Veronica’s mother is a Bedley Run police officer, whom I’ve come to know casually in the course of being a village merchant; her father, who used to be an officer himself (and the police chief of Ebbington, in fact), lost his life in a somewhat notorious local incident in which he was caught in a crossfire between his own officers and a group of out-of-town gamblers and loan sharks with whom he was enjoying the evening.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
The years of doubling the price on toilet paper, soap and diapers to pay the loan sharks were over.
Junot Diaz -- Drown
My cubby wasn’t registered in the Hive zoning schematic as an apartment; I’d taken over a renovated warehouse loft from a friend of mine who’d run afoul of loan sharks.
Dan Simmons -- Hyperion
Dreaming that he was Tom Hunter, being chased by loan sharks he’d stiffed for $100,000 four years ago in New York.
Ted Dekker -- Black: The Birth of Evil
The loans it could get would be the same that loan sharks commonly lend to bankrupt and fraudulent debtors—very small with an enormous interest rate.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
Something like borrowing $100,000 from a loan shark to pay off Mother’s debt and start a new business.