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Joe Café [Kindle Edition]

JD Mader
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Book Description

The murder at Joe Café is an abomination. It stops the entire universe. For Michael, it tarnishes everything, including his badge. For Chet and his hostage, it is the beginning of a chase that will lead them through dingy motels and the darkest corridors of their minds. Dogan just wants Sara back. Jimmy the Cat wants to make up for all the time he has wasted. Frankie wants to live a 'moral' life, erasing everyone in his path who does not live up to his standards. Conventional notions of good and evil quickly blur as they are all forced to look into the mirrors they have avoided for so long. Chilling and horrifying, whimsical and wretched, Joe Café's cast of broken characters try to find their way in a world they never understood to begin with...for the Chens, it is easy. They are dead.

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lockjaw Publishing; 1 edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZG8KRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cafe May 19, 2011
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JD Mader spins a dark, introspective crime thriller about the nature of evil. Both introspective and suspenseful, this short novel takes the reader into a sordid world of strip clubs, cheap hotels, and mafia hitmen. Gruesome scenes contrast with the beauty of fishing on a tranquil lake. Deep psychological character development stands next to sudden flashes of action. The characters are developed with care--even the mobsters seem like flesh and blood (as opposed to cardboard cutouts). With a few unexpected twists in this upside-down moral universe, Joe Cafe keeps the reader guessing without being trite or glib.

If you're looking for a well-written, powerful crime novel that keeps you thinking, buy Joe Cafe. You won't regret it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cafe May 29, 2011
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Joe Cafe is my first exposure to J.D. Mader and evidently his first mainstream publication as well. Mader really knows how to tell a story and got this reader from page one. The many characters are brought to life well and the plot line never strays. This book is hard to put down and leaves you thinking about what is next when you do have to take a break.

Good work! Can't wait for the next tale.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully drawn characters and beautiful story August 12, 2011
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I picked Joe Cafe up on a random Wednesday night and then found myself picking it up every spare minute or 30 seconds I could find until I finished! JD Mader creates a whole world and its characters that go so deep that you find yourself getting completely immersed in them. They are so well drawn and have such depth that I found myself thinking of Mader as a modern day Damon Runyon- if Runyon had ever taken his light, humorous style to a much darker, deeper place. The book is full of twists and surprises while you follow the journey of these characters, and you find yourself caught in never quite knowing who is good and who is evil. You just know that you kind of love all of them. I was extremely impressed and very moved by this first work I've read of JD Mader. I would definitely recommend this (and already have to many).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good - Bad - Ugly February 12, 2012
By KD Rush
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Title: Joe Cafe
Author: JD Mader
Publisher: Lockjaw Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
Interest: Crime/Thriller
Rating 0-100: 97 (5 Stars)


I first came across JD Mader from a guest post he made on the Indies Unlimited site. He has since become a contributing author on their staff. His weekly articles are written with an honesty that is rare. I was a fan of JD Mader long before purchasing this book. With that disclaimer out of the way, here's the good-bad-ugly of Joe Café.

This is not a book that I would let my children read. As a parent it's my job to protect them from the evil in this world, and make no mistake about it, this book is filled with evil. It's also wonderfully written.

Every character in the book goes through a transformation. The good cop goes a little crazy. The crazy killer has moments of tenderness and yearns to be more than he is. The stripper, club owner, and even the mob boss all see life from a different perspective by the end of the book. Say what you will about the dark theme, it takes mad skills to pull off what Mader accomplishes in a short amount of time.

This book is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. In some ways it's not unlike passing a car wreck on the Interstate. It's hard to look away, as much as you might want to. Some of the scenes in this book are so graphic that if it were made into a movie, it would either be regulated to Pay-Per-View or win an Oscar. There is no middle ground here. If there is such a thing as a 'fine line', then I can assure you that Mader has no problems crossing it.

And that's the good. Here's the bad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story!! And Well Written!! May 30, 2011
By Paper
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I was hooked within a page of starting the book, and enjoyed all of it!! Unexpected turns and results, and excellent story telling has you watching the book as a movie in your mind.. Almost seemed like a modern day Bogart film as I read the story..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read; leaves you wanting a sequel... May 19, 2011
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I have to say that I really enjoyed this new work from JD Mader. Yes, it is a relatively short work, but I found it riveting and a real page turner (OK, button pusher on the Kindle).
The plot is fast paced, yet there is rather deep character development, and you think you know what's going to happen but you're met with surprises. The book has quite a cast in it and is urban and gritty and feels quite real. Yes, there is a hero and a heroine, but the strength of the remaining cast says "Write a sequel!" so we can see where these characters can go.
I don't want to be a spoiler, so I'll just let on that there is wrongdoing, despair, stained virtue, love, reckless abandon, brotherhood and, ultimately, revenge and justice. And revenge is a dish best served cold and from beyond the grave...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read and Great Work June 26, 2011
By tomba
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If you like Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame then you will enjoy this at a fraction of a cost. Gut wrenching, exciting, and suspenseful. For a first attempt at a self published novel I'm very impressed. This is a great read if you're a fan of dark fiction. It looks like JD Mader is an upcoming American story teller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and ends abruptly.
The idea of the book... not bad. The execution... not good. I felt the writer must suffer from some severe depression and wanted to break up their experience through several... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amy C.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too much profanity
Published 8 months ago by V.Willson
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, believable, and well-written.
Characters, setting, plot, and action... all incredibly believable. The brutality that starts the whole thing could have been pulled from today's newspaper, but the book itself is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leland1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling & thrilling!
This is J.D. at his best. From word one I was drawn into this story for the vision of place and time painted by this author's amazing writing skills. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hatchiekid
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic, Raw and Gritty Tale
J.D. Mader's "Joe Cafe" is a crime thriller about a psychotic murderer/kidnapper, a small town cop, a strip club owner, a kidnapped stripper/waitress and a host of mafia references... Read more
Published 15 months ago by S.A. Molteni
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Café
This dark gripping story grabs your attention and in seconds you are pulled into the dark suspenseful mystery that is Joe Café. Terrifying doesn't properly describe it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read to keep you in suspense!!
This book kept me guessing, and I usually can give a good guess on who done it. It's one of those hard to stop reading books that keeps the interest and will keep you up for hours... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peabea
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written, Intense, but too Introspective
This is a murder mystery at it's worst (the situation, not the writing). The author lets us follow the murderer, a broken soul affected so much by his childhood and by the Vietnam... Read more
Published 20 months ago by DaveReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, well told
An essential element in a good read is that it is long enough to fully develop and tell the story without padding the writing with extraneous details just to increase the length. Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by lucky henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Grisly in a Good Way
When I first read this book last year, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But I've since revisited Joe Cafe after reading more of JD Mader's work and I can see how he's really... Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Jennifer D.
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More About the Author

JD Mader is a writer and musician who hangs his laptop in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mader began writing professionally at age fourteen as a sportswriter and columnist in San Diego. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University.

Mader is an award winning short story writer and novelist. His work has been described as "powerful and real", "gritty", and "rock and roll-literary". Mader maintains a blog: and frequently writes about fishing and motorcycling. He is the president of a MC club, the PPMC.

From reviews:

"Stylistically the novel is both elegant and dark, moving between evocative descriptive passages and sharp edge dialogue. Using flashbacks, it gets you inside the killer's head and Mader cleverly manages to allow you to see the reasons Chet Mooney has ended up this way. This is one of the strengths of Joe Café, it digs behind the behaviour of the characters and gets beneath the skin. In its thematic darkness and narrative style Joe Café is a Noir novel and a fine one at that." - Review of Joe Cafe, by British Author and Playwright Richard Godwin.

"Mader has a sense of understated occasion, an understanding of the dull and devious. Of the harrowing and the hardboiled. Never is this better discovered by a reader than when the interior lives of a number of less-than-savory characters are dissected. Discovering an author who can write despair, hopelessness, confusion and deep, deep loneliness can be a shock. It can sadden, but it can also impress. Yes, there are people who live like this, and think like this, and there are writers who can make it all tangible." - "According to Luke" Author, Rosanne Dingli

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