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'Mob Doctor' Novelist Felber's New Book Explores Money, Greed and Values

Ron Felber

SUMMIT, NJ - Rob Felber, author of "Mob Doctor," strikes again with "Man of Indeterminate Value," the first novel of a new trilogy.

The main character, Jack Madson, is a Georgetown graduate who lands a job on Wall Street. Madson lands himself in a pool of debt and begins selling intellectual property to Chinese clients while putting the profits in a bank account in Mexico. He ultimately ends up faking his own death, moving to Mexico and realizes all of his
money is gone. Madson must re-enter the United States as a technically dead man and sell off more intellectual property in order to make his lost money back.

“It’s really a story of modern America, where money is the cure for everything, which it really isn’t,” said Felber.

Whether or not Madson is successful is the real question of the novel. Madson struggles with dodging people who want to reveal that his “accidental death” is anything but accidental. Moreover, Madson must break into his former company’s computer to steal the highly valuable biotech secrets he seeks to sell.

“It’s all set in New Jersey, some of it in Mexico but mostly New Jersey,” said Felber, who is from Mendham. “He lives in Summit. You put these things together and you have a very interesting main character called Jack Madson.”

The author has used his own experiences that have helped shape this novel. Felber graduated from Georgetown University and became a federal marshal where he came in contact with many criminals. He also used to be a boxer. Currently, Felber President and CEO of Chemetall, North America, a New Providence-based chemical treatment company that caters to various industries, including aerospace and agriculture.

According to Felber, the book has already sparked some interest for a movie. Felber looks forward to the next two books in his series about “a guy whose values are misaligned.”

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