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Michael Sears


"Action-packed series launch...Razor-edged prose, sharply defined characters, and a fast-paced plot boost this noir-wrought drama." --Publishers Weekly

"Sears makes real estate law as sexy and dangerous as international intrigue." –- Kirkus

“The first in a new series by Shamus Award–winner Sears is full of terrific writing and richly developed characters . . . [Sears's] Jason Stafford financial thrillers have made quite an impression with critics and readers, and this new series promises to be just as strong.” --Booklist

"A contemporary Philip Marlowe comes to Queens in this wonderfully engaging caper--a brilliantly character-driven mystery--set in the seedy street corners and seedier courthouses of New York. Michael Sears, master of financial secrets, spins a non-stop pursuit of not-quite-illegal big bucks and the power that goes with them--and the wisecracking wise guys who will stop at nothing to grab it all. Sears absolutely nails the voice of his endearingly vulnerable tarnished-lawyer turned sletuh--TOWER OF BABEL is a terrific book." --Hank Phillilppi Ryan, nationally best-selling and award-winning author of THE MURDER LIST

"TOWER OF BABEL is so full of New York characters and locations that you'd swear it was written on asphalt...A fast-moving and, because it involves corrupt politicians and shady real estate developers, completely believable plot." --SJ Rozan, best-selling author of PAPER SON

“Michael Sears is a born storyteller, whose sardonic wit, documentarian’s eye for detail, and unflagging sense of empathy I’ve long admired. Tower of Babel is another crackerjack entry into his catalogue, an intricate, original, and more-than-a-little-seedy underdog story that kept me up long past my bedtime, my palms sweaty and my every nerve on edge as I raced through the pages toward the climactic—and wholly satisfying—throwdown. Sears is a master at creating tension; once this book sinks its hooks into you, it won't let you go.” —Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of DECEPTION COVE 


"Through four novels, Sears has shown he'll go to astonishing lengths to avoid making his hero, Jason Stafford, one more cookie-cutter PI...Sears delicately intertwines three distinct plot strands...Sears outdoes himself." --Booklist, Starred Review

"Sears's exciting fourth novel featuring disgraced Wall Street trader Joason Stafford...Stafford is a flawed protagonist who is resourceful and touchingly vulnerable." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for LONG WAY DOWN

"It is not a stretch to say that LONG WAY DOWN will be one of the best thrillers of 2015. The story has a touch of kindness and love, as well as twists and turns based on absolute greed and corruption, making this a thriller that will be unforgettable for suspense fans everywhere." --Suspense Magazine

"As soon as Stafford tears into his new assignment, a buzz starts that won't let go. The tension and suspense are genuine and gripping." --Booklist, Starred Review

"If someone had told me one of my favorite new series would be about a disgraced Wall Street trader turned financial wrongdoings investigator, I would not have put money on it. But Michael Sears' Jason Stafford series is so compelling you'll be turning pages even if all you balance is your checkbook." --Cleveland Plain Dealer


"Sears is terrific at generating momentum and suspense." --Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review

"This stunning first thrilling and haunting at once." --Booklist, Starred Review

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