Vicious Ripples

by Lee Matthew Goldberg

October 21-24


When the granddaughter of a rich and powerful CEO is abducted, a vicious ripple effect destroys the lives of everyone connected.

Ex-Army sniper J.D. Storm kidnaps the granddaughter of The Desire Card’s head guy-in-charge—his former boss, known only as Clark Gable—in the hopes that he can lure Gable out into the open. But J.D. is quickly reminded that the illusive organization’s master schemer won’t stand for being toyed with.

As Gable is in the throes of rebuilding his organization, he’s threatened by Laurence Olivier—the sociopathic head of the Card’s international office, who sees this time of weakness as an opportunity to seize control.

Meanwhile, Detective Monica Bonner is assigned to the kidnapping case and finds herself in the underbelly of The Desire Card, where her obsession for justice will not only endanger her, but her loved ones as well.

As these lives converge…no one is safe.

A pulse-pounding thriller, Vicious Ripples follows those indebted to this sinister organization—where the ultimate price is the cost of one’s soul.

“Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Desire Card is a character-driven, enthralling thriller series.” —Alex Segura, acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackout and Secret Identity

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About the author

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. VANISH ME will be out in Feb ’22. 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, 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. Follow him at

His favorite authors are classic writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Emily Bronte, W. Somerset Maugham and Raymond Chandler. For modern authors, he’s been influenced by Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Denis Johnson, John Irving, and Paul Auster.