Black Fridays by Michael Sears

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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 can’t refuse the lucrative offer. The job is supposed to last two weeks, tops. But soon he’s 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 Michael Sears

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MICHAEL SEARS spent more than twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become a managing director at Paine Webber and Jeffries & 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.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Berkley. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fresh from two years in jail, disgraced executive Jason Stafford lands a new job in record time: He’s called in to tidy up records that were left in disarray after junior trader Brian Sanders died in an apparent boating accident.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

Publishers Weekly

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At the start of Sears’s impressive first novel, one of the best of a recent crop of financial thrillers, Jason Stafford admits: “I was the first alumnus from my MBA class to make Managing Director.

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

BC Books

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While I couldn’t begin to understand the complexity of the scam which Jason Stafford, the protagonist, pulled over his Wall Street bosses, I liked the other aspects of this book.

Sep 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

The Wall Street Journal

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Jason Stafford, the narrator of Michael Sears's exciting and compelling Wall Street thriller "Black Fridays" (Putnam, 341 pages, $25.95), has an anthropologist's eye for the diverse types encountered in high-stakes stock-trading rooms: "Position traders are all about guts and muscle .

Sep 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

Book Reporter

Jason really loves his son, as is demonstrated time and again here, and will do anything to get The Kid back.

Sep 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

TCPalm / AP

Jason Stafford had reached a high level of management on Wall Street and was trading in billions of dollars when he made a fatal mistake: He ignored an accounting error that escalated from a minor figure to a fortune larger than the GDP of most countries — and it almost destroyed an investment bank.

Nov 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Black Fridays

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