Full Ratchet: A Silas Cade Thriller


In Die Hard style, Silas Cade takes his atypical brand of "auditing" from Wall Street to Main Street

Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp will want to add Silas Cade to their lineup. Cade, the tough-guy auditor antihero introduced in Clawback, employs a brand of financial reform that comes with plenty of firepower. Needing a respite from Wall Street, Cade jumps at a job opportunity in western Pennsylvania—but finds that...

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In Die Hard style, Silas Cade takes his atypical brand of "auditing" from Wall Street to Main Street

Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp will want to add Silas Cade to their lineup. Cade, the tough-guy auditor antihero introduced in Clawback, employs a brand of financial reform that comes with plenty of firepower. Needing a respite from Wall Street, Cade jumps at a job opportunity in western Pennsylvania—but finds that Main Street is just as dirty.

The job seems easy enough—check out a Pittsburgh manufacturer and file a report—but Cade quickly discovers corruption at every level. His revelations catch the attentions of hair-trigger Russian mobsters and a blonde assassin named Harmony. Cade’s estranged brother is dragged into the fray as the tension builds to bullet-riddled showdowns across defunct steel mills, forests, and Appalachian fracking fields.

Cooper again delivers a timely plot involving Wall Street greed, financial corruption, and the plight of blue-collar workers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Cooper's implausible second Silas Cade thriller (after 2012's Clawback) takes the tough guy accountant to Pittsburgh, near the home of his newly discovered long-lost brother, Dave, to audit a shady computer company, Clay Micro. Those in charge at the company don't react well to Silas's casual gun-play, castration threats, and light dismemberment, and bring in heavily armed Russian gangsters to retaliate. Silas then realizes there may be more going on than a simple case of institutional malfeasance. Worse, Silas has managed to drag Dave with him into the gun-sights of the Mafia. Armed gangs rampage at cross-purposes as Silas struggles to keep himself and his brother alive long enough to find out which of Clay Micro's secrets is worth killing for. Somewhere there is a thrilling tale of a stone-jawed two-fisted accountant fighting evil with a gun in one hand and a ledger book in the other, but this over-the-top power fantasy is not it. Agent: Heide Lange, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July)
Praise for Clawback
Praise for CLAWBACK:

"This reads like a made-for-TV movie with a pleasing mix of action, sleuthing, clever tricks, a slow-developing romance, and far-out chase scenes. A great start for what one hopes is a series character, this will appeal to anyone who likes a fast-moving thriller leavened by wit.”
Library Journal

"Cooper, 'a former financial executive,' vividly renders a gossip-fueled world where self-important one-percenters begin to carry guns to protect themselves from murderous “peasants,” anarchists, and jihadists. Clawback has intriguing characters, knowing insights into the Wall Street demimonde, a blistering pace, lots of action, and some over-the-top derring-do that may attract Hollywood."
Booklist (starred review)

“By mid-tale, Cade’s gone hand-to-hand more than once, dodged a shoot-out and arm-wrestled a helicopter before jumping into the Hudson River to save himself. Cooper’s characters will probably populate sequels… There’s much snappy, half-cynical repartee reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood cinema, including snarks about the necessity of gun control, and a firefight aboard a mega-yacht followed by a jet ski-Zodiac water pursuit. Cooper sets the action in New York City, a locale he has down pat, from neighborhood diners to the only place it’s legal to live on your boat. Arm a Hollywood hero with a Beretta and disposable cell, point him at a Gordon Gekko–type, and this book’s big screen ready.”

"Engaging ... Cooper clearly knows the investment world.”
— Publishers Weekly

"Mike Cooper’s Clawback is fantastic. If Tom Wolfe could channel Robert Ludlum, he would have written this novel. Think Bonfire of the Vanities meets The Bourne Identity and then kick it way, way up. Action, suspense, and tons of insider information. This is my kind of thriller and I can't wait for the next one. If you like Nelson DeMille, you will love Mike Cooper."
— Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black

Clawback is a great guilty pleasure. It has vivid but convincing action, a sympathetic protagonist with a specialty we haven't seen before, and plentiful antagonists we all have reason to despise. Buy it.”
— Thomas Perry, Edgar Award-winning and bestselling author of The Butcher’s Boy

"Sharp, invigorating and remarkably assured, Mike Cooper's financial thriller Clawback has done the unthinkable: it's made Oliver Stone's Wall Street look downright naïve.”
— Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestselling Beat the Reaper

“Better than a bank with wheels, Clawback reads like a rollercoaster on a financial graph! Mike Cooper’s debut novel has a narrative that’s breezy and light, kind of like the fire that backdrafts under a door before it blows off the hinges.”
— Craig Johnson, bestselling author of Hell is Empty

"Clawback is smart and savvy, and paced like a bull market rally! Silas Cade is part Jack Reacher, part Seal Team Six in the Madoffian canyons of power and greed."
— Andrew Gross, bestselling author of Reckless

"Intriguing...Clawback is definitely worth the investment."
— Associated Press

"Required reading"
New York Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670025794
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2013
  • Series: Silas Cade Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Cooper is the pseudonymn of a former financial executive. Under a different name his work has received wide recognition, including a Shamus Award, an International Thriller Writers Award nomination, and inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in Boston.

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