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Guilty Pleasures Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM); Reprint edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425166392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425166390
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,886,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By Glenn McLeod on 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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By A Customer on May 2 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on March 29 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on June 22 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on April 7 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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