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Joe Café by J.D. Mader
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Jun 13, 2012

really liked it

Strippers, a psycho killer and true love - how could anyone not like this one?

Joe Café is JD Mader's lightning-paced psychological thriller that grabs and refuses to let go.

The story's success rests with Mader's characters, each as sharply defined as the crack of a 9mm. There's lots of action. There are plenty of plot twists. But Mader keeps his focus tight on the inner workings of the characters themselves, letting the action and plot spring directly from their fears, their dreams, their most secret desires. Chet, Dogan, Sara, Jimmy are troubled souls, each searching for that one person to trust in the aftermath of the killings at Joe Café. And in the end each is either saved or destroyed by his or her trust.

Equally impressive is Mader's ability to coax the reader into feeling compassion for the most twisted criminal. In Mader's capable hands, the psychotic Chet becomes a sympathetic character, as pitiable and as tragic as Lolita's Humbert Humbert.

Hitchcock defined drama as life with all the boring parts cut out. In Joe Café, JD Mader has created drama with nary a boring part to be found. I'm looking forward to reading The Biker, Mader's follow-up novel.
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