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Guilty Pleasures [Mass Market Paperback]

Lawrence Sanders
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Book Description

Jan. 11 2002
Only Lawrence Sanders could have created this saga of a family that breaks all the rules--both God's and man's. Moving from the seventies to the nineties, Guilty Pleasures invites readers into the affluent arena of shocking acts and stunning revelations that is the South Florida world of the Folsby clan. Emmet Richard Folsby: Founder of a mighty publishing empire, a patriarch to be admired--with one unspeakable exception Constance Louise Folsby: Emmet's wife and cofounder of the empire, now an invalid dying by degrees--resolutely blind to the moral missteps of those she cares for Barbara Ann Folsby: The wildcat daughter--a fiercely ambitious businesswoman--inexorably lured to love at its most forbidden Brett Sherwood Folsby: The dashing playboy son, his sister's most bitter antagonist--and a man with sexual secrets of his own Through two decades, the Folsbys embrace their checkered destinies as Barbara and Brett battle for future control of the empire--never guessing that a trusted family friend with a hidden agenda is quietly manipulating them all. Lawrence Sanders's Guilty Pleasures flawlessly blends suspense and scandal to create a unique reading experience that jolts even as it fascinates.

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Lawrence Sanders, one of the world's most popular novelists, wrote twenty-five international bestsellers including Deadly Sin and The Seventh Commandment series and the eight Archy McNally novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to scratch March 8 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Guilty pleasures by Lawrence Sanders G.P. Putman's Sons 1998
Sanders has a number of novels to his credit and on the whole, those I have read, have given pleasure, although personally I find the McNally series weaker than the "Sin" and "Commandment" series. This book seems to fit with the McNallys.
The story revolves around Emmet Folsby, the owner of a wealthy publishing company, his dying wife Constance and his two children Barbara Ann and Brett. Emmet and his daughter Barbara have an incestuous relationship of long standing which has been kept secret from Constance. Barbara is also having affair with a young Noah, being sponsored at Harvard Law School by their neighbor, retired Judge Hampton, who is sleeping with Noah's mother. Brett, who is bi-sexual, decides to marry and have a child to enhance his chances of inheriting the business. All except Constance are very sexually active. You get the picture - not much to the story and not one that I would recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big question mark that never goes away May 2 1998
By A Customer
When I read this book, the first impression was this book was not written by the great Sanders. For years, I've remained one of the most loyal fan of Sanders, but when his cash-in books and some abslutely-not-his-creations gradually infiltrated under his great name, I've also become pretty devastated and estranged, but still tried everytime to get ahold of his new one first-handed. This one, a so pathetic make-belief novel by whosoever-Sanders-to-be, was indeed a last coffin nail to vaporize my depreciated loyalty to this old guy. The style, the writing, the.....whatever might be included were so un-Sanders from page 1, although I could live with some of the big-deal scenarios of incest that I could be more care less. The rich-girl-must-be-beautiful and the Great Gatsby prototypes in American bestseller culture are the worst garbage dumped on our poor readers/consumers. Why all the daughters from the rich families must be beautiful? Those rich buggers might be ugly merely married to beautiful women, but not necessary to just have one-sided gene of the mother and bear beautiful offsprings only. Bored-to-death lousy and plain story with a phony author's signature. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark tale of a family empire. March 29 1998
By A Customer
Guilty Pleasures may disappoint some Lawrence Sanders fans who have grown accustomed to the humor in the McNalley series or the procedural based Deadly Sin's/Commandment series. In this book the author takes you into the same dark areas of human relationships that he took you in with books like The Case of Lucy Bending or The Passion of Molly T. Sanders has covered a twenty year span in the life of the Folsby family. Emmet Folsby is the founder of a publishing empire, his wife who helped him in his business is now a house bound invalid. There is a son and a daughter - Barbara Ann and Brett. Barbara Ann is a fighter and wants to rise through the ranks in her father's empire; Brett is the wild one who expects everything given to him. This is a dark novel that deals with infidelity, incest, and homosexuality. I get the impression that Mr. Sanders wanted to continue the story with another novel, but his death in February this year may prevent that. From what I have seen this book has not been too well received, but I am a loyal Sanders fan and I liked this book. There are many scenes of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" that have become a Sanders trademark, along with his usual extensive vocabulary. Lawrence Sanders gave us 38 novels before he died and I for one will dearly miss him.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Sanders can do better I hope!!! June 22 1998
By A Customer
Unfortunately, for me, I found this latest read of L. Sanders to be a complete departure from his usual intriguing writing abilities....I prefer the McNally series, and hope desparately he comes back...after 18 years of reading all of his releases, I have now invested in hard cover books....Guilty Pleasures, to me was slow and the ending was poor....after all with today's societal norms on incest I found it very hard to believe this man could get on a boat and sail away from one of life's horrific situations that many children and adults live with....The characters initially had some luster then they became boring and predictable as well...overall I was disappointed with this...After living in Florida from 1992 through 1995 I became very aware of the Palm Beach and Florida coast line lifestyles....Mr. Sanders, there are ions of volumes you could write about the folks down in Florida.....Thank you...Bring back McNally and hopefully he'll marry Consuela!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Sub-Par Swan Song April 7 1999
By A Customer
To Sanders fans and casual readers, this novel is a major disappointment. Still, I must admit to some amusement at the intensity with which other reviewers here are attacking this weak effort. It should be noted that this novel was published just after Sanders' death, and it is possible that he intended to work on it more but was prevented from doing so by ill health. Alternately it's conceivable that his declining health may have kept him from tapping some of his usually delicious ideas and left him with a potboiler that rarely bubbles. The Sanders style is here, but muted. A final McNally novel is scheduled for this summer, so let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that this one is closer to Sanders' usual standard. As for all those folks who exclaim that they won't read another one --- well, this is the last one. Too bad he couldn't have departed on a more graceful note.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time
This book is a waste of time, trite, predictable and sorid. Shame on the author for throwing many of life's ugly aspects into one book. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Lawrence Sanders, and that's not a compliment.
I enjoy and look forward to any Lawrence Sanders book. This was unlike like anything I have ever read from him. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Revolting
There are alot of odd families in this world. Alot of odd families with secrets. However this book was disgusting. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars A limp handshake!
The book never developed into - anything. It's like a Seinfeld episode...only without the humor.
Published on Oct. 20 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Usually Sanders keeps you riveted, this was a book that left you hanging. The ending was really disappointing. You kept waiting for a plot that never happened
Published on July 13 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars "Guilty Pleasures" was a pleasure for me!!
Contrary to popular opinion, I really enjoyed this book. The plot and characters were twisted enough to keep my interest throughout. As always, I look forward to the next one.
Published on April 17 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars The First Book I Ever Threw Away.....
I wish I would have read the other reader reviews before I bought this awful book. I could not believe it was written by the same Lawrence Sanders who gave us the McNally books. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 1999 by D. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Lawrence Sanders novel ever!
I was shocked and dismayed at the subplots of this novel, as well as the characters. Not one of them was remotely likeable and the author did not persue any of them in depth for a... Read more
Published on Dec 13 1998 by JRidgeAMF@aol.com
1.0 out of 5 stars Decadence glorified -- almost
In most Lawrence Sanders novels -- and I've read most -- the reader can connect in one way or another with the main characters. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time!
This book has no plot, no character development, no mystery, no real ending... it's such a waste! I can't believe L. Sanders wrote this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1998
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