This rags to riches story centres on a poor girl from the Florida Everglades whose artistic designs make an impact on Hollywood. Her love for a film star leads to drama and suspence as she finds herself caught up in the vicious battle for control of one of Hollywood's most exclusive hotels. Pat Booth has also written "The Lady and the Champ", "Rags to Riches", "Sparklers", "The Big Apple", "Palm Beach" and "The Sisters".
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Again, Booth (Palm Beach, 1985; The Sisters, 1987) mucks her way through a morass of sleaze to tell an "inside" story about Beverly Hills' rich and infamous. "Her breasts [were] shameless in the enormity of their statement. . .separated from each other by a cleavage that, in more ways than one, conjured up visions of Silicone Valley. Across the crack-of-doom divide stretched the Milky Way of Caroline Kierkegaard s mammary land." And from there it's all downhill. CaroliNe Kierkegaard is a statuesque Beverly Hills New Age guru/channeller (really a dominatrix with a new gimmick) who is vying with hunky actor Robert Hartford to purchase the fabulous Sunset Hotel. When Francisco Livingstone, the Sunset's elderly owner, seems determined to sell to Hartford, Caroline sets Livingstone up with a pubescent gift and then blackmails him with photos of their tryst. Hartford saves the day by pretending to seduce Caroline, while a cohort steals back the incriminating evidence; Caroline responds by (a) having her latest plaything - masochistic tycoon David Plutarch - bankrupt Hartford, and (b) killing Livingstone in a most unusual way, using industrial-strength glue. But Hartford will have the last laugh. In the meantime, Hartford's psycho chauffeur has fallen madly in love with the actor's main squeeze, Paula Hope, causing Hartford to crush the man's head in a video machine. Most readers will need a good, hot shower after this one. (Kirkus Reviews)