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Four Hollywood women--teenage rock diva Savor; Min, a supermodel torn between two brothers; Claudia, an aging film star; and magazine editor Joanne--compete for men, money, and success and find their lives linked by a mysterious and terrifying stranger who threatens all their dreams. Reprint.
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A Hollywood debut novel complete with celebrities, up-market brand names, and the requisite crazed woman-hating psychosexual serial killer. It's really just a matter of high concept. If you look at Kincaid's smoothly written Tinsel-book as fiction, it's just another in a long line of formula pulp, a little more well-informed than most; but if you see it as a textbook to movie business and pop folklore, it's an effective and sometimes entertaining way to learn. For example, it's much easier to remember that a craft- service girl is the person on a movie set who stocks snacks for the cast and crew if she's one of the serial killer's victims, found tortured and bloody with a bondage mask over her head. It's more attention-getting to discover that erotic scenes are difficult to play when the problem is set forth as the inner monologue of a well-endowed movie star having sex. Kincaid provides detailed lists of what expensive cars to drive and clothes to wear (``Geoffrey Beene's silver sequin slip dress with point d`esprit panels'' and ``high-vamped Diego della Valle hammered gold satin huaraches''). And because all the featured players here bear a plausible resemblance to someone famous, there's the hint that perhaps some of the sordid gossip we're hearing is true. The plot, apart from solving the murders, is about various people involved in the location shooting of a blockbuster film: the beleaguered producer who has to fight to keep his studio from the 300-pound Australian pervert; the superstar actress whose son is one of the stars; the extraordinarily virile six-feet five-inch twins who love the same extraordinarily beautiful supermodel; the bulimic superagent; the ex-porn star, etc. And as background, there's an ongoing soundtrack of plausible name-dropping from some gifted Hollywood observers who can spot cosmetic surgery at a hundred feet. Mindless, approaching camp. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Devotees of Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins will revel in this sexy, cerebral, and suspenseful hybrid. First-novelist Kincaid, no stranger to Tinseltown, captures its seductive and sordid essence for the mid-1990s. Replete with a cast of characters akin to a Cecil B. DeMille production, the plot revolves around three women: Savor, Min Stevenson, and Claudia Overton. The major motion picture Moonstone, plagued with an overblown budget and assorted complications, is the centripetal force that binds them together. Savor is the 15-year-old pop sensation slated to sing the title song. Min is the beautiful 23-year-old model making her acting debut on the silver screen. Claudia is the desirable 45-year-old movie star, rejected for the part of the female lead because she is the mother of the lead actor. A serial murderer, stalking women in a trendy nightclub, provides an element of danger. A sizzling addition to this summer's hot reading list. Liz Rifken
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Book Description Kensington, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M157566187X