There follows the anarchic period of the Judges, followed by Samuel - largely the story of Saul and David - and Kings. King Saul was the first king of Israel and the first one to get fired from the job (he p*ssed off the Boss). His son Jonathan was intimately bound to Saul's successor (or usurper) David. But what fascinates me most is the story of Michal - Saul's daughter and David's wife. The "dancing" episode (2 Sam 6:13 - 23) is intense and complex, and Alter's footnotes bring out all the nuances of the Hebrew text.
This is exactly what I like in a Bible commentary: a book that calls attention to the subtleties of the text, drawing on religious and secular scholarship but not pursuing a pre-conceived ideological agenda. It just helps me appreciate and understand the Bible.