*ONE OF FOREWORD REVIEWS' TOP TEN HISTORICAL NOVELS OF FALL 2014*
"This unpredictable story is an entertaining fictional view of old Hollywood, full of public glamor and private scandal." – (Foreword Reviews)
"...subtly powerful...a Truman-Capote like piece...deeply affecting and tinged with pathos..." –(Kirkus Reviews)
"...mesmerizing...an eloquent work of art..." - Meghan Hyden, (LuxuryReading.com)
*The debut novel from Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer Mark B. Perry (Revenge, Law & Order, The Wonder Years, Party of Five)*
*HOLLYWOOD, New Year's Eve, 1951*. As Tinseltown rings in the twilight of its Golden Age, a gorgeous young man arrives from Texas, hell-bent on exploiting his brooding good-looks and smoldering sex appeal in exchange for his rightful place among the stars of the silver screen--only to become dangerously entangled in the lives of one of the most powerful couples in show business. As his dream of stardom devolves into a lurid, erotic nightmare, he must choose between fortune and fame or his own sanity and survival in this City of Whores.
©2014 Mark B. Perry (P)2014 Mark B. Perry
"...both satisfies and subverts the reader's expectations......displays an excellent sense of plot and pacing...the historical settings sparkle, especially a vividly described transatlantic passage on one of the last great ocean liners, the SS United States." (Foreword Reviews)
"...fantastic and entirely captivating...a page-turner replete with authentic period details, excellent and witty dialogue, and a layered plot worthy of the finest of Hollywood's golden age." (Anthony Caplan, author of Amazon #1 bestseller, Savior)
"A delicious debut novel. Perry weaves his small town hero Dexter Gaines through 1950s Hollywood, featuring guest appearances by Tallulah Bankhead, Rock Hudson, Judy Garland, and many others. Sexy, dishy, and filled with duplicity, sometimes Hollywood endings don't turn out exactly the way you'd expect. Pour yourself a champagne cocktail and enjoy." (Ann Lewis Hamilton, author of Expecting)
I loved the audio version of City of Whores and would listen again. Mark B. Perry brings all of the characters to life with his unique ability to capture each personality.
I loved the fact that the author intertwined Hollywood's golden age legends into the story line.
Everything! He is a delight to listen to.
I listened to this book in one sitting. It is that good!
We read/listened to City of Whores as a selection for our book club. It was a treat to Skype with the author during our book club meeting.
City of Whores is a deliciously moody story about humankind in a fun, fanciful setting. All of the participants in this not so tawdry tale, have depth and integrity. The author explores the many ways we choose to love and be loved; looking closely at what we allow to bring us joy and what we disown at any cost.
Just as the angle of the camera can create moods in a scene, so it is in life…it is all about images and angles. Everyone has a “good side” they like to be seen from and this is a story about just how far backwards some are willing to bend, to make sure that is the only side the world sees.
I really enjoyed hearing this drama unfold in and around the city I live in. It was so much fun trying to imagine if any of it were really true and who were the real characters….(I will enjoy working on that for some time.) My favorite part of the story came toward the end, when there was a sweet confirmation of identity. It brought me the needed joy I had hoped for at the end. If it hadn't turned out that way I would have suggested it to the author myself!
This was my 1st Audio Book and I loved it! I loved hearing the many different character voices that Mr. Perry does such an excellent job with. I especially enjoyed his Truman Capote and Tallulah Bankhead! How he was able to volley all of these voices while in a fast paced conversation is a mystery to me. That must be awfully hard to do, but he did it flawlessly.
For me an audio book is a game changer. I am one of those people who can never sit still to read a book. Having an author tell me his story while my hands are free is personal and comfortable. It is a whole other experience somewhere between reading and seeing the play....
I love that title! It is perfect for this book.
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