2009 SILK tells the tale of three ambitious women on a quest for fulfillment in the world of fashion, politics and wealth. Victoria loves money. Problem is she doesn’t have any. Relying mostly on her looks gets her what she wants. Until the expensive rug is pulled from under her, that is. Then scheming becomes a must to get back in the game; Christine is a renowned barrister and divorcee in her early 50s who yearns to reach the highest echelon in the law system while banging the hot and younger gym instructor in her spare time. When a suave Mafioso enters the picture all hells break loose; Isabelle is an up and coming designer and the daughter of Christine. She despises her mom deeply, blames her mostly for her unhappiness. Cocaine and the support of her gay business partner are what keep her afloat. But how long before the dam breaks?
Rupert James (aka Rupert Smith or James Lear) channels Jacqueline Susann and delivers a crackling tale of lost ambition and second chances. But contrary to the all-time classic, the women in this one are all strong individuals despite the many bumps coming their way. Though the story could have been told in fewer pages the plot never deviates too far, making the end-result a celebration from cover to cover. Crisp dialogue, clean narrative, over-the-top situations, it’s all there for you to enjoy. This is a debut novel from this author's nom de plume and this reviewer can’t wait to feast his eyes on his second effort. Hope there is a third one coming soon.
You can still catch SILK wherever paperbacks or digital books are sold.
Until next post—Martin