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.
In addition to his writing, Kaufman is an attorney, former judge, and business man--CEO of The Kaufman Group, Ltd., former Chairman of the Board of Imaging the World,and current Chairman of FMY of the Americas. He is also a proud board member of the esteemed Players, Gramercy Park, the Union League Club, New York City, and The Cape Fear Club, Wilmington , North Carolina. Kaufman and his wife make their home Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife.
It all started with a blind promise – now Preston Wilson faces a dilemma that will ultimately destroy him or define him.
In The Collectibles, Book one of The Collectibles Trilogy, Kaufman delivers the gripping and unforgettable story of Joe Hart and Preston Wilson, two strong men from different worlds – one touched by tragedy, the other by greed – brought together by a promise that changes six lives forever.
In The Concealers, Book Two of the trilogy, Kaufman’s readers meet Katherine Kelly, a budding journalist driven to find the truth. As she investigates bank fraud in Long Island, she discovers the identity of her father, only to learn that he is being drawn into her investigation. Too soon, she learns the agony and price of the truth she seeks.
In The Conciliators, the conclusion of The Collectibles Trilogy, Preston Wilson’s life is once again imploding – this time as headline news, bylined by Katherine Kelly. Under fire thanks to the financial shenanigans of a longtime friend, the CEO finds himself in trouble with the FBI, the Russian mafia, and his creditors. If he doesn’t come up with a plan – and quickly – he could lose everything and find himself, his wife, and his shareholders in prison. Inspired by Joe Hart’s life lessons, Preston sets a new course, vowing to fight for what matters most: his family, his friends, and the Collectibles.
Katherine Kelly’s mentor says she has the makings of a good reporter, but to be great, she must learn to find the emotional core of a story and not hold back in its telling. Then he suggests one last grad school assignment: find someone who has influenced her family and tell that story.
Katherine decides to pursue the only family story that has eluded her all her life: the identity of the father she never knew. Her mother, knowing her persistent daughter won’t stop until she gets the truth, breaks her years of silence and makes the call she always swore she would never make.
The reality of her father stands in stark contrast to the father of her dreams, and Katherine realizes she must decide for herself who her father really is: the guardian of a group of wounded souls he calls “The Collectibles,” the attentive father of a newly discovered daughter, the person of interest in a bank fraud investigation . . . or a little of all three.
Blood is deeper than principle, or so she is told. And a great journalist follows a story wherever it leads. It’s Katherine’s call, and only she can make it.
In his debut novel, James J. Kaufman delivers a gripping and unforgettable story of two strong men from separate wolds - one touched by tragedy, the other by greed - brought together with unexpected results. In chronicling how their lives and those they touch are dramatically changed by their encounter, Kaufman reveals the power of relationships, the nature of love, and ultimately the meaning of life.