Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates audiobook

Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense

By Joyce Carol Oates
Read by Joe Barrett

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665153102

  • ISBN: 9781665153089

  • ISBN: 9781665153096

Runtime: 4.85 Hours
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An O Magazine Best Book of the Season's Mysteries and Thrillers

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Spring 2015

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Oates’s latest suspense tale follows the psychic takeover of Andrew J. Rush…by the secret persona he uses to pen lurid genre novels. For added fun, Oates garnishes this machismo-laden struggle with a leavening pinch of one of her favorite feminist topics: witchcraft.” O, The Oprah Magazine
Jack of Spades[is] the distinguished novelist’s latest example of disturbing but compelling psychological suspense. Oates is smooth—so smooth that readers barely notice how she tightens her silken noose of a plot around their throats.” Seattle Times
“A chilling thriller…Gothic in its paranoia but thoroughly modern in its observations on fame’s destructive powers.” Bustle magazine
“Sleek and suspenseful…Readers are sure to be gripped and unsettled by [Oates’s] depiction of a seemingly mild-mannered character whose psychopathology simmers frighteningly close to the surface.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A great psychological noir novel…[A] tour de force…This tale of suspense makes for another high-caliber Oatesian outing, displaying flair, noir sophistication, and [Stephen] King-like flourishes.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A mystery writer slowly becomes subsumed by his dark alter ego in Oates’ tale of literary madness…With its homages to Poe…and the horror masters Jack of Spades so admires, this latest unsettling and chilling thriller from Oates does not disappoint.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Joyce Carol Oates

Author Bio: Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, plays, and novellas, is the author of some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including two New York Times bestsellers. Her books have won the National Book Award, O. Henry Award, the Jerusalem Prize, and the National Humanities Medal, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize several times. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

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Author Bio: Joe Barrett

Author Bio: Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 4.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English