Mortal Bonds

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Mortal Bonds

A Jason Stafford Novel, #2

This new book by Michael Sears is a powerful sequel to the author's Black Fridays, which was a book featuring Jason Stafford, a stock market maven who was sent to jail for a bit of financial fraud and spent a couple of years in the lock up. But, he’s not all bad as, when released, he became an investigator who would check on activities on Wall Street that were not quite on the up-and-up. In this second book about Jason Stafford, Jason is hired by the family of deceased William Von Becker, an investor who was into running a Ponzi scheme. He lost billions of his customer’s money and killed himself while in prison.

Jason is hired by Von Becker’s family, his wife and four grown children to find some missing money and restore the family name. Jason’s search involves many of Jason’s former colleagues on Wall Street and some of Von Becker’s victims, including Tulio Castillo, a wealthy man from Columbia thought to be involved in the drug trade.

Jason is also the father of a young son with severe autism, an ex-wife who doesn’t make anything easier and a girlfriend. But, he prevails, with the knowledge he holds about investment banking, he makes the plot of this book extremely convincing to the reader; this is an extremely witty book with humor and sympathy at the same time. A definite keeper!!

Book Blurb for Mortal Bonds

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 4.00