BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Immoral Origins by Lee Matthew Goldberg
by Lee Matthew Goldberg
August 29 - September 9, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
A PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER THAT ASKS HOW FAR WE'RE WILLING TO SHED OUR MORALS IN ORDER TO HELP THE ONES WE LOVE.
It's 1978 in New York City, and disco is prominent. As are mobsters, gritty streets, needle parks and graffiti-stained subways.
Jake Barnum lives in Hell's Kitchen. He's a petty thief selling hot coats with his buddy Maggs to make ends meet and help his sick kid brother. At a Halloween party downtown, he meets a woman with a Marilyn Monroe mask who works for an organization called The Desire Card-an underground operation promising its exclusive clients "Any Wish Fulfilled for the Right Price."
As Jake becomes taken with its leader, a pseudo father and sociopath at heart, he starts stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In other words...himself. But as he dives deeper in with the Card, begins falling love with Marilyn, and sees the money rolling in, clients' wishes start becoming more and more suspect-some leading to murder.
The first book in the Desire Card series, Immoral Origins follows those indebted to this sinister organization-where the ultimate price is the cost of one's soul.
Praise for Immoral Origins:
"Careful what you wish for, especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg's fast-paced, highly-compelling, buzz-worthy new series. Can't wait to get my hands on Prey No More to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next!"
D.J. Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author of Saving Meaghan and The New Husband
Immoral Origins is book one of a new series by this author. This is my first book by this author and was intrigued by the synopsis. Set in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen, NY. Disco rules and main character Jake isn’t thrilled. As a child of this era, I appreciated the references to pop culture and what life was really like for someone who makes a living as a petty thief.
This book is fast paced full of twists and turns. Prepare to settle in, I literally could not put this book down. I loved every minute of it, it’s full of mafia style crime and lots of drama that will keep you engaged and wanting more. The cast of characters are brilliantly written and realistic. I love their depth and look forward to seeing how this series unfolds. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the area, while I’ve not been to Hell’s Kitchen, I could see it in my mind’s eye as I read. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves crime thrillers.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Published by: Rough Edges Press
Publication Date: June 14th 2022
Number of Pages: 276
ISBN: 1685490859 (ISBN13: 9781685490850)
Series: The Desire Card #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of nine novels including THE ANCESTOR and THE MENTOR and the YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN. His books are in various stages of development for film and TV off of his original scripts. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared as a contributor in Pipeline Artists, LitHub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Mystery Tribune, The Big Idea, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Hypertext, If My Book, Past Ten, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Maudlin House, Underwood Press and others. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.
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