J. G. Sandom, known in the advertising industry as the Father of Interactive (Internet) Advertising co-founded the nation's first digital advertising agency, Einstein and Sandom Interactive (EASI), in 1984, and is the author of nine works of fiction, including The God Machine, Gospel Truths, The Wall Street Murder Club, and The Wave, plus three young adult (YA) novels including Kiss Me, I'm Dead and Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher.
Booklist called Gospel Truths, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery . . . captivating and engrossing."
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Ordinary Heroes, called The Wall Street Murder Club, "A gripping story, well-told . . . not only a tale of murder and betrayal, but an intelligent exploration of issues of male identity." Kirkus Reviews termed the book, "A Big Apple Deliverance, endowing New York culture with all the corrosively dehumanizing power of Dickey's wild nature . . . Slickly entertaining right down to the last, inevitable twist. (Film rights to Warner Brothers -- and there's no mystery why.)" And Booklist said, "(Sandom) writes with stunning elegance and nearly poetic beauty . . . A sure hit with any suspense reader." The Wall Street Murder Club was optioned for Warner Bros. by Lee Rich for theatrical development; screenplay by Ronald Bass, with Joel Schumacher scheduled to direct. [Originally released as The Hunting Club.]
While known mostly as a writer of thrillers and mysteries, Sandom is also the author of several Young Adult (YA) novels, including Kiss Me, I'm Dead and Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher. [Originally released by Penguin/Dutton in hard cover as The Unresolved and Resurrecition Men respectively, under pen name T.K. Welsh. Reissued in softcover and e-Book format by Cornucopia Press in 2010.]
Publishers Weekly called Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s . . . Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." BIG A, little a called the novel, “A moody, evocative tale . . . (J.G. Sandom) is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work...I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.” KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England . . . Readers will be on the edge of their seats.” Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher has been named a Junior Library Guild selection.
Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of 2006 by the Washington Post, Kiss Me, I'm Dead was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association -- YALSA Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens. The novel was previously named an Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature that year. Kiss Me, I'm Dead was also nominated for the Cybils literary awards, and for the Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association. It's currently featured as one of the Best Teen Books of the Year at BarnesAndNoble.com. The Washington Post said, "(Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction," and called Kiss Me, I'm Dead, "a subtle gem." School Library Journal said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." And Horn Book Magazine called the novel, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story . . . (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead is a book you shouldn't pass up." Midwest Book Review called Kiss Me, I'm Dead, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold." Kiss Me, I'm Dead was recently featured in Horn Book’s Halloween Special, "Ghost Stories", and made Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction. [Originally released by Penguin Dutton in hard cover as The Unresolved under pen name T.K. Welsh.]
The God Machine was published in May, 2009. Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) said, "Move over, Dan Brown . . . All hail J.G. Sandom . . . (The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage." Bookpage.com said "Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end." And the Historical Novels Review said, "History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses . . . Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"
The Wave - A John Decker Thriller was republished as a trade paperback by Cornucopia Press in May 2010. Kirkus said, "Sandom's strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle...(and) brains...Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead...A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."
Sandom continues to consult in the world of interactive advertising and digital marketing communications, and is currently working on a sequel to The Wave called The Plague.