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Black Fridays (edition 2012)

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Title:Black Fridays
Authors:Michael Sears
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Hardcover, 341 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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The first in a crime series, this novel features a financial trader who has just been released after serving 2 years in jail. He is hired by a firm to uncover any financial irregularities prior to an anticipated SEC investigation after the suspicious death of one of its traders. More interesting to me than the mystery was the protagonist's relationship with his autistic son, "the Kid", his efforts to obtain custody from his unstable ex=wife, and his coming to terms with the trials of living with an autistic child. As a crime novel, this book was barely ok. As a father/son story it was half-way decent. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Feb 28, 2017 |
What a surprisingly good book! I picked this up in the Barnes and Noble clearance section with little hope that it would be good and I actually ended up with a winner! Very well written, characters that are fully drawn and impossible not to become engaged with - just an all around great read. This book also depicts autism in a very realistic, respectful way. I know many of us were hoping that the last book from [a:Lisa Genova|978484|Lisa Genova|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1223921088p2/978484.jpg], [b:Love Anthony|13547381|Love Anthony|Lisa Genova|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1339757265s/13547381.jpg|19112521] would fit that bill of telling a great story about autism, and in my opinion it failed miserably. Nevertheless, this was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
It shows when an author 'writes what they know'. Well done and I second Jonathan Kellerman in that this is a compelling, beautifully written thriller. ( )
  kalyhi | Aug 10, 2016 |
Former Wall Street trader, Jason Stafford, has just been released from federal prison having served two years.m. Blackballed by every trading firm, he is hired by a company to investigate the trading of a young man who has just turned up dead. Along with the investigation, he must also work to help his autistic son. ( )
  creighley | Feb 24, 2015 |
Jason Stafford went to Prison for his crimes and paid his dues. Now he is out and wanting to get his life back on track. He wants to reconnect with his ex wife and son. Which was the plan from the get go. Jason had her all set up with money to care for herself and her son and enough for them to get started when he was in the clear. However things do not always go as planned.

Jason tries to contact his ex wife and she wants nothing to do with him anymore. She has remarried and pawned their autistic son off on her elderly mother. Who has come to know little Jason's (Kid) routine however he doesn't get out much and is kept in a dark room. Jason goes to Louisiana to pick up his son and try to reconnect with him and has no idea how but gets some help and starts actually learning from the Kid things he never realized in his life.

He learns that someone wants him to work for them even after his stint and actions in the trading business the reason he went to prison and gets himself into more than he bargained for. Murder's, kidnappings and excitement all rolled into one.

For me it started out a little slow in the first couple of chapters however as the book moves along I became more engrossed. Good read. ( )
  MonicaLynn | Oct 4, 2013 |
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Struggling to rebuild his life after a two-year prison term for unscrupulous choices, former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford is tapped by an investment firm to investigate the suspicious death of a junior trader.

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