The latest Jason Stafford novel from Michael Sears, author of the highly acclaimed Long Way Down and Black Fridays.
Jason Stafford used to be a hot Wall Street trader, went too far, and paid for it in prison. Now a financial investigator, he’s been asked to look into rumors of a hostile takeover of his firm, but he has no idea it will turn his whole life upside down. Suddenly embroiled in a grand jury investigation of Mob-related activities on Wall Street, and threatened by some very serious men, he is thrust into witness protection with his young autistic son. And then his son disappears. Has he been kidnapped, or worse? With no choice but to act, Stafford has no choice but to come out of hiding and risk everything to save his son, his firm, his pregnant girlfriend—and himself.
Sears's exciting fourth novel featuring disgraced Wall Street trader Jason Stafford (after 2015's Long Way Down) finds Stafford, now a financial fraud investigator, sneaking onto a Long Island farm that might be the nexus of some shady stock trades. In the book's best sequence, he narrowly outruns the farm's security staff and a herd of cranky bison. But after a colleague is killed, Stafford is swept up into a federal investigation and is forced to go into the witness protection program along with his autistic seven-year old son, also named Jason but known as "the Kid," and a pair of bodyguards in New Mexico, where they're hunted by mobsters. The high point of this rather too-lengthy section is Stafford's heroic efforts to locate his runaway son in the wilderness. Back in New York City, he executes a clever ploy to extricate himself from both the feds and the mob. Stafford is a flawed protagonist who is resourceful and touchingly vulnerable.