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David Hagberg and Lawrence Light

Forge Books


The second Great Depression is coming. The world’s economies are groaning under too much debt. If one thing goes wrong, the entire rickety system collapses.

Now, acclaimed award-winning New York Times bestselling novelist David Hagberg and renowned financial reporter Lawrence Light have combined forces to dramatize—hour by hour—how this all-too-real catastrophe could go down in Crash.

With debt-burdened governments and businesses worldwide about to go bust, a cabal of Wall Street big shots plot to destroy the globe’s stock exchanges. To provide that one thing that goes wrong. In 24 hours, a powerful computer worm will smash the exchanges and spark an international panic, pushing a debt-laden world into the abyss. The Wall Street gang’s investment bank will be the last one standing, able to make a killing amid the ruins.

But one person, who works for their bank as a computer expert, spots the worm embedded deep in its network. Cassy Levin invents a program to destroy the cyber-intruder. Angered by Cassy’s discovery, her bosses order her kidnapping.

Her boyfriend, a former Navy SEAL, is alarmed at Cassy’s disappearance and unravels the plot. Ben Whalen only has until the next morning to save the woman he loves and prevent the economic apocalypse.

This story is based on the genuine threat posed by towering debt, which will make the 2008 financial crisis look puny.


Ben Whalen had known for the past two weeks that something was eating at his girlfriend, Cassy Levin, and he was almost certain it had to do with her work on the cybersecurity floor at Burnham Pike, the nation’s premier investment...

Praise for Crash

“A riveting, must-read story that couldn’t be more timely!” —Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of Assassin’s Revenge

“In these times where reality too often surpasses fiction, David Hagberg and Lawrence Light have managed to weave a course of events in their financial thriller Crash that manages both to surprise and leave us wondering– will this be the next shoe to drop?” —H.T. Narea, author of financial thriller, The Fund

“Sex, violence, suspense, intrigue, drama, catastrophe, the end of Wall Street (almost) as we know it—what’s not to like?” —James Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer

“A frightening doomsday scenario.” —Publishers Weekly

“A grade-A thriller.” —Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

David Hagberg and Lawrence Light

David Hagberg (1947-2019) was a New York Times bestselling author who published numerous novels of suspense, including his bestselling thrillers featuring former CIA director Kirk McGarvey, which include Abyss, The Cabal, The Expediter, and Allah’s Scorpion. He earned a nomination for the American Book Award, three nominations for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and three Mystery Scene Best American Mystery awards. He spent more than thirty years researching and studying US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Hagberg joined the Air Force out of high school, and during the height of the Cold War, he served as an Air Force cryptographer.

Lawrence Light is an award-winning financial journalist who now works as an editor and writer for CBS Moneywatch. Previously, he has served as: editor-in-chief of investing site; investing editor of the Wall Street Journal; finance editor of Forbes and Money; and the corporate finance reporter for Business Week, where he won the National Magazine Award. He started his news career as a police reporter at the Long Island daily Newsday, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Light is also the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, where he now serves as treasurer and a national board member. He has been an Edgar judge several times, and most recently served as chief judge for PBOs. His short stories have appeared in numerous outlets, such as Wall Street Noir, Thriller 2, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

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