By David Collins

Simply once we actually need it, a scathingly humorous novel that skewers the ego-driven, morally bankrupt international of the massive Deal Billionaire Robert Maxx is a king on the earth of actual property. Prestigious structures endure his identify, the click treats him like royalty, and lovely ladies are extremely joyful to be visible on his arm. Ruthless, bullying, vengeful, and but, every now and then, improbably endearing, Maxx either repels and fascinates. For author David Collins, issues are usually not so rosy. His novels did not promote. His marriage fell aside. Scrabbling for a livelihood, he is grew to become to ghostwriting. while he will get the gig to crank out Maxx's subsequent bestseller, he regards the project as not anything greater than a simple payday. yet whatever occurs. The storyteller in Collins takes over, and he realizes that this is not another hack activity. it can be his final likelihood to jot down whatever of actual price, reclaim his battered self-respect, and win again the ex-wife he nonetheless loves. opposed to the all-too-real historical past of a cratering economic climate and the tip of simple cash, issues begin to collapse for Maxx. because it turns into transparent that his amazing empire was once outfitted on lies, hucksterism, and doubtful accounting, the degree is determined for lethal clash among a fallen idol desirous to disguise the reality and a author passionate about an within tale that merely he can inform.

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Whether this was simply to preserve his privacy or to dissociate himself from his famous brother, it seemed impossible to say. Either way, he’d managed to live his life mostly below the radar. All that was known about him was that he was a painter of no particular distinction, as well as an art collector and sometime patron of talents larger than his own. It had also been reported—though details were few and far between—that he’d spent a fair bit of time shuttling in and out of discreet and extremely costly mental institutions.

She’s really good, especially her Chopin. ” “Ah,” I said, and restrained myself from saying anything more, because if I said more it was bound to come out rueful or maudlin or bitter or sarcastic. The ever-elusive musical career. That was one of the two things that had poisoned our sweet little youthful marriage. The other was the ever-elusive literary career. M A X X E D O U T | 31 When Claire and I first got together, we fancied ourselves—as did so many young couples with big dreams and at least a modicum of talent—as a golden duo, a supernal pair who would be written up in magazines, recognized in restaurants.

Once there, I performed one of the many small but essential rituals by which a project becomes incrementally more real to me: I prepared to create a new folder. The folder needed a name, and this got me up and pacing. The 36 | DAV I D C O L L I N S name was important. I’d see it every day for as long as I was working on this book; in some subliminal way the name would steer my thoughts. A bad name would be an annoyance and a distraction. A good name would keep me believing, keep me pumped. The bluesky scenario was that the folder name would prove right and durable enough to end up as the title.

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