Long Way Down by Michael Sears
Series: #3 in the Jason Stafford series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: 2015
Source: copy provided by the publisher
The Short Version:
Financial investigator Jason Stafford investigates a possible case of insider trading that turns out to be far more dangerous than he expected.
Why I Read It:
I really enjoy this series. Jason is a great parent to his autistic son while at the same time a financial investigator. It’s nice to have stories that aren’t a rehash of old tired mystery suspense plots.
From the publisher:
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.
It does make him dangerous to be around, though. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover, secrets people would kill for. And that’s exactly what happens. Soon, it is Stafford himself who is under attack and, worse, his family—his fiancée, his young son—and he is a fugitive, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of both the killers and the law.
Jason Stafford has served his time in prison for some shady trading tactics. He’s now working as a financial investigator and raising his autistic son. Michael Sears does a great job of keeping the financial details of the case interesting and accessible for folks who didn’t major in finance. There’s action and smart dialog but there’s also “The Kid”. Jason’s got a steep and ever changing learning curve when it comes to The Kid’s needs.
In this entry in the series Jason was on the road and away from his son more than in the previous two books. The Kid was left in the care of his nanny or Jason’s girlfriend but I did enjoy every time he re-entered the story.
This one has plenty of chase scenes and action as Jason tracks down clues and interviews those involved. Some of it is a little over the top but it’s still a fun and suspenseful read.
Did Philip Haley do what he’s accused of? Jason isn’t so sure but with every clue the case becomes more complex and generates more questions than answers. Is anyone telling Jason the truth? And can he keep his family safe until he finds out?
My preference is to read series in order but this one could easily work as a standalone if you haven’t read the first two.