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- DescriptionThe landscape of contemporary Paris, the best restaurants, the trendiest bars and clubs, is usually filled with the wealthy, the famous, and le rake or le roue, the charming, educated sophisticate with little or conscience. Into this cushy world bursts Dr. Crandall Taylor --or rather the actor who plays him--the star of a dated American soap opera that is w one of the hottest primetime shows in France. And this newfound fame, as enriching as it is unexpected, is t wasted on Crandall, eager to put his dark and often violent American past behind him and enjoy all the fruits--and the women--that Paris and fame have to offer him. But TV fame isn't eugh. Randall wants a feature film. Every actor wants a feature film, and so Crandall uses his charm and intellect to draw into his narcissistic web four different women: an executive at the network that runs his show; an American porn star reaching new heights on the internet; a bookish university student with a slightly nasty bent; and the beautiful would-be actress wife of an arms dealer. Against his better judgment, Crandall accepts both the arms dealer's cash and his beautiful wife's advances. Soon, Crandall is on the run through the alleys and streets of Paris, trying t only to fund a film but simply to stay alive. But this is ordinary chase--and Crandall is ordinary mouse--and soon his penchant for violence, sex, and megalomania erupts into full blown war. Rake is the latest ir classic from the author of The Ice Harvest. It features a charming, despicable anti-hero and a funny, satiric take on modern entertainment culture. Phillips turns his gimlet eye on the lush life of an actor who, on his destructive tour through Paris, crosses the line from garden variety narcissism into full-fledged psycopathy.
- Author BiographyScott Phillips is the author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway, Cottonwood, and The Adjustment. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and lived for many years in France.
- Author(s)Scott Phillips
- Date of Publication29/05/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationBerkeley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight228 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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