Black Fridays (Jason Stafford #1)
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 h
Not Your Regular Crime Fiction - 4.5 Stars
I'm not sure how I ended up with this book, but suffice to say, I enjoyed it immensely. If you read a lot of crime fiction, you may eventually get bored with the never ending stream of murders and the surprisingly common serial killer. Black Fridays offers the reader a surprising and interesting look at white collar crime.
Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street manager/trader. He lived a fast paced life ...more
Wall Street and white collar crimes that lead to murder and perhaps a little retribution in the end makes for an interesting combination, and it almost works, but not quite.
After his release from prison, Jason finds a job working for a securities firm, using his unique skills to uncover discrepancies and corruption. Jason’s personal life is also a big part of the story as he reunites with his autistic son, dubbed, ‘the kid.’ Saving th ...more
So it was surprising to me that when I got home and began putting things away, I found this book; a book which I picked up, read the blurb on the back saying "Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel Award..." and remembered, "Oh, that's why I picked this up at full paperback pric ...more
Takes advantage of two current topics - Financial crime and an autistic child - and creates a novel with two nearly separate plots. Stafford, newly released from prison after embezzling funds while a Wall Street trader, arrives home to find his ex-wife and son gone and himself unemployable. He quickly locates his family and amazingly gets a job all in the same week. What luck! He's also lucky his probation officer doesn't find out about his quick trip to Louisiana to liberate his autistic son fr...more
Beyond the wall street corruption ang ...more
Anyway, I thought the plot was good. I work in the finance area, so I could follow most of the discussion. I did find myself thinking that the jargon may be a little hard for o ...more
The pacing of Black Fridays was great for me. The audio narrator was excellent.
There were just a couple of times when I had trouble believing the protagonist's actions, and those moments pul ...more
Jason still has his apartment and some money left in his account, so, he moves back to his apartment and manages to grab a job with a securities firm on Wall Street looking into any discrepancies and corruption. Seems to be a big merger in the wor ...more
As the brother-in-law of an individual with autism, I found myself nodding along with many of the main character's feelings and observations about the latter.
The Wall Street story was gripping enough to ke ...more
The premise of this book is pretty good, but it misses the mark. The infusion of the main character's personal struggles with the main story line is clunky at best. The half-hearted attempt to throw a romantic interest into the fire could have been omitted. Ultimately, the story falls flat. Maybe it was too long? Maybe there wasn't enough action? I'm not sure. I think it was a combination of all these things that will keep me from pursuing the second book in this series.
Jason Stafford has spent the past two years in jail after being caught running a Wall Street scam. Now the unemployable trader is trying to put his life back together.
A Wall Street firm has hired him to investigate some issues which a junior trader might have had before he ac ...more
If we leave that bit of it aside, the thriller part of the plot works with all the efficiency you could require: an effective page-turner. But what makes the book so very much more ca ...more
Not only is this a good human interest story, which I normally avoid, it's an inside look at the world of tra ...more
welcome on Wall Street. But because of his financial crime knowledge
one firm wants him to quietly look for irregularities in the book
of one of their junior traders whose body was just pulled from
Long Island Sound. Raising an autistic five year old alone Jason
can't refuse this lucrative offer. This job s supposed to last two
weeks but soon he's facing threats, intimidation and more people
are dying. Now Jason must fight for his life ...more
My affection for this book was not hurt by the comfortable depictions o ...more
1) The treatment of women is pretty bad. If you're sensitive to that, best to stay away. For example: the mother of the protagonists child is an underwear model whom he met on the job. Not one nice word is said about her disposition or anything other than her body. Why would he want to get back together with her? Unclear.
2) Ultimately, this book needs you to buy into the premise that wall street traders are good, decent people. It ...more
Jason Stafford went to prison for financial shenanigans committed while he was in the investment industry. He's taken a short-term consulting job to look at the trades of a man who died in an accident. He finds something big, and is in danger as a result. At the same time, he has taken custody of his autistic son, "The Kid". The autism thread is fascinating, showing the challenges of parenting an autistic child. The financial stuff is understandable. A very good debut.
Based in the world of Wall Street, this is a great paced thriller that hooks you on the first page & keeps you engaged throughout. The characters are flawed, likable and have depth.
I'm a big reader of crime drama / thrillers and I can say this is the best I have read in a very long time.