From Joyce Carol Oates, a phenomenal, psychologically advanced mystery approximately opposing forces in the brain of 1 formidable author and the fragile line among genius and madness.

Andrew J. Rush has accomplished the type of severe and advertisement luck such a lot authors basically dream approximately: He has a best agent and writer in manhattan, and his twenty-eight secret novels have bought thousands of copies. basically Stephen King, one of many few secret writers whose repute exceeds his personal, is in a position to inspiring a twinge of envy in Rush. yet Rush is hiding a gloomy mystery. lower than the pseudonym "Jack of Spades," he pens one other string of novels—noir thrillers which are violent, lurid, masochistic. those are novels that the upstanding Rush would not be stuck interpreting, not to mention writing. while his daughter comes throughout a Jack of Spades novel he has carelessly passed over, she selections it up and starts off to invite questions. in the meantime, Rush gets a courtroom summons within the mail explaining neighborhood lady has accused him of plagiarizing her personal self-published fiction. ahead of lengthy, Rush's popularity, occupation, and family members lifestyles all come below threat—and in his brain he starts off to listen to the taunting voice of the Jack of Spades.

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The place either have been cherished, now there has been yet one. in spite of everything, Irina went on my own to the hospice. couldn't hazard being rejected through my father over again. Is it lonely, sure it's lonely. over the years it's been lonely. i believe of ways Evan could have enjoyed many stuff on the planet he had no longer but noticeable. And it used to be now not my fault yet yet—it was once my fault. if truth be told, it was once governed an twist of fate. not anyone blamed me. not anyone blamed me to my face. 25 excellent news! yet there has been excellent news for Jack of Spades. the hot novel Scourge obtained starred experiences in different courses and online—now reviewers have been evaluating Jack of Spades to Stephen King! A extra visceral, take-no-prisoners Stephen King. flow over, Stephen King! Jack of Spades is at the scene. additionally, there has been enthusiasm between booksellers—orders have been reportedly better than for any prior name via Jack of Spades. (Embarrassingly close to the orders for Andrew Rush’s most up-to-date ebook, in truth. ) was once this humorous? used to be this ironic? should still i've got felt delight, or chagrin? because the ax attack—(I’d come to consider the violent episode in Haider’s residence as an assault upon my individual, essentially—which I’d needed to protect myself against)—my skill to pay attention had perceptibly deteriorated. My skill to work out the “humor” in so much issues, certainly the “happiness” in issues. Admit it, Andy Rush: you’re jealous of Jack of Spades. And extremely joyful, and a bit scared. sure? “This ‘Jack of Spades’! —he’s disgusting. ” unintentionally I occurred to overhear my daughter Julia complaining to Irina about—evidently—another novel she’d simply learn by way of the “mystery author,” evidently with no my encouragement. It was once a resource of dismay to me, and a few resentment, that my fastidious feminist-daughter endured in interpreting what she referred to as “macho-sadist trash,” possibly with the intention to denounce it, whereas she by no means took time to learn my way more critical and uplifting secret novels within which evil humans have been duly punished and “good” humans rewarded. How i needed I’d quick saved away these damned paperbacks of Jack of Spades, that Julia had visible in my writing room months in the past! It have been sheer carelessness on my half to go away them in undeniable sight. Come off it, Andy. You’d sought after the one you love daughter to determine my books. You’d have cherished Irina to note too, yet your spouse has different issues on her brain those days—and nights. The voice used to be jeering, confiding. notwithstanding I knew that it was once no longer actually a “voice” but I stood very nonetheless, head reduced, listening. you recognize that, Andy—don’t you? No. didn't comprehend. definite you do. Irina and her Asian lover. within the different room Julia used to be describing to Irina the “preposterous plot” of Prepostmortem, and Irina looked to be listening. or perhaps Irina, brain somewhere else, wasn’t hearing our daughter’s vehement objections yet simply courteously murmuring in reaction. Prepostmortem was once the second one identify by means of Jack of Spades, or perhaps the 3rd. Offhand, I couldn’t have given the book date. The plot, just like the name, had come to me out of nowhere. “I attempted to inform Daddy yet he refused to hear.

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