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 helpbut 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 assignmenta 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.
About 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 manCEO 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.