Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He's unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are ...
Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He's unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it's not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, 'the Kid', from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him. The things Stafford discovers about himself in the process are every bit as gripping as his investigation, and when the two threads of his life come together - the results are unforgettable. Black Fridays marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-07-09 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. Agent: Judith Weber, Sobol Weber Associates. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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