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"Clawback is fantastic! Action, suspense, and tons of insider information. This is my kind of thriller and I can't wait for the next one. "
-- Brad Thor, #1 NYT Bestseller


"Vivid and convincing."
-- Thomas Perry, NYT Bestseller

"Sharp, invigorating and remarkably assured."
-- Josh Bazell, Beat the Reaper

"A rollercoaster!"
-- Craig Johnson, Hell is Empty

"Smart and savvy."
-- Andrew Gross, NYT Bestseller

About the Author

Mike Cooper is the pen name of a former jack-of-all-trades. Winner of a Shamus Award for his short fiction, he was also nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award for a previous novel, published under another name. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was young, I always wanted to be somewhere else.

My family moved around some in the early years: Boston to New Hampshire to Wisconsin, then finally to central Missouri. We took camping trips in the summer. Columbia was a fine place to grow up, but when I was eighteen, well, it was one coast or the other.

After college, I spent several years abroad, working in Japan and traveling around the Pacific Rim. On the cheap -- "goat class," as they say in Indonesia. I've hitchhiked through northeast Asia, taken a freighter to Bora Bora, overlanded to Tibet, backpacked across Tasmania, and climbed Mt. Kinabalu on Borneo.

That seems like a long time ago.

In Boston I've had all sorts of jobs. I worked for the city's transit agency, on an ambulance, at the food co-op -- the novelist's requisite, eclectic background. The professional resume includes some finance jobs, a graduate degree from MIT's Sloan School, and a stint as VP at Fidelity Investments. That was my last nine-to-five job.

When our daughter was born, we decided I'd stay home with her. We had another child, a few years later, and my wife still works outside the home. They're in grade school now. I write when I can, cook, procrastinate, and spend a lot of time at the playground.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Clawback refers to "the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that later goes bad." Silas Cade collects clawback from hedge fund managers and other bigwigs of the financial world who might not otherwise be inclined to pay. His logo, if he had one, would be "a green eyeshade crossed by a 9 mil." When Cade's latest client is murdered, a new client -- after concluding that the deaths of two other spectacularly unsuccessful money managers might be connected to the most recent murder -- hires Cade to find the killer. Notable contributions to the plot come from a female financial blogger (beautiful, of course), a disgruntled forger, and a couple of tough guys who have surprisingly well rounded personalities.

Cade is the kind of action hero I like. He lives in the shadows, "in circumstances of tenuous legality," yet is endlessly frustrated by the impossibility of living off the grid in an urban environment. He's tough but not sadistic; moral but not obedient to inconvenient laws. Unlike any number of one-note buffoonish vigilantes who populate thriller world, Cade has intellect, an interesting personality, and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Unlike his wealthy clients, he's well grounded. His running commentary on life, sardonic yet perceptive, is reason enough to read Clawback.

Clawback is intelligently plotted. The motivation for the various murders is plausible. The solution to the mystery is clever. And oh happy day, Cade manages to make it through the novel without once turning to a gifted computer hacker for assistance. That in itself makes this thriller stand apart from its contemporary competitors.

Mike Cooper's lucid prose contributes to the novel's rapid pace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agnes Trueheart on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Silas Cade had me hooked from the first page. For a guy who never set out to be a part of the financial world, he's got it all figured out, including his own take on who the bad guys are. A sort of gun for hire, he blasts through Wall Street's bungled mess while trying to stay off the grid, a task that proves as impossible as resisting the ferociously determined (and smart and pretty) blogger who dogs him. Lots of action, lots of smarts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on June 23, 2012
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Mike Cooper's CLAWBACK is a smart, fast-paced thriller starring Silas Cade, a different kind of thriller hero. Cade has the appropriate background -- murky military stuff of the black ops variety -- and he demonstrates his fast thinking and fighting ability throughout the book; but he's also a Wall Street accounting with great brains and a seemingly endless supply of ever-ringing throwaway cell phones. But this is no run-of-the-mill ex-military, genius accountant. Cade's a high-stakes leg breaker, setting stuff straight not over 200 dollar shylock deals but multi-million dollar scams. In CLAWBACK, he's contracted to find out who's knocking off investment bankers -- and he enters the dangerous, twisting world of Mike Cooper's intelligent plot.

It's not just the plot that's smart. Cooper's writing is sharp yet smooth, and his characters, Cade and the supporting cast alike, are well-developed and nicely orchestrated, bringing every page of the book to life. The humor's smart, too, providing a nice counter-balance for the action scenes, which set the story afire.

These action scenes are made for the big screen. The fighting scenes, the chase scenes, and especially a central scene that combines both of these elements -- and a helicopter! -- scream "blockbuster movie!" I hope I'm right. That's a movie I'd love to see.

All in all, I'd highly recommend CLAWBACK to thriller and mystery fans, and most pointedly to anyone looking for a fresh take on thrillers and thriller heroes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Roberts on July 30, 2013
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Bad fund managers are dying. Truly hated Bernie Madoff types. So why should anyone care? They deserved it? Enter Silas Cooper, accountant with a gun. Silas knows wall street, and he knows the underground. Silas doesn't mind breaking the law to sleuth out clues. Or make someone pay their bill.

Someone else's review complained that the wall street jargon was excessive but I'm not sure what they were talking about. The word "stock future" was mentioned maybe once, and "excessive leverage" was probably mentioned. And um, "hedge fund manager". That's about it. It wasn't really significant to the plot. The word "Clawback" itself was a new word for me but of course that was explained (demonstrated really) as it *was* integral to the story.

Anyway, a very easy read, fast paced, page turner with interesting characters and plot. And a love interest of course. All in all a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Swanson on December 29, 2013
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It is a pleasure to read someone who can tell a good story rather than trying to impress the reader with his powerful observations of the human condition or endlessly describing sexual encounters with women, all of whom are beautiful, sexy, and rich. Silas Cade is, of course too good to be true, Superman sans cape, but it is a lot of fun watching him stay alive. Cooper 's writing is crisp and clean and his pacing never flags.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert and Olivia McKean on August 29, 2013
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Mike Cooper takes a different and timely approach to the thriller with a hero who is a financial whiz. Both Clawback and Full Ratchet are worth your time and money. Enjoy!
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