“The storytelling is great. Thriller fans will enjoy this one.” —Kirkus Reviews
Damon Traynor leaves a glittering career on Wall Street to set up his own private equity business. When it is the winning bidder in the multi-billion dollar auction for a government-owned defense company, his firm’s future success looks certain.
But soon after the deal closes, Damon makes an alarming discovery—something that makes the recent acquisition worthless. Then he learns he was duped by the financially-strapped federal administration and that there are many others in the same position. Facing financial ruin, he investigates the US treasury officials behind the transaction.
What Damon uncovers is a terrifying web of organized crime—extending all the way to the White House itself—involving blackmail and assassination on an industrial scale. When those around him begin to die, Damon finds himself locked in a deadly battle with the leader of the free world.
Praise for SHAKEDOWN:
“Bodenham’s unique insight into the world of high finance has created another authentic financial thriller.” —Howard Leigh, Lord Leigh of Hurley
“On the money. Finance and politics mixed into a thrilling, deadly cocktail.” —Derek Thompson, author of the Spy Chaser thriller series
“Martin Bodenham, a former private equity fund manager, has hit gold with Shakedown, a riveting thriller about the high risks in high finance.” —Jerry Kennealy, author of the Nick Polo mystery series
“Martin Bodenham brings an insider’s savvy to this tale of intrigue and deception. Think Absolute Power meets The Firm and you’ve got the inside track on this heart-pounding thriller. Relentlessly entertaining!” —Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of Back To Brooklyn
“Shakedown is a crash course in corporate intrigue, government conspiracies, and espionage. The action is swift and the characters are relentless. Don't miss out on this ride.” —J.J. Hensley, author of Bolt Action Remedy and Resolve
Savvy Wall Street broker Damon Traynor, the narrator of this uneven financial thriller from Bodenham (The Geneva Connection), has established his own equity fund. When he gets a chance to bid on a U.S. government-owned defense company, which if the numbers are correct would net his investors big money, he's ready to jump at it. His only opposition comes from Frank Marcuri, his biggest backer, who considers the proposition too good to be true. Shortly afterward, Marcuri dies in a helicopter crash, and Traynor's other investors urge him to take the deal. After he does, people close to Traynor start dying, and he realizes he's been duped. As he investigates, he uncovers a web that includes organized crime, foreign agents, and a covert operation whose head reports directly to the president of the cash-strapped United States. While the financial manipulations ring true, the rushed ending defies logic, with the villain suddenly abandoning any pretense of caution and Traynor becoming a cold-blooded killer. Smooth prose compensates only in part for one-dimensional characters.