A heart-racing legal and financial thriller that will keep you turning pages all night long!

Kansas City attorney Josephina Jillian Jones (3J to her friends) is no stranger to difficult cases. In the past, she’s dealt with liars, felons, unscrupulous lenders . . . even white supremacists.

This time, a company that builds inner city housing for marginalized communities needs her help when its longtime banking partner shuts off funding. At first, the case looks tame by comparison. But when the bank president mysteriously vanishes and his greed-driven brother, with the help of the Kansas City mob, seems the likely culprit, it throws 3J into a labyrinth of danger and deceit. The race is on to save both the company and the bank president.

In this fast-paced thriller, former bankruptcy lawyer Mark Shaiken weaves an intricate narrative of action, danger, and the quest for justice in an explosive tale of heart-pounding suspense.

For an electrifying, legal and financial thriller of epic cinematic proportions, start reading Cram Down today.



3J and Pascale are back and file bankruptcy cases for six Kansas City jazz clubs that have somehow managed to survive the Covid pandemic. Now they must battle an unknown enemy who runs an anonymous disinformation campaign on social media to try to put the clubs out of business. Will they be able to stop the campaign in time to save the clubs and keep jazz alive in the city?


Skyscraper developer, Quincy Witherman, has continued his family’s two-hundred-year practice of hiding assets in Switzerland. Now, needing protection from his creditors, he hires bankruptcy lawyer Josephina Jillian Jones – 3J – but fails to disclose the Swiss assets to 3J, his bankers, the IRS, and the bankruptcy court … all felonies. 3J knows in her gut that something is wrong. So does Witherman’s banker, Stacy Milnes.


Many enter the world of law without a true calling. Did I relish being an attorney or thrive in the firm life? Absolutely not! Through humor and insight, this book chronicles my journey before, during, and after a 41-year stint in the legal arena. It’s a candid read for law students, practicing attorneys, or anyone linked to or intrigued by the legal profession.


A committee of creditors hires 3J, one of whom is the leader of a White Nationalist organization on the government’s domestic terrorist list. When the member realizes he will not get paid back everything he is owed, he blames 3J, a black attorney, and opposing counsel, a Jewish attorney. How far will the hater go to get paid back and what steps will he take to do so in the name of White Nationalism?




Mark lives with his wife Loren and their dog Emily in Denver Colorado. He schooled at Haverford College and Washburn University, and practiced commercial bankruptcy law for almost 4 decades before moving on to writing, board service, and his photography and music.