Jack Engelhardâ€™s novel Indecent Proposal has been translated into 22 languages and is a bestseller around the world. Praised for its â€śsparseness of Hemingway but moral intensity of I.B. Singer,â€ť the book has been described as â€śa gem that was overlookedâ€ť until the release of Paramountâ€™s movie starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore.
His recent award-winning novel, The Days of the Bitter End, takes readers back to the streets of the political and cultural focal point of the sixties: New York Cityâ€™s Greenwich Village -- at the moment of one of contemporary historyâ€™s life-changing events -- John F. Kennedyâ€™s assassination. Engelhard â€śwas thereâ€ť during that thrilling era. He was the doorman at the now-famous Bitter End nightclub that played host to many counter-culture legends including Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Lenny Bruce, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and Jack Kerouac.
Engelhard is also the author of The Horseman, Deadly Deception, and the award-winning Escape from Mount Moriah: Memoirs of a Refugee Childâ€™s Triumph, that depicts his childhood adventures after his familyâ€™s escape from the Nazi invasion of France. His op-ed newspaper column, â€śA View of the Absurdâ€ť is distributed nationally and he has written three plays.
Deadly Deception is under development by Fast Carrier Pictures in Hollywood as the movie "The Crapshooter." Reminiscent of "The Hustler" and "The Cincinnati Kid," the drama focuses on Julian Rothchild, a crapshooter who runs afoul of an unscrupulous casino boss one memorable weekend in Las Vegas.
Also based on a screenplay by Engelhard, tough guy actor Frank Vincent will star with James Caan in "Sinking Springs," the unlikely story of an Amish drug-smuggling ring that operated out of Lancaster, Pa. in the 1980's.
Jack recently completed a manuscript for a novel entitled The Uriah Deadline, a controversial thriller set against the backdrop of up-to-the-minute headlines and the raging conflict in the Mideast.
Born in Toulouse, France, Jack spent his formative years in Montreal and Cincinnati. Though not conventionally religious, he admits to being inspired by Scriptures for both style and substance, as evidenced in his writings, wherein he puts his characters to the test -- placing the spotlight on men and women to see how they behave and perform under moral pressure. His personal experiences -- beginning with his familyâ€™s dramatic escape, to earning a place as a worldwide bestselling novelist -- may explain his search for integrity in a world of chaos.
Jack settled in the Philadelphia area in the 1960s where he edited his own newspaper and later became an award-winning journalist and special features columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for over 15 years. He is also a former KYW News Radio and newspaper editor covering the Middle East. Jack served as an American volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces and is a ranking belt in Krav Maga, Israeli martial arts. He currently resides in southern New Jersey with his wife Leslie and their children, David and Rachel.