” a 1983 nonfiction expose of financier Armand Hammer’s links to Soviet intelligence services, he also had cause for alarm. “Hammer threatened me with a libel suit,” he said over the phone from Los Angeles, where “Paranoia” was having its world premiere. “I had threats from people who worked with him and were associated with him. He was powerful, a billionaire, corrupt, and evil.”

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