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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933633727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933633725
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,386,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Nobody does the high-tech financial thriller better than Thomas."-Publisher's Weekly

"Deliciously entertaining-a stupendous performance."-Washington Post Book World

"Savage, pungent, wity...Not since Sinclair Lewis has an American novelist been able to fill in the variegated background of his characters."-Louis Auchincloss, New York Review of Books

About the Author

Michael M. Thomas is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Ropespinner Conspiracy, Hard Money, Hanover Place, and Baker's Dozen. Before becoming a full-time writer, Thomas enjoyed successful careers as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a partner at the Wall Street firm, Lehman Brothers. His journalism has appeared widely, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and a column for the New York Observer. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

More About the Author

After a career as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a partner at Lehman Brothers and an independent financial consultant and investor, I sat down in 1978 to write my first novel. The book, Green Monday, published in 1980, was a success, and I became a full-time writer. Since then I have published seven other novels, written innumerable articles and reviews, and beginning in 1987, a weekly column for The New York Observer. I also contribute occasional commentary to Forbes.com.
I like to write novels that I would enjoy reading - for I was a voracious reader long before I took up the typewriter and then the computer keyboard.To me, reading enjoyment derives from both the intelligence and the heart. I've often said I read nonfiction for information, but novels for truth, by which I mean insight and understanding. Plots must make narrative sense; the reader must say to himself or herself from the first page, "Yes, this could happen!" And, indeed, much of what I've set down in my novels has in fact subsequently come to pass.My characters take a view of life, which they both shape and are shaped by. They have opinions, and sometimes what they have to say has such a ring of authenticity that readers can get upset. Still, the criticism I am most proud of appeared just last Suday, July 19, in The New York Post, in a review of my latest novel, Love & Money (Melville House), by Kyle Smith, who opened his review with the statement, "Smart people need beach reads too." There's my ideal reader: who wants both enlightenment and entertainment in the same package, and is scared of neither.

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And there were too many pop culture references, which mean that this book will be ineffective in 3 years.
Glittersurf
Michael Thomas, a cherished treasure to long-time readers, has outdone himself with his latest New York story, a book that will please long-time and new readers alike.
J. M. Didier
Yes, it's a page-turner, and excellent at that, but "Love and Money" is also beautifully written, clearly told, and elegant throughout.
Matthew Stevenson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Didier on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Love & Money Michael Thomas seems to emerge from a soulscape somewhere in between Harold Robbins and Dominick Dunne. Or is it Antony Trollope and James Grant (of his beloved `Interest Rate Observer')? In profiles appearing in New York Magazine, the New York Observer, and other mostly local press, a portrait emerges of a Michael Thomas born in New York City to a life of opportunity and privilege who made the most of it...a thoroughbred with no tolerance for the come-latelys who defiled his great city with their money-grubbing opportunism in the latter part of the last century. Over the years he has spoken out on behaviors that many found distasteful, but were hesitant to decry; in Love & Money, he echoes some favorite themes: Of what value is a `social life' if you have to pay for it? Is the pursuit of money what society has become? Whither love and family? Michael Thomas followed the comings and goings of the `haves' of New York incisively and viciously through the eighties and nineties in his Midas Watch column in the now [seriously]-defunct New York Observer. Who could forget his "Four Horsemen of the Hamptons Apocalypse" (if I recall correctly, Ron Perelman, Martha Stewart, Peggy Siegal, and that bullet-headed restaurateur)? He managed to capture the essence of the era, and that is why his column was followed so voraciously by so many. Another writer emerged from the Observer a superstar, but look what she has wrought? Michael Thomas, a cherished treasure to long-time readers, has outdone himself with his latest New York story, a book that will please long-time and new readers alike.

The protagonist of Love & Money, Clifford Grange, might be Michael Thomas' alter-ego, the creator of a grand, artistic film derided as racist by critics...echoes of Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eve Pell on July 29, 2009
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Intriguing, behind-the-scenes account of movers and shakers in high places, warts and all, as they maneuver for profit and power: This rattling-good story brings the reader into a high-stakes situation where the rich and famous game one another with moves and counter-moves--and kept me turning pages as the plot unfolded in surprising twists and odd turns. Michael M. Thomas, a smart cookie who knows the worlds of high finance, art and divorce law, tells an entertaining, fast-moving tale of sex, scandal and suspense with wit, a few morality lessons and sharp comments along the way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Babe on June 20, 2009
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From the hot beginning (whew!) all the way to the Supreme Court, this book was a helluva ride -- really entertaining but brainy in a way that stuck with me. I gave it to my husband -- something for us to talk about!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Stevenson on June 14, 2010
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Do yourself a favor, and buy this terrific book with One-Click or express delivery, so that you can do what I did: which is to devour it in one long gulp of a read. Yes, it's a page-turner, and excellent at that, but "Love and Money" is also beautifully written, clearly told, and elegant throughout. To read it I took a break from a William Dean Howells novel, and I think Michael Thomas compares well to that master. He understands a vast number of subjects, from the media and law, to merger and acquisition finance, and the magic of this book is that the excursions into the Supreme Court or state politics detract not at all from the racy narrative at the core of the novel. I love the informed voice of the lawyer, Arthur Jekyll, the Marlow of divorce lawyers. Indeed the names of the all the characters, from Constance Grange to Belle Villers, echo those that you might find in Hardy or Dickens. Here's a novel that should be required reading in our law, business, and finishing schools. I promise: this is a book that you will recommend to your friends. And with any luck it will soon be a movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen C. Rubin on August 7, 2009
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If you're a big fan BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES or SEX AND THE CITY, you'll love LOVE AND MONEY.

Smart, a great read, insightful social commentary on the craziness of New York City, and a juicy plot. I read it in one day.
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