By Joyce Carol Oates
From the most extremely popular writers of her iteration, JACK OF SPADES is a psychologically complicated mystery that examines the high quality line among genius and madness.
Andrew J. Rush has accomplished the type of advertisement luck such a lot authors basically dream approximately: a most sensible agent, writer in long island, and twenty-eight secret novels to his identify. He has a loving spouse, 3 grown young ones, and is recognized in his small New Jersey city for his generosity.
But Andrew's hiding a dismal mystery. lower than the psudonym Jack of Spades, he had penned one other string of novels - darkish, violent, masochistic stories of homicide, lust and madness.
When a court docket order arrives accusing him of plagarism, Rush fears his mystery can be uncovered. Unbidden, at the back of his brain, the Jack of Spades starts off plotting his survival.
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Der Gemeindechor sang sich wacker durch mittelalterliche Choräle und moderne Wiegenlieder, die durch den geschmückten Raum schwebten, als sei nur Frieden in der Welt. Er sang gegen Finsternis und Kälte, gegen graues Elend und schwarzen Kummer an. Die nahe Geburt des neuen Gottes schien alles Böse zu vertreiben, eine Linie zwischen gestern und heute, zwischen Dunkelheit und kommendem Licht zu ziehen. Ethan schaute und lauschte, stimmte in die Choräle ein, wo dies erwartet wurde, erinnerte sich und versuchte zugleich zu vergessen.
Gerald nickte. « Gerald zuckte die Achseln. �Weiß ich noch nicht. Hab nicht darüber nachgedacht. « �Du weißt, dass wir das ausgeschlossen haben«, antwortete Chips und hob das Glas an die Lippen. Er war ein hochgewachsener Mann, schon etwas gebückt, aber drahtig, als hätten seine Muskeln an Kraft und Elastizität nichts eingebüßt. «, fragte Gerald. « Chips zuckte die Schultern. �Wir sind froh, dass du sie aufbewahrst. Aber du wirst immer älter – wie wir alle. Es ist an der Zeit, dass wir eine neue Möglichkeit finden.
Er konnte einen Tag dauern oder auch eine Woche. Niemand vermochte das genau zu sagen. Alle Männer der Patrouille waren alte Hasen, die sich mit Wüstenwinden auskannten. Zur LRDG wurde keiner genommen, der nicht mit ein paar Unannehmlichkeiten zurechtkam. Die Briten, Neuseeländer, Australier oder Inder gehörten allesamt zu der merkwürdigen Art Mensch, der die leeren Weiten und die glühende Hitze der Sahara mehr bedeuteten als ihre Heimatorte, ob nun die Home Counties bei London, das neuseeländische Wellington oder das indische Calcutta.