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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Downstream Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982587309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982587300
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

More 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?". "The Concealers", book two of the Collectibles Trilogy, has now also received the 2014 Nautilus Silver Award for Fiction.

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 board member of the esteemed Players, Gramercy Park, New York City. He is currently working on the final book in The Collectibles Trilogy. Kaufman lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife.

The author invites you to visit him at http://www.JamesJKaufman.com.

Customer Reviews

I thought that it was very well written and I loved the story line and characters involved.
J. Bunker
"The Collectibles by James Kaufman is one of those books that when you start reading it, you do not want to put it down because you want to know how it ends.
Avil Beckford
With well developed characters that are real and believable, this author tells a wonderful story.
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150 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Book Junkie on November 1, 2011
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I bought this for my Kindle because honestly it was cheap and I thought ok I can try it. I started reading and could literally not put it down.
One person said reads like a John Grisham novel which is why I got it to begin with. It really is but personally, I liked it more than most of the Grisham novels I have read and I have read most of them.
Obviously alot of people have said what the story premise is so won't go over it again but can say that if you have any doubts about reading it, don't. Be prepared for the Kleenex and buy the book. I, too, have a feeling Mr. Kaufman will have alot of other stories to be told. I hope they are as good as this one and when they come out, they will definitely be on my TBR list.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a story we can identify with in todays world. Preston Wilson is an elitist who reaks of wealth and success. When the bottom is about to fall out of his empire, he calls on Joe Hart a person from his past. Joe saves him financially and opens Prestons eyes to a new way of living and seeing people. I loved the part about refinancing and banking. Buck,the dog was an added treat. A great book and fast read.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2010
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An attorney tells his client that he wants him to promise to do something for him in the future that will change the client's life forever. Once he performs the task it will also change the people's lives he comes in contact with. "The Collectibles" has an interesting premise that is told with realistic characters and a style that moves the story along to its interesting conclusion. James Kaufman's first time novel reads like a seasoned pro and gives hints that this author is one who is going to be around for a long time. "The Collectibles" should please any fan of Grisham.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Deeth TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Have you ever thought that lawyers are more concerned about how much money they make than how much good they do? If you have, The Collectibles by former judge, James J. Kaufman, won't change your opinion, but it just might modify it to allow for some lawyers being honest, determined and wise. Joe Hart, an orphan from the Adirondack mountains, turned Navy commander, turned distinguished attorney, is just such a one, though his life seems to fall apart under tragic circumstances, sending him running to his past. Meanwhile Preston Wilson is the privileged rich kid grown up, desperate to succeed and suddenly staring at the face of financial and emotional ruin. Preston needs Joe, and Joe doesn't want to be needed.

The author creates a pleasingly evocative picture of the mountains where Joe grew up and is eventually found, then brings the story back to big-city America, big-fee lawyers, banks, foreclosures and loans. Joe turns out to be more than a briefly sketched childhood and tragic victim of circumstance. Previous acquaintances call with hopes and needs and he comes to their aid. For no clear reason, except a remembrance of his uncle's injunction to "help the other fella" and a memory of truths as tall as mountains, Joe seems to have impacted many troubled lives. But Preston has no real desire to meet these losers till Joe calls in an unconventional IOU and begins to reveal his "collectibles."

At 308 pages, The Collectibles felt like a long read. But Preston's discoveries in the final third make a real emotional impact and redeem any slowness in the tale. Perhaps, if more of us tried to "help the other fella," more collectibles would find the truth of mountains, and more lawyers might have more good deeds to their names.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Santos on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have never taken the time to write a review for a book before, but I also have never read a book that I felt I could relate to so many of the character's like this one. I am currently a CFO of an Automotive Group that is going through similar financial troubles like Preston Wilson, one of the character's in James Kaufman's book. I have also over come domestic abuse because I had someone who was a lot like Joe Hart in my life. This story touches all the difficulties and challenges we all go through in life from domestic abuse to gambling, depression and Alzheimer's. The main character Joe Hart while trying to help Preston Wilson from financial failure, also changes his life and may others. It is a book you will not be able to put down. It will make you question how you will react in the future with people in need, and also how people will remember you, when you are gone. It will make you laugh and cry and in the end realize that despite what life gives us, we can over come anything especially when you help others. Mr. Kaufman........ I LOVED IT!

I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
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The author of this book knows a lot about backtracking in the wilderness, playing craps at Vegas, operating a boat, fishing, brain cancer and most of all rescuing failing companies from bankruptcy. All of this knowledge he generously shares in this book.

The hero, Joe Hart, a saintly fellow from the Adirondacks and former submarine commander, now practicing as a successful lawyer in South Carolina, loses his wife in a pointless drive-by shooting. He retreats to the hills of his native state -- but is brought back to reality by someone with whom he once as a kid had a fleeting brush whose car dealership empire is about to collapse.

We learn in great, and fascinating detail, how Joe negotiates a deal with the bank to rescue the company. Joe also has in mind to makeover the dealership CEO's moral life by forcing him to take an interest in a collection of individuals that Joe calls his "collectibles" -- people who for various reasons need help.

All this makes for some interesting reading and even leads to a fairly moving conclusion. But it doesn't add up to a novel. Why? Because the characters are simply not real. They don't feel real or sound real -- they are Madam Tussaud type characters that go through the motions the author has devised for them and say, as if by rote, their lines.

Despite this criticism, I quite enjoyed this book. I felt as if I were in the company of an expert guide who really knew what he was talking about and I learned quite a bit about corporate turnarounds. But I never quite cared enough what happened to this collection of "collectibles" because I didn't believe in them as characters enough.
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