Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Chapter Review: The Kafka Society by Ron Felber

I received a copy of the first chapter of Ron Felber's new Jack Madson thriller, The Kafka Society, from the author's publicist.

BLURB:  After a night of clubbing, Jack has no memory of how stripper, Amber Starr got into his bed. Great sex doesn’t make up for the discovery of a severed head in the trunk of his Mustang convertible. Is Madson a murderer? Before that question can be answered he finds himself helping old high school nemesis, Tom Dougherty, FBI’s head of East Coast Operations, to get disentangled from a blackmail scam set up by porn queen Havana Spice. Reluctantly, Madson agrees and it's through Havana that the mask is lifted from Dougherty to expose him as head of a criminal organization that specializes in the most monstrous of enterprises: global human trafficking, run from the underground tunnels beneath New York City, directed by a coterie of intellectual thugs known as the Kafka Society. Once again, the reader follows Madson through a wealth of evil and exotic pleasures before the exciting conclusion of this thrilling page turner.

COVER: Perfect for the genre. Having read the first chapter, I can say this black cover equals the dark content. Love the font used for the title, and that red is a nice contrast. If you look at the cover for the first book in this series, you'll see the black cover with red and yellow contrasts is used there too.

FIRST CHAPTER: It's Christmas week. Jack Madson is waiting for his chronically late hot shot attorney to make an appearance. How he got where he is, he's not quite sure. But he sure knows who's to blame.

KEEP READING: I enjoyed Felber's tight, edgy writing in A Man of Indeterminate Value, the first book in this series. He returns with another thrilling adventure for Jack Madson that immediately draws you into Jack's world. While the first chapter is primarily backstory, it's important and engaging backstory. Jack is giving you a glimpse into how he wound up in this less than admirable position. Just enough hints are dropped that by the end you have no choice but to continue. Felber has grabbed you hook, line, and sinker. Now he's reeling you in. Superb writing and what looks like an excellent plot along with a fascinating first person narrator, make this a fabulous addition to the genre.

Series: A Jack Madson Novel
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Barricade Books (May 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1569805105
ISBN-13: 978-1569805107

This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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