Books by Michael Sears
Tower of Babel
Winner of the 2022 Nero Award!
A touch of noir in Queens, NY
The first in an entirely new series from the author of Black Fridays and the Jason Stafford novels.
Queens, New York, the most culturally and ethnically diverse place on the planet. Ted Molloy was once a high-powered Manhattan attorney, but after a monumental fall, he now ekes out a living as a foreclosure profiteer.
Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who got caught in an out-of-control financial situation, paid the price with two years of prison, and now is trying to put his life back together again. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible irregularities left by a junior trader who recently died in an accident.
Book Two in the Jason Stafford Series
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...
Long Way Down
Book Three in the Jason Stafford Series
Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, is still changing him, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesn’t think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says he’s been set up. Haley does indeed have enemies. He is not a nice man. Doesn’t make him a criminal.
Book Four in the Jason Stafford Series
Jason Stafford used to be a hot Wall Street trader, went too far, and paid for it in prison. Now a financial investigator, he’s been asked to look into rumors of a hostile takeover of his firm, but he has no idea it will turn his whole life upside down.