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Rake (Hardcover)

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"This is straight up filthy fun as an American soap star in Paris juggles
a film deal, four lovers (at least) and the arms dealing husband of one
of them. Phillips' voice meshes with his lead characters, giving a
smart, sleazy, socially satiric crime romp." (Visit for more of Scott's recommendations.)

— Scott M.


Celebrity and crime pay off big time for an American sociopath in Paris in "one of the great joys in new noir fiction" (Los Angeles Review of Books).

Dr. Crandall Taylor--or rather the actor who plays him--is enjoying a cushy new life in the City of the Lights where his now-cancelled American soap opera has become a prime time retro cult hit. This newfound stardom isn't wasted on him. Anxious to keep his brutal past a secret from fans, he's enjoying all the fruits that fame has to offer: adulation, entrée into the trendiest clubs, and sex. What he really wants is to fund a feature film.

Crandall uses his charm and intellect to draw into his narcissistic web four women: a horny network executive; an internet porn star; a bookish university student with a nasty bent; and the fetching starlet wife of an arms dealer. Crandall accepts both the crime lord's cash and his beautiful wife's advances. Big mistake. Now Crandall must channel his violent, megalomaniacal dark side just to stay alive--and on the run.

From the national bestselling author of The Ice Harvest comes "an ingeniously twisty old-school noir along the lines of James M. Cain" (Spinetingler Magazine). With it, the "mad, bad, and dangerous to know . . . quintessential American huckster . . . and in Phillip's sly, deft hands we find ourselves sinking down eagerly with him, glorying in the beautiful muck" (Edgar Award-winning author Megan Abbott).

About the Author

Scott Phillips is the author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway, Cottonwood, The Adjustment, and Rake. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and lived for many years in France. He now lives with his wife and daughter in St. Louis, MO.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781619021518
ISBN-10: 161902151X
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 192
Language: English