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Jack of Spades

Fiction: Mystery / Suspense & Thriller
Unabridged   4.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/05/2015

Jack of Spades

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622319336
Digital Download ISBN:9781622319343


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 ambitious writer, and the line between genius and madness.

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Product Description

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, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. 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 novelsdark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic. These are novels that the refined, upstanding Andrew Rush wouldnt 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 woman has accused him of plagiarizing her own self-published fiction. Rushs reputation, career, and family life all come under threatand unbidden, in the back of his mind, the Jack of Spades starts thinking ever more evil thoughts.


“Oates is simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned.”
      —Gillian Flynn

“A writer of extraordinary strengths.”
      —The Guardian

“If the phrase 'woman of letters' existed, Joyce Carol Oates would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it.”
      —John Updike

“Oates has spun a complex web of unsettling suspense in this psychological thriller, which is perfectly matched to Barrett’s flawless narration...This is a quick but gripping listening experience.”
      —Starred Booklist Review [September 15, 2015]

Author Bio

In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, JOYCE CAROL OATES is the author of a number of works of award-winning gothic fiction. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.