This may be the first novel I’ve ever read where, with the equivocal exception of maybe Woody Steele, whose name is unfortunately a contradiction of his now defunct manhood, has absolutely no redeeming values. But that’s where the fun begins. This satire about the rich 1% and the back-biting that is their life’s pursuit puts the filthy into filthy rich. These characters live to make money, preferably from shafting each other. The two men at the forefront of the novel are Woody and Ivan Greenbriar, both are billionaires, both are looking to one up the other in any way possible. Another male character, whose claim to fame is being shot in the privates, is the cop, Sargent Scanion who spends his days on desk duty as the lure for men in chat rooms looking for underage girls. Add to that a crazy Russian socialist who thinks he’s still in the revolution and a lovesick tech guy who has discovered the joys and lucrativeness of cross-dressing and you’ve got a party.
But it’s the women in the book that are the most conniving and cunning. Ivan’s wife, Makenzie, who is just bidding her time until her pre-nup kicks in, her best friend and madam, Victoria, dominatrix extraordinaire, Mary Margaret, Woody’s business associate and cutthroat business woman, and Svetlana, granddaughter to the socialist and famous movie star whose career has hit an equestrian snag. They are ruthless and will stop at nothing to get what they want.
This novel is written with wit and humor. There are some real laugh-out-loud moments. The social commentary is priceless, for example, the talk surrounding a charitable foundation is funny in the most sick, horrible way. I don’t know much about the 1%, but if this is any indication of how they live and think, I’m not sure I’d want to spend much time with them. I did enjoy this novel, it’s a crazy ride with lots of laughs on the way. I found myself having a hard time putting it down. If you’re squeamish about whips and cross-dressing, or funny lines about a defunct penis, you might want to sit this one out. Other than that, I’d say jump on board for a great, hilarious read.