Summary (from Goodreads):
“A tough, topical financial thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of Wall Street.
After a stint in the Middle East, black ops vet Silas Cade becomes an “accountant”-the go-to for financiers who need things done quickly, quietly, and by any means necessary. Silas is hired by a major player to pay a visit to a hedge fund manager to demand clawback: the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that goes bad. But before Cade can tell his client that he got his ten million back, the guy turns up dead.
And he’s not the first. Someone’s killing investment bankers whose funds have gone south. Silas’s scrubbed identity, and his insider’s perspective, makes him the ideal shadow man to track down whoever’s murdering some of the most hated managers on Wall Street. With the aid of a beautiful financial blogger looking to break her first big story, Silas tracks a violent security crew who may be the key to the executions. But as paranoia and panic spread, he begins to wonder: is the threat coming from inside the game-or out?
With breakneck pacing, nonstop action, and cutting edge details of today’s financial intelligence technology, Clawback hurtles to its final twist, a gripping contemporary tale of shady finance, venal corruption, and greed run rampant.”
This is definitely an interesting book, but it took me what felt like forever to get into it. (I’m going to be honest, I think “financial intrigue” is a little bit smarter than I am. I’m not sure if the problem is that Mike Cooper assumed the average reader is smarter than they actually are or if it’s just that I’m dumb about stuff like this. Either way, the first part of this book left me so completely lost.)
Once the book got going, however, WOW. It got amazingly good and suspenseful. It became worth the painful slog it took me to get to that point. (But it wasn’t quite as bad as the first 100 pages or so of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.)
If you can be patient (or know more about banking/the financial world than I do), there is a lot to enjoy here.