Black Fridays

By Michael Sears

Sometimes a guy could be redeemed. yet no longer within the manner he expects.

Jason Stafford is a former Wall highway hotshot who made a few undesirable strikes, paid the expense with years in criminal, and is now attempting to positioned his lifestyles again jointly. He’s unemployable, till an funding enterprise asks him to appear into attainable difficulties left by way of a junior dealer who died lately in an coincidence. What he discovers is gigantic – there are difficulties, very well, the sort that get you killed.

yet it’s now not his purely challenge. Stafford has one other quest in addition: to reclaim his five-year-old son, “the Kid,” from his risky ex-wife, after which research simply what it potential to make a existence with him. The issues Stafford discovers approximately himself within the method are each bit as gripping as his research, and whilst the 2 threads of his lifestyles come jointly – the consequences are unforgettable.

Black Fridays marks the arriving of a amazing new writer.

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