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Black Fridaysby Michael Sears
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From the author of the acclaimed, award-winning debut novel Black Fridays, comes a story of murder, greed, and corruption—and the lengths to which one man will go for his family.
He approached me in the street—bone-thin, gray-bearded, holding out a small envelope. The man said youd give me five bucks for it.” Inside was a one-word message: RUN.
Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, is still changing him, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesnt think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says hes been set up. Haley does indeed have enemies. He is not a nice man. Doesnt make him a criminal.
It does make him dangerous to be around, though. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover, secrets people would kill for. And thats exactly what happens. Soon, it is Stafford himself who is under attack and, worse, his family—his fiancée, his young son—and he is a fugitive, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of both the killers and the law.
Ex-Wall Street trader, ex-con, and devoted father to an autistic son, Jason Stafford first appeared in Black Fridays, and#147;one of the yearand#8217;s finest crime debutsand#8221; (Booklist).and#160;Now, in Mortal Bonds, he goes to work for the wealthy family of a financial criminaland#133;
William von Beckerand#8217;s multibillion-dollar fund was limited to only the luckiest investors. Or so they thought.
After the house of cards collapses and the disgraced von Becker commits suicide in prison, his family asks Jason Stafford to find out where the money isand#151;and who is targeting them with attempted kidnappings. There are plenty of angry suspects to take a look at. But with roughly three billion of von Beckerand#8217;s ill-gotten dollars floating around somewhere, there are other interested parties as well. Theyand#8217;re determined. Theyand#8217;re powerful. And theyand#8217;re not nearly as polite as the Fedsand#133;
One of Booklist's "Year's Best Crime Novels"
After two years in federal prison, Jason Stafford is no longer welcome on Wall Street. But due to his financial crime expertise, one firm wants him to quietly look for irregularities in the books of one of their junior traders, whose body was just pulled from the Long Island Sound.
Raising an autistic five-year-old alone, Stafford cant refuse the lucrative offer. The job is supposed to last two weeks, tops. But soon hes facing threats and intimidation, and more people are dying. Stafford must fight for his life—while struggling to save his son from a different kind of danger
Nominated for the Edgar® Award for Best First Novel
About the Author
Michael Sears spent over twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become a managing director at Paine Webber and Jeffries and Co., before leaving the business in 2005. He lives in Sea Cliff, New York, where he is at work on a second book featuring Jason Stafford and his son.
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