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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Sears Narrator: Erik Bergmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jason Stafford Series Release Date:
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Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • Black Fridays has it all: superb writing, a riveting plot, and a hero I'm still thinking about days afterwards. A must read!” 

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s been awhile since I’ve read a pop thriller so immediately captivating…[and I am] anxiously waiting for Sears’ next book.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “This stunning first novel…is one of the year’s finest crime debuts. The writing is fresh and vivid…[and] the book is thrilling and haunting at once.”


  • “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.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Selected for the October 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First P.I. Novel
  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Deborah | 2/14/2014

    " There was a lot that I did like: the investigation into trading irregularities on Wall Street, the New York location, learning to live with and nurture an autistic five year old boy, the characters in the local bar.... The protagonist, Jayson Stafford, was a big stumbling block: his reasons for the trading decisions that sent him to prison, his choice in wives, his decision-making. While all of that was supposed to be part of the context of the book, it was the least enjoyable, understandable part, to the detriment of the overall production. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lois | 2/14/2014

    " Picked this one up on niece's recommendation (thanks, Heather). Based in the morass of Wall Street and a slightly-repentant white collar criminal is asked to look into trades at another firm. Delicate rendering of dealing with a son's autism disorder combined with a fast paced 'caper' tone. Unlike "Ghosts of Manhattan" where the protagonist is 'ohsobetterthanthou' this one actually understands where it all went wrong for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Collins | 2/10/2014

    " Well-written, excellent sophisticated plot line. I strongly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 2/3/2014

    " It was an interesting story. I particularly liked the part of the story that dealt with 'The Kid'. "

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