Jack of Spades

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Jack of Spades
208 pages; Mysterious Press

Oates's latest suspense tale follows the psychic takeover of Andrew J. Rush—a writer known as "the gentleman’s Stephen King"—by the secret persona he uses to pen lurid genre novels, Jack of Spades. For added fun, Oates garnishes this machismo-laden struggle with a leavening pinch of one of her favorite feminist topics: witchcraft.

— Elyse Moody