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The Concealers

The Concealers

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by James Kaufman

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Katherine Kelly's mentor says she has the makings of a good reporter, but to be great, she must learn to find the emotional core of a story and not hold back in its telling. Then he suggests one last grad school assignment: find someone who has influenced her family and tell that story. Katherine decides to pursue the only family story that has eluded her all


Katherine Kelly's mentor says she has the makings of a good reporter, but to be great, she must learn to find the emotional core of a story and not hold back in its telling. Then he suggests one last grad school assignment: find someone who has influenced her family and tell that story. Katherine decides to pursue the only family story that has eluded her all her life: the identity of the father she never knew. Her mother, knowing her persistent daughter won't stop until she gets the truth, breaks her years of silence and makes the call she always swore she would never make. The reality of her father stands in stark contrast to the father of her dreams, and Katherine realizes she must decide for herself who her father really is: the guardian of a group of wounded souls he calls The Collectibles, the attentive father of a newly discovered daughter, the person of interest in a bank fraud investigation . . . or a little of all three. Blood is deeper than principle, or so she is told. And a great journalist follows a story wherever it leads. It's Katherine's call, and only she can make it.

*** As a novelist, James J. Kaufman, a former attorney and judge, draws heavily upon his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. He and his wife make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Collectibles, Book One in the CollectiblesTrilogy, my first foray into the world of fiction, is a story of two men from different worlds. Preston Wilson, an elitist automobile dealer from New York City's Upper East Side, seeks the assistance of Joe Hart, the one attorney Wilson believes can save his crumbling empire. Hart reluctantly decides to help—but only after extracting a promise that Preston will fulfill an unspecified condition when called upon. Desperate, Preston agrees. When Hart calls in the unconventional IOU, he requires that Preston meet, earn the trust of, and care for several friends of Joe's, each with challenges and none of whom Preston would ever want to know. In fulfilling the promise, Preston finds a new way of looking at life, and his life and the lives of others are changed forever. It's not ultimately about money or control but extensions of the heart. Relationships matter. After The Collectibles was published, I received several literary awards and strong reviews; the novel is now in the hands of over one hundred thousand readers. What means the most to me, however, are the letters I receive on an average of one a week from readers all over the country, telling me how much they enjoyed The Collectibles, and that it changed the way they look at life. I answer every one within ten minutes, thanking them for their kind words and taking the time to write. My discussions with book clubs, in person and through Skype, have been among the most rewarding experiences of my life. This is why I wrote The Concealers, Book Two of the Collectibles Trilogy. In The Concealers, my readers find out what happened to the Collectibles, see whether Preston has fulfilled his promise to Joe Hart, and meet several new characters including a twenty-three year-old named Katherine Kelly. Raised by a single mother and poised to receive her master's degree in journalism, Katherine is told by her graduate school mentor that she is a good reporter, but to be great, she must find the emotional core of the story and not hold back. He suggests that she complete one more assignment—a story relating to someone having an influence on her family. Her mentor's remarks hit a nerve, bringing back long-ago demons about the father she never knew. She presses her mother for more details. Unsatisfied, she delves deeper, only to discover the truth about the man she was told was her father. This story asks the question whether telling the truth still matters. I would tell you more, but I don't want to spoil the story. I hope you will visit me atmy website, www.jamesjkaufman.com and perhaps tell me who your Collectibles are.

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A fledgling reporter works to uncover her father's true identity in the second novel of Kaufman's (The Collectibles, 2010, etc.) trilogy. Katherine Kelly, enrolled in journalism school, is not one to let an interesting story slip away. So when she decides that she wants to know who her father is, her mother realizes that she cannot keep the secret any longer. When Katherine finally meets Preston Wilson, he seems to be all she could hope for: intelligent, kind, generous with his wealth and pleased to include his newfound daughter in his life. As she gets to know him, however, she learns that Preston may not be so perfect. He doesn't give enough attention to his wife or young son, and he seems to be shirking his responsibilities to "The Collectibles," a group of people whom he promised to help (in the first book of this series). Meanwhile, Katherine's first reporting job leads her to a complex fraud investigation, to which some of Preston's employees may be linked. As she digs further, she begins to wonder whether her father is also part of the scandal--and whether she should pursue the story. Since this is the second book in a trilogy, it asks more questions than it answers, leaving most resolutions for the last volume. Also, it may be difficult for some readers to become engaged in The Collectibles characters if they haven't read the first book. Katherine, though, makes an appealing lead--ambitious and headstrong, with a kind heart and a desire to do the right thing. In this case, the "right" thing isn't clear, making her storyline interestingly unpredictable. The author also deftly manages the large cast of characters, so it's easy to keep track of who's who. Readers who like their fiction with a strong dose of inspiration and morality will enjoy this outing.

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The Collectibles Trilogy , #2
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Meet the Author

James J. Kaufman is the author of the award-winning novel The Collectibles and now its sequel, The Concealers. Thus far, his first two books in his acclaimed Collectibles Trilogy have drawn heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds.

I write about the dilemmas and choices that face us all, Kaufman said, both as fellow humans and as Americans. We talk a lot about success in this country but what, in the end, does constitute a 'successful' life? I would argue that a good life lived is not about control or money but about having heart and reaching out to your fellow man.

Kaufman's debut novel, The Collectibles became a bestseller; it went on to receive the 2011 Nautilus Silver Award for Fiction and the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Bill Fisher Silver Award for Best First Novel.

The story of the Collectibles continues in The Concealers, Book 2 of the trilogy, as characters old and new navigate a world tainted by deceit and despair. In 'The Concealers,' Kaufman says, I have tried to raise what I believe is one of the fundamental questions of our time: Does the truth still matter?

In addition to his writing, Kaufman is an attorney, former judge, and business man—CEO of The Kaufman Group, Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of Imaging the World, a not-for-profit health care company delivering ultrasound services to Uganda and other under-served populations in an effort to save lives that might otherwise be lost.

He is also a proud member of the esteemed Players, Gramercy Park, New York City. He is currently working on tworking on Book 3 in The Collectibles Trilogy. Kaufman lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife.

The author invites you to visit him at www.jamesjkaufman.com.

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The Concealers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Concealors is the second of a trilogy to be written by Jim Kaufman - the first being TheCollectables. I would recommend reading them in order. Jim is a masterful storyteller; his characters are well developed, believeable, human enough to be your next door neighbors. The plot is engaging and designed to make you think and tear at your heartstrings at the same time. Once you begin to read, it is almost impossible to put the book down. And those of us who have finished the second of the series cannot wait for the third. A must read!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
It had been a while since I’d read the Collectibles, so I went back and reread it before I read The Concealers.  I was not disappointed in this second book. The author has done a great job in creating characters we can all relate to in one form or another. The characters and situations Kauffman creates cause the reader to pause and look inward at our own situations, choices and values.  For me as a reader, I look for books that not only entertain me, but helps me make connections. Without those connections a book seems flat.  This book is not flat. The suspense keeps you going all the way through. I highly recommend this book. If you’ve not read the first book then please, stop and read it first.  This is a series you will enjoy.  I am looking forward to reading the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend asked me to read The Collectibles, the authors first of his trilogy. Fast easy and enjoyable tale woven out of a great human interest story. I just finished reading The Concealers. Book 2 of this trilogy. clearly the author had a vision. The character and story line development in The Concealers demonstrates the growth of Kaufman as one of the next great novelists. Can't wait for Book 3. Let's go Kaufman, I'm on the edge of my seat. Joe Amore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a great up-to-date story that I was able to feel part of it. It was easy to relate to all the players. I got so involved that I temporarily forgot everything that is going on around us....politics!!!!! We need more down to earth stories like this. Keep them coming.......
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and very much enjoyed Kaufman's first book The Collectibles. This sequel is a knock-out follow up - I probably enjoyed it even more than the first one. There are similar themes - do we do the right thing or the easy thing? How do we assess the value of individuals, especially ones that have been marginalized? What should our real priorities be? -- while also layering in new ideas about the nature and worth of the truth, and the real cost of secrets (even well-intended ones) and lies (even the ones we tell ourselves). It's fiction that makes you think while still being a pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Kaufman'sThe Concealers is a well written captivating novel sequel. His characters are believable as their lives entwine. The book is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading "The Collectibles" by James Kaufman, in one sitting, and it having evoked many emotions, I could not wait to read "The Concealers." I am an avid reader of many authors and many styles of books. Having met Mr. Kaufman at a book club meeting, I know why he writes like he does. He researches his characters, he projects his feelings into his writing, and he wants the characters to be "real," just as he is. I enjoyed getting to know more about "The Collectibles" in this book. Katherine Kelly is a "real" person. She showed determination and was a very mature 23-year old who was ready to take on a career in journalism and really make a difference. Not wanting to reveal anything to those who have not read this book, I will say that I admire how Katherine was an honest journalist -- honesty was a theme throughout the book. Can't wait till the next one comes out. Thanks, Mr. Kaufman.
TarHeelRF More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with Jim’s first book, “The Collectibles”. I just completed reading “The Concealers”. I couldn’t imagine how he could possibly follow up with his second book, but he did. It immediately captured my imagination. Once I started reading I read half in one day and completed it the next day. I simply couldn’t put it down. Jim certainly has captured the art of keeping one in suspense while demonstrating the various characteristics of human nature, good and bad. It is almost beyond belief how one person’s life can influence the lives of so many others. I could relate each character in his novels to someone I have personally encountered in my own life. Jim’s amazing ability to interweave the reader’s own life with the characters in his novels is absolutely uncanny. I cannot wait for the third book in this trilogy. Great job Jim!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with great anticipation because The Collectibles, the first Book of The Collectibles trilogy, was one of the best books I have ever read.  It made me think long and hard about how I live my life. Now I've read The Concealers, book two of the trilogy, and I am even more impressed. I could not put it down.  Beautifully written, with engaging and unforgettable characters, The Concealers is a moving tail of a young investigative journalist, named Katherine Kelly, and how she grapples with her search for her father and the truth. In the process, I learned much more about Preston Wilson and the so-called "collectibles". Truth telling in today's society has become an art. The spin placed on the truth has become acceptable in today's society. This incredible series should be required reading for all of us, including today's youth. ¿Lis Boggio
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite books are those that have characters I can really root for. They encounter obstacles and face them. Sometimes they overcome them, sometimes not.  Katherine Kelly is a strong young woman with a promising journalism career before her.  But as she leaves graduate school, questions about the father she never knew plague her. It's a huge gap in her life, one that has to be filled. As she begins her quest, we encounter some of the engaging characters we first met in "The Collectibles," including Preston Wilson.  Has he turned his life around, since we left him in the prior book? As Katherine begins to pout together the puzzle about her past and starts work on the assignments that will define her future in journalism, she encounters information that could jeopardize both. If you haven't read "The Collectibles," no worry, the latest book is a wonderful stand-alone story. If you have read the first book, you're excited to again meet up with those character, and to see what has become of them.  While these books are linked, they are both independently fantastic reads. Once again Kaufman has delivered a compelling story and a wonderful message: one that gives us hope and words to live by.  "The Concealers should be on your "Must Read." list.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr James Kaufman has expanded on the unique characters that were introduced in his first novel. Katherine is an intelligent, sensitive, caring young adult who was raised by a single mother to make a difference. Her mother decided to shoulder the responsibility of raising an infant with no help from the natural father. She only confesses her secret when a medical condition forces her to tell her daughter the truth. Katherine is very fortunate that her absent natural father is in a place in his life where this new-found relationship is welcome and is generous in helping his recently-graduated daughter get a start in her career. Katherine is still a mystery to me. Why is she so dependent on her dog, Hailey? Looking forward to more answers in Mr Kaufman's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Annie Proulx good. You know how when you read one of her books or collections you feel like you know intimately each of the characters? Well, Kaufman does the same thing. Katherine Kelly is your sister, or daughter, or close friend. You (pardon the expression) will feel her pain. And the array of other characters, some from the earlier book, some new, will surprise and please you with their complete believability. A compelling story that is so fresh it seems you must have heard about it on today's news programs. This author knows real life and the real people who live it. I hope his next book is in the printing press as I write. I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Concealers is a great follow up to the Collectibles with understandable connections to the people in the first story. I fell in love with the pretty and versatile Katherine right away and was impressed with her mentor's ability to engage her in the task to delve further into her emotions by eventually searching for the cast of Preston's Collectibles. Her journey to find them and to learn about them makes very interesting reading from New York to South Carolina...... Your story moves quickly and your characters are real and believable. Jim, you wove your great love and admiration of dogs and knowledge of them into the story with Hailey and made that an integral part of Katherine's life and the book. Dog lovers will definitely identify with this relationship. I am curious as to how the elusive Sean will come into the story line in the third book. and what part he plays in this secret story. What will Preston do? Where will Katherine's allegiance be? The last chapters that delve into the fraud of the banking industry and its current rocky status makes the story very timely and relevant. It is as if I were reading current news events. I just hope that you are working on the third of this great trilogy because you lead us to the brink only to leave us with "some stories never end." So, Mr. Kaufman, now that you have brought us to the edge of our seats on the last pages with guesses of how these characters will come into play in your third trilogy, WE WANT MORE. !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This second book of Jim's trilogy is a great read. His development of characters and twists in the story kept me turning the page in anticipation. Jim's insight into the business world is the connection with reality that makes this such a fun book to read. I know this book will be a huge hit! Keep them coming Jim!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story.  The Concealers allowed me to happily re-experience the broad range of emotions, characters, and personal reflection that Mr. Kaufman's first book, The Collectibles, easily persuaded out of me. This second book in the trilogy introduces Katherine, an honorable character that a reader can connect with immediately and viscerally, who puts you in the emotional passenger seat as she navigates personal challenges, moral quandaries, and the heart and soul of the human condition. Although I could not un-read The Collectibles before I devoured this book, the characters, plot, and story line of The Concealers very much stand on their own as a remarkably satisfying read. No pressure Mr. Kaufman, but HURRY UP with the third book! -R.C. Bryan (North Carolina)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jean Joyner, artist, Wilmington, NC “The author certainly has every right to be proud of his first novel. It is excellent! I read some of it before I left for Wake Forest. I came home late this afternoon and finished it tonight. The Collectibles is better than many New York Times best sellers. Oprah should read this book. It's better than many of her picks. I am sure my book club will love it. The characters are compelling. The plot is full of twists and surprises. The business economic details are timely and make one wonder if every company would not benefit from a Joe Hart type. The last chapter brings one to tears. I was sorry when it ended and wanted to know more about the lives of the characters. What happens next? I find I myself thinking about the characters and comparing my weaknesses and strengths to theirs, comparing events in my life to events in theirs. I want a Buck in my life...and also an Alice. Wouldn't anyone love a Red in their life...someone who always has your back? Anyway, The Collectibles has all the ingredients of a best seller."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this, the second book of the Collectible trilogy, Katherine Kelly, an up and coming journalist learns the truth about who her real father is. Originally lead to believe by her mother that her birth father was killed in a military action before she was born, Katherine discovers that the wealthy owner of a large chain of car dealerships is in fact her real father. Driven by an assignment given to her by her teacher and mentor, Katherine ventures into a relationship with her newly discovered father and learns the story of the man who saved her father's business, Joe Hart. She also learns of the "collectibles" he entrusted to her father's care. Through it all Katherine faces the challenges of a new family, new job, and the resentment toward her mother for the lie she kept alive for so many years. I particular like the fact that some of the characters from the "Collectibles" novel are brought back in the "Concealers" and that the challenges of Joe Hart's last wishes are still a reality. Those who have read the "Collectibles," will find the "Concealers" a welcome continuation in the lives of those who Joe Hart had touched. I find a definite theme of humanity in this trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Terri - 5/5 Stars - Top Pick This long awaited sequel is worth the wait. Once again, you quickly become part of the story and the twist and turns become as personal to you as they are to the characters. Once again, Preston is one of the main characters and while he's not the most lovable, you can't help but to want him to grow emotionally and to get shook up enough to see past his own selfish desires. Lies, fraud, new found love, unexpected consequences and so much more are part of this book which pulls family ties almost to the breaking point and yet in other places close friends and family is what holds you together. It's a roller coaster ride that you won't want to get off of! Better yet, there is another book coming which I hope doesn't take as long as this one. If you haven't read the first book, The Collectables, you can enjoy this story with no problem. However, the first was totally awesome and well worth reading. All of the main characters in the first book are present in some way in this second giving those that have read the first book a chance to catch up with them and see how they are doing. Katherine always thought her father died before she was born but after some research she learns that he couldn't have been her father. After confronting her mother, she learns that her father is a wealthy car dealer, Preston, and that until recently he had no idea that he had a daughter. Preston has been working hard to keep his marriage together but they seem to be drawing apart once again. It doesn't help that his son has been born hearing impaired and the couple thinks differently on how to deal with the problem. Will adding Katherine to this strained marriage take it to the point of no return? And, Katherine has just graduated as an investigative reporter. In her new job, she is making her name of herself uncovering banking fraud and corruption. Soon, though her probing is going to put her in a place she doesn't expect to be. Expect to be so wrapped up in this story that these characters begin to feel as if you know them and their problems, hopes and dreams are real. © Night Owl Reviews We received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Concealers continues the story line of the Collectibles and it's interesting to see how the characters continue to develop.  The book is filled with unexpected "life moments" that have a lasting impact.  The book ends with a moral dilemma and makes you think about the decisions we would make.  James Kaufman is an excellent author and I love the way he creates fictional stories based on his real life experiences. Dallas Romanowski
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Katherine Kelly’s had a good life, a mother who loves and supports her and a grandfather who she adores the only thing she’s ever felt she’s missed out on was having a father. Just when all the pieces are falling together nicely in her life, having just completed her masters in journalism and hoping to soon find a job as an investigative reporter, her worlds gets up-ended by her mother’s confession about who her father really is. Preston Wilson’s life is the envy of most, he’s a very successful businessman thanks to the past involvement of Joe Hart. He and his wife Marcia have been blessed with a son. But there’s also unrest in both his personal and professional life and he’s at odds as to how to fix the problems before the unraveling continues and to top everything else off he’s just learned he has a 23yr old daughter. In the following months Preston and Katherine start building their relationship. Katherine learns about Joe’s intervention and his subsequent demand about Preston’s new role with the “Collectibles”. Preston learns about all the years that he missed with her. They also learn they have some unexpected common connections in their lives that neither would have known if fate hadn’t intervened. Katherine has also begun a new job as a reporter and as a result of an ongoing investigation discovers something that may once again change her life and the lives of those she’s come to care about. James Kaufman once again delivers a mighty punch in literature with a soft spoken voice as he continues his trilogy several years in the future from where he left off with The Collectibles. He manages to fill in the blanks of past characters catching us up on their lives and also introducing us to his brand new star Katherine who rules every page she’s on by her humility, her honesty and her forbearance with not only the surprises life throws at her but how she handles those surprises. We also get to see how Preston is or isn’t fulfilling his promise to Joe, how his “Collectibles” are doing and a hint of the future story. He does this by his unique and amazing mix of high impact edge of your seat action mixed with his innate ability to talk softly and clearly so that anyone and everyone can and will get total enjoyment from his wonderful words. The novel stands well on it’s own but I suggest reading the volumes in order for maximum understanding. But whatever you do make sure you put this novel on your must read list. Thank you Jim for another mind blowing walk in your amazing world and I can’t wait to see how the final curtain falls.