A tough, topical financial thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of Wall Street.
After a stint in the Middle East, black ops vet Silas Cade becomes an "accountant"-the go-to for financiers who need things done quickly, quietly, and by any means necessary. Silas is hired by a major player to pay a visit to a hedge fund manager to demand clawback: the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that goes bad. But before Cade can tell his client that he got his ten million back, the guy turns up dead.
And he's not the first. Someone's killing investment bankers whose funds have gone south. Silas's scrubbed identity, and his insider's perspective, makes him the ideal shadow man to track down whoever's murdering some of the most hated managers on Wall Street. With the aid of a beautiful financial blogger looking to break her first big story, Silas tracks a violent security crew who may be the key to the executions. But as paranoia and panic spread, he begins to wonder: is the threat coming from inside the game-or out?
With breakneck pacing, nonstop action, and cutting edge details of today's financial intelligence technology, Clawback hurtles to its final twist, a gripping contemporary tale of shady finance, venal corruption, and greed run rampant.
In Cooper's engaging if flawed financial thriller, Silas Cade, a former black ops soldier now working as a consultant, seeks "clawback" ("the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that later goes bad") from shady investment managers, initially extracting $10 million on behalf of Tom Marlett, a hedge fund manager. After Marlett is murdered, another Wall Street tycoon, Quint Ganderson, hires Cade to look into the suspicious deaths of several money-losing money managers. A financial blogger, Clara Dawson, becomes enmeshed in the case, which turns into a frenetic search for the people and the motive behind the murders. A disgruntled investor seeking revenge? A fringe group wanting to destroy Wall Street? Or another financial player hungry for profit? The pseudonymous Cooper ("a former financial executive" who's written a thriller under another name) clearly knows the investment world, but it's hard to sympathize with the victims and even harder to stay engaged when the motive and the suspects are so opaque.