Mortal Bonds

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Winner of the Silver Falchion for Best 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.

After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family. There is still a lot of missing money out there, he’s told, and they want Stafford to find it before the Feds do—and certain other parties, some of whom are nowhere near as scrupulous in their methods. Bad things start happening to the people Stafford talks to. Soon bad things are happening to him as well.

Making it worse, his treacherous ex-wife has come to town, ostensibly to visit their young son. Stafford suspects there’s more to it than that, but even he has no idea how much that visit is about to change all their lives—and send him off to the next chapter of his life.


“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 (subscription required)

“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

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