From Publishers Weekly
Before he died last year, Harris wrote this bangup first installment to a projected series about a bisexual owner of a Miami modeling agency. Bentley L. Dean III runs the Picture Perfect modeling agency in South Beach. His father, a homophobic Detroit millionaire, disowned him after he broke off an engagement and had an affair with a male TV sports reporter, and though the agency's been a success, the recession has taken a big bite out of Bentley's business. Strapped for cash, he reluctantly agrees to supply gay, bi or very open-minded eye candy for a VIP party hosted by Prosperity Gentleman's Club, which is run by Emperor Seth Sinclair, a closeted gay celebrity. When Jah, an 18-year-old student Bentley's been mentoring, covers for a no-show model and begins an affair with Seth, big trouble looms. Harris's wry tale about second chances highlights what readers have long loved about his work: his ability to depict the pursuit of love and self-respect, regardless of societal and family pressures. (June)
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Bentley L. Dean III is heir to a financial empire. He is all set to marry a woman of equal pedigree when plans go awry: Bentley reveals his gay identity to his father, who then disowns him with just four words, “Not in my house.” Bentley moves to exotic South Beach, Florida, and sets up an elite modeling agency that attracts the best local male and female talent. An elusive Hollywood insider contracts the agency to provide eye candy for an exclusive party. At the event, Bentley's protégé, an impressionable college student named Jah, meets the host of the evening, African American movie star Seth Sinclair, and is eventually lured into an abusive down-low relationship with Sinclair. While Bentley is trying to save Jah, Bentley's father suffers a life-threatening heart attack, which brings father and son toward repairing their broken relationship. With Bentley back in his father's good graces, he is able to focus his resources to find and rescue Jah, but not without dangerous outcomes looming ahead. This decent-read posthumous work is subtitled The Chronicles of Bentley L. Dean, suggesting an intended series. --Vanessa Irvin Morris