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Review: 'Clawback' is worth the investment

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:46 AM

"Clawback" (Viking), by Mike Cooper

Wall Street greed and revenge collide in "Clawback," an intriguing thriller from Mike Cooper.

Silas Cade lives off the grid as much as possible. With his background in military ops and accounting, he has become the perfect man for getting the job done when it comes to large amounts of money.

He constantly changes his identity after each mission so he's free from retribution. He receives an assignment to retrieve almost $10 million as clawback, a guaranteed sanctioned payout, and he's quick to get the money back. But when he visits his client to tell him the news, Cade finds that the client has been murdered.

Cade's life turns sour fast. Investment bankers are being assassinated, and Cade watches friends and enemies take bullets. With the help of a young blogger named Clara Dawson, Cade begins to unravel a shocking conspiracy. As Cade tries to stop the murders, he breaks a cardinal rule in his profession: He falls in love with Dawson.

Abuse by greedy Wall Street bankers will resonate with many readers. Cade, though enigmatic in his life and profession, proves to be a perfect protagonist to follow on an action-packed and thrilling journey. The romance adds to the realistic feel of a novel that could have easily gone over the line into campiness or satire.

"Clawback" is definitely worth the investment.

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