Books by Jeff Cox

The Italian Club by Jeff Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"An undemanding murder story reinforced by superlative characters who need not even leave the bar."
Members of a Pennsylvania social club find themselves at risk when a motorcycle gang rides into town in search of a sizable stash in this thriller. Read full book review >
THE VENTURE by Jeff Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1997

A cautionary tale—about an inadvertent entrepreneur—that works neither as fictional entertainment nor as a reliable guide for prospective proprietors, from the coauthor of Heroz: Empower Yourself, Your CoWorkers, Your Company (1994). Ordered to make personnel cuts in the video-production department he heads at a midwestern ad agency, Michael DiGabriel quits and, with little support from wife Regan (a self-absorbed boomer), goes into business for himself. Despite making every mistake in the book (including unfortunate hires and an ill-advised affair with Tanny Zoelle, a key associate), the former executive (a showbiz dropout) manages to keep his fledgling firm (Archangel Productions) one step ahead of its creditors. In short order, Michael's subordinates come up with an advanced display for users of exercycles. With demand for physical-fitness goods and services booming, orders pour in for the virtual-reality system, and although cash flow remains a problem, Michael gears up for expansion. Meanwhile, Regan, who's been downsized out of a beloved job at a local defense contractor hurt by budget cutbacks, overcomes her depression and signs on to market the so-called Videobike. On a West Coast trip, she nearly sells out the company's prize product to a silver-tongued hustler who quickly enough has her in his bed—and in his hand. Michael figures out what's going on in time to stop his wife from handing over programmable chips, and the two part company for good; to his greater sorrow, he loses Tanny as well. For all his lack of female companionship, though, Michael, as we last see him, is well on his way to becoming a millionaire as majority owner of a cutting-edge enterprise. A thinly written fictionalized tract that's not of much use to anyone seeking either diversion or business inspiration. (Radio satellite tour) Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 1994

Byham and Cox (Zapp!, not reviewed) tell a facile fable about dragon-slaying in order to spread yet another business gospel about quality, teamwork, and empowerment. The goal, presumably, is to enable legions of suited workers to imagine that they're really armored Lancelots, that their workstations are noble mounts, and that the business of making a living—or a widget, or an arrow—is just as heroic as the deeds of Arthurian legend. Read full book review >