Shining City (Hardcover)

By Seth Greenland

Bloomsbury USA, 9781596915046, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2008

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Paperback (6/23/2009)

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A witty and sexy satire about how contemporary American culture defines right and wrong, good and bad, from the acclaimed author of "The Bones."
When good guy Marcus Ripps takes over his black sheep brother's lucrative dry cleaning business, he has no idea what he's in for. Before long, he is running one of the most popular escort services in West Hollywood. As the money starts pouring in, he revitalizes his marriage, buys a new Mercedes, and gives his son a bar mitzvah he'll never forget. But, when his conscience and the law starts to catch up with him, Marcus must decide if his sudden financial windfall is worth all the risk.
A wild, clever, consistently hysterical romp, "Shining City" is an L.A. adventure that will keep you guessing to the very end.

About the Author

Seth Greenland is the author of The Bones. An award-winning playwright, he has also written extensively for film and television.

Praise For Shining City

“Shining City is simply pedal-to-the-metal fun -- sassy and knowing and irreverent. It's much too much of all those things to be pigeonholed as "summer reading," but if you have room for only one entertainment this summer, let Shining City be it.”  —Washington Post Book World

“The tone here …recalls the more good-natured novels of Evelyn Waugh. Greenland slows us down sometimes and makes us think about a plot in which the twists keep coming.  Readers will be seduced by the combination of narrative skill, speed and sharp-pointed wit.”   —Los Angeles Times

“Rarely do novels that are so ruthlessly satiric have such a warm heart.  Greenland achieves a deft balance between the preposterous and the plausible.”  —Kirkus, starred review

“Uproarious… Greenland's novel is entertaining and intelligent, and packed with enough hooks (and hookers) to keep readers sucked in to the last page.”   —Publishers Weekly

“Sweet, sparkling, gorgeous. Cruel. Greenland writes masterfully about the underbelly of Los Angeles. The funniest, most interesting writer about the world's weirdest city, Greenland shines brightly amongst his less-in-the-know peers.”   —Joy Nicholson, author of The Road to Esmeralda and The Tribes of Palos Verdes