From one of the most inimitable writers of our generation, Jack of Spades is an exquisite, psychologically complex thriller about the opposing forces within the mind of one ambitions writer, and the line between genius and madness.
Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his twenty-eight mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly thirty countries. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades," he writes another string of novels-dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic. These are novels that the refined, upstanding Andrew Rush wouldn't be seen reading, let alone writing. Until one day, his daughter comes across a Jack of Spades novel that he has carelessly left out and begins to ask questions.
Meanwhile, Rush receives a court summons in the mail explaining that a local women has accused him of plagiarizing her own self-published fiction. Rush's reputation, career, and family life all come under threat-and unbidden, in the back of his mind, the Jack of Spades starts thinking ever more evil thoughts.
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by Joyce Carol Oates
by Joyce McDonald
by Joyce Sidman
"Author Joyce Carol Oates and narrator Joe Barrett create something irresistible to any mystery bibliophile. This audiobook has psychological delusions and literary allusions in spades. Even when you think Barrett has revealed all that's Hydeing behind the persona of the protagonist--a mystery writer who quotes with pride the reviewer who called him the gentlemen's Stephen King--it turns out you still don't know Jack. Barrett clearly revels in this character, whose thought processes careen between those of a caring, cardigan-wearing Mr. Rogers and THE SHINING's Jack Torrence (complete with ax). You might hear Barrett make a few slips when transitioning between character voices, but you just won't care. K.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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