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Mortal BondsMortal Bonds
by Michael Sears

A Jason Stafford Novel

Mortal Bonds won the Silver Falchion Award for
Best Novel Crime Thriller

From the author of the extraordinary Edgar-nominated debut novel Black Fridays, a sensational story of murder and financial corruption—and one man’s continued search for redemption.

William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America, until the bottom fell out, and the whole edifice was demonstrated to be a fraud. Read more>>

“Jason Stafford, whose first case in Black Fridays sent author Michael Sears’ critical stock soaring, has personal and professional problems of his own in his second high-stakes adventure.”  —Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

“A touching, tense, and terrific thriller”  —Library Journal

“Scorching”  and “Grade: A”  Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Deft, witty prose”  Publisher’s Weekly

“A heartfelt character study of a man trying to rebuild his life”  —Oline Cogdill in Mystery Scene

Black Fridays paperbackBlack Fridays

Now available in paperback.

An extraordinary debut thriller about murder and corruption in Wall Street — and a man’s discovery of the humanity he thought he had lost. Read more>>

» Winner of the prestigious SHAMUS AWARD for Best First P.I. Novel
» ANTHONY AWARD Nominee for Best First Novel.
» An EDGAR AWARD nominee for Best First Novel.
» THRILLER AWARD nominee by the International Thriller Writers.
» BARRY AWARD nominee for Best First Novel.

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 Read the Publishers Weekly Starred Review

BLACK FRIDAYS is a thriller – the story of one man standing against a system that too often allows corruption to go unpunished, and risking his life in the process. It is set against the background of current day Wall Street, a milieu I know well… Read the story behind Black Fridays

“Black Fridays is the real deal: a compelling, beautifully written thriller offering a fascinating insider’s view of corruption in high places.”
—JONATHAN KELLERMAN

“Black Fridays has it all: superb writing, a riveting plot, and a hero I’m still thinking about days afterward. A must read!”
—TESS GERRITSEN

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