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Book by local author Joe Finder becomes NBC pilot

Derek Luke stars in the pilot based on Joe Finder’s 2014 novel “Suspicion.”
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Derek Luke stars in the pilot based on Joe Finder’s 2014 novel “Suspicion.”

The NBC pilot based on the 2014 novel “Suspicion” by local author Joe Finder now has a lead actor.

Derek Luke, who also stars on “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix, will star as widower Danny Goodman. He innocently accepts a loan from his millionaire neighbor, and whoops — the guy is a money launderer for a drug cartel, and Danny is coerced to work as an informant for the FBI. Sounds like a smart twist on “Ozark.”

The pilot was created and written by Jessica Goldberg, who also created “The Path” on Hulu, and it will be directed by Brad Anderson of “Fringe.”

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This isn’t the first Finder book to get adaptation attention. His “High Crime” was a 2002 movie starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Jim Caviezel, and his “Paranoia” was a 2013 movie staring Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Liam Hemsworth.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.