Bret Easton Ellis
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Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.
Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.
But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.
A genuine literary event.
From the Hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
Written from the perspective of Clay two decades plus after being introduced in "Less Than Zero", we are privy to the lives of the same cast of characters, adults now, who have now insinuated themselves into the professional fabric of Los Angeles. All equally as vacuous, every one filled with a vituperative cunning, we witness these young adults unravel a mystery that has all of the Bret Easton Ellis trademarks: spasms of surreal violence, a culture with a fetishistic worship of ephemera(fame/money/youth etc.), a detached nonchalance dominating the proceedings(descriptions of torture and eating lunch having the exact same tone for example); in short, the markings of an Ellis novel.
Post Modern(sorry) noir at it's zenith. A must read for both Ellis fans and also crime/noir aficionados.