Published September 2023

Published September 2023

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.


“Richly drawn, with cinematic flair and vibrant details make scenes and settings leap off the page, fully immersing you as if you were part of the unfolding plot. . . . Mark Shaiken demonstrates a writing style that is both sophisticated and engaging, masterfully balancing narrative complexity with thematic depth.”

Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views

“There are plenty of twists throughout the narrative, and the cat-and-mouse game . .  keeps the pages flying. . . . Your next-must-read legal thriller.”

Lily Andrews for Reader Views

“Shaiken . . . strike(s) gold a fourth time . . . with a glittering new story.”

Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite

“Shaiken’s thriller, Cram Down, is extraordinary. I was intrigued from the first page until the end. All the twists and turns had me guessing until the end.”

Alma Boucher for Readers’ Favorite

“. . . deep and crafted in such a manner that the reader has to connect the dots. In true Shaiken style, an appreciation for history is highlighted and the suspense is amped up from start to finish ensuring the reader is immersed in this riveting account. . . . Cram Down is an exciting tale that provides as much drama in the courtroom as outside on the streets which makes it the perfect story for the avid lovers of the suspense genre.”

Essien Asian for Readers’ Favorite

“. . . a winding crime plot that’s enriched and deepened by touching on issues of human greed, power play, violence, class, and race. . . . A captivating crime yarn set in red-hot Kansas City.”

Prairies Review