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
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. I was also the first... to go to prison." A simple accounting error turned into a major felony in effect, he mortgaged his trading portfolio's future to the tune of $500 million, and lost his career, most of his wealth, and his family. Out of prison and back in Manhattan, Stafford takes a short-term consulting gig with a medium-sized boutique firm, Weld Securities, looking into the trading records of a young executive who died under mysterious circumstances. In an emotionally engaging subplot, Stafford attempts to reclaim his five-year-old autistic son from his ex-wife. Sears is terrific at generating momentum and suspense while juggling a convoluted plot and an enormous cast of characters. A former trader himself, he's also good at making the opaque intricacies of the financial markets transparent, even interesting. Wall Street doesn't necessarily need or deserve much sympathy, but this is no screed, and the book is the better for it.
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Great book. Suspense, twist and turns all the way to the end.
could not be more boring
This was among the 10 most boring books I have ever read - and that's thousands. I forced myself to finish it, fighting (& sometimes failing) to keep my eyes open. It was torturous. I only gave it 2 stars because I actually read the whole thing instead of pressing the delete button on the 5th page like I did on Harlan Cobens new book that I pre-ordered.
Spare yourself and others that you might take your anger out on if you waste your money on this tedious, repetitive & stultifyingly boring book.
Thought provoking and difficult to put down. Looking forward to future books by author and wouldn't mind more about this cast of characters.