Long Way Down

Long Way Down, by Michael SearsLong Way Down

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From the author of the acclaimed, award-winning debut novel Black Fridays, comes a story of murder, greed, and corruption—and the lengths to which one man will go for his family.

He approached me in the street—bone-thin, gray-bearded, holding out a small envelope. “The man said you’d give me five bucks for it.” Inside was a one-word message: RUN.

Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, is still changing him, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesn’t think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says he’s been set up. Haley does indeed have enemies. He is not a nice man. Doesn’t make him a criminal.

It does make him dangerous to be around, though. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover, secrets people would kill for. And that’s exactly what happens. Soon, it is Stafford himself who is under attack and, worse, his family—his fiancée, his young son—and he is a fugitive, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of both the killers and the law.


“Readers familiar with Sears’ Jason Stafford novels know about this ex-con and former Wall Streeter—his murdered wife, his autistic son, and his new career as a financial investigator. Newcomers who feel stranded at the first chapter are advised to hang on. As soon as Stafford tears into his new assignment, a buzz starts that won’t let go. He’s asked to assist a biofuels wizard accused of fiddling the stock of his own company, and immediately he’s stumbling through this brand-new world of iterative crackers. Sears cleverly gets the reader on Jason’s side by having him lost, too—somebody’s always reminding him that he’s not looking at “pictures” but “digital images.” The sequence of lies and betrayals that constitute the plot are revealed in action scenes and confrontational dialogue with wry undercurrents, sort of Ian Fleming by way of Woody Allen. The novel’s final face-off has the villain musing on sin, as if Fleming’s villain Ernst Blofeld was a commentator on NPR. But the tension and suspense are genuine and gripping, as is the view of a world where billionaires, like drug cartels, have hit squads.” —Booklist

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