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Black Fridays

Book 1, A Jason Stafford Novel - A Novel

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Description

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

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 09, 2012 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Black Fridays

I never understood the human side of trading in the market. I am still not sure of the whole process, but I get the people now. The story was extremely well written. Taking a workaholic market whiz-turned criminal and molding him into a loving, devoted father was no easy task. As the parent of two children on the Autism Spectrum and the spouse of one as well, I can truly empathize with what he was going through. The emotion was amazingly accurate as well as the progress the child could make with the right therapy. Little behavioral quirks in Justin, Sr. made it quite obvious he may have struggled with some minor Asperger traits himself.

The descriptions provided wonderful images of what was going on, the smells, the visual, and the emotional torture. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Loved this book

I don't usually write reviews but I really liked this book. I would love to read part 2 to find out what happens next. Is there a part 2?

Black Friday

This is my first ever review. I had to tell everyone that this book is a must read! Understood very little of trading but explained exceptionally well by writer. It's also about sacrifice for himself and learned devotion of his child. Can't wait for the next book!

Other Books in This Series

Mortal Bonds
2.
Long Way Down
3.
Saving Jason
4.
Black Fridays
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Sep 18, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, A Jason Stafford Novel
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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