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From Publishers Weekly

Picking up on Oscar night, where Krantz's 1977 blockbuster first novel left off, this sequel is long on background filler, short on suspense, rarely exciting or even steamy. Wealthy and gorgeous Billy Ikehorn has a secret, but when her movie producer husband Vito Orsini's never-before-mentioned teenage daughter shows up, Billy's secret, and her marriage, become irrelevant. She mothers Gigi, starting her off, naturally, with an expensive new haircut and wardrobe. Meanwhile, Billy's Beverly Hills-based designer clothes store, Scruples, is so successful she opens new branches. Then a tragedy involving her key staff sends the distraught Billy fleeing to Paris, where she has an affair with a sculptor. Gigi moves to New York, lives with lingerie model Sasha (the "Great Slut") Nevsky, and falls for Sasha's brother Zach. Ultimately, Billy realizes that having scads of money doesn't buy happiness (though it does make it possible to dine in five-star restaurants, live in groovy houses, wear fabulous clothes, stay forever young-looking, and finance your own business venture to design less expensive clothes for average-income folks--"Scruples Two"). Perhaps in "Scruples Three" Billy will donate excess clothing to the homeless. 500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Krantz gives fans another dizzying spin around the glitter world of high fashion, hot sex, and Hollywood, picking up in 1978 with a pregnant Billy Ikehorn (of Scruples, 1977) the night after her new husband, Italian producer Vito Orsini, wins the Oscar (but, of course). Billy's marital bliss lasts a nanosecond before Vito cheats, she miscarries, they divorce, and Billy once again is glamorously jet-setting to New York, Hong Kong, Paris, wherever, opening namesakes of her famous boutique worldwide. We're reacquainted with the old gang, especially partners Spider Elliot and Valentine O'Neill, as Krantz interweaves their lives with those of Billy's new and ever widening circle, which now places her teenage stepdaughter Gigi (from her marriage to Vito) right in the center and ripe for picking. Billy continues to pour her passionate energy into projects--her stores, Gigi, a mansion, and a double life with sculptor Sam Jamison in Paris, and--ultimately--a mail-order boutique called Scruples Two. Meanwhile, tragedies strike, loves are won and lost, loyalties betrayed, backs bitten, and sex--always hot and sometimes kinky--is had by almost all. Krantz's all-knowing narrator, the quintessential gossip mogul who has the goods on everyone, knowing each inside out, dishes it out with such relish and appeal that it's hard not to be hooked from beginning to end, even when the designer and dominatrix references begin to grow stale. Pure, delicious fun. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553561111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553561111
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1997
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Judith Krantz is not a writer you read for intellectual stimulation or spiritual enlightenment. But she is still one of the most entertaining mass-market novelists around, especially for women. All of her books feature strong, attractive (on the inside as well as the outside) yet believable women; and the plots are the stuff of modern age fairy tales. Scruples is her first novel, the one that put her on the map and was a smash hit in the late '70s. The heroine, Billy Winthrop Ikehorn (two other surnames follow eventually), may be the least likeable of all her heroines, yet is the most believable perhaps because she is flawed. The plot and settings feel slightly dated, but don't really distract from the pure mindless enjoyment of a "smashing read". One of the big attractions of the Krantz novels are the well-researched and absorbing "inside details" of the settings - of the Beverly Hills retail world, the movie industry and people of a certain class in Paris in the case of Scruples. If you read this book and like it, you'll want to grab all her books; if you hate it, don't bother with any others. I have been buying every single one of her books since Scruples up to her latest, Spring Collection, and hope she continues. They are great for reading in bed or in a hot tub.

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I just happened to run across this review that I wrote way back in 1997. I recently downloaded the Kindle version in a fit of nostalgia, and re-read it for the first time in at least 10 years. I still enjoyed it, but it does seem a lot more dated now. It is very much a product of its time, the mid to late 1970s (the original publication date is 1978).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kcap131 on September 15, 2011
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I was very excited to finally find Judith Krantz novels on Kindle & I gladly paid the publisher's price for a book that is over 30 years old. However, The amount of transcription errors was HUGE!,,, words misspelled, words and paragraphs missing. Come on, if you are going to charge that much for it, the LEAST the publisher could do is proofread it!

Judith Krantz novels are pure, unadulterated slutty fun. The poor transcription takes away frm that fun.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Veltsos on March 24, 2012
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When I heard that ABC is developing a series based upon this 1970s novel, I decided to re-read it and refresh my memory. Unfortunately, the quality was so poor that the only way I could follow the story at times was from memory. It looked like the publisher had an intern scan the book and no one proofed the OCR. Punctuation, words, and even paragraphs were missing. Several words were completely misspelled. It wasn't worth even the few dollars I paid for it, so I returned the ebook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Privacy, Please on June 12, 2010
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Back in the dark, dead days of the late 70s, when I was 16, I was introduced to this book by a nice little old lady with whom I volunteered at my town's senior citizens center. "Hey, you wanna read a good dirty book?"she rasped through her cigarette and lent me her copy of "Scruples". "Don't tell your mother!" I was bored beyond belief and always happy to have something new and different to read, but being a "nice girl" I had almost no experience with the "good dirty book" genre, and what I'd seen of it previously was largely plotless and gross. I had no use for fantasies of suburban housewives, or tales of adult film stars. What a surprise to find that "Scruples" had interesting and exotic (but not too exotic) characters, a semblance of a plot, and descriptions of exactly what people did together and how it felt good to a woman. This was not an era where teenage girls were encouraged to have (or know about) sex and when it did happen, it went badly more often than not, so much of the stuff in the book was news to me. Let's just say reading "Scruples" taught me a lot more than my required "Health" class with its focus on sperms, eggs and babies, and I became an avid Krantz fan for her next couple books.

Reading this book again as an adult living in a different era, I can see some definite virtues and some flaws that would have gone by me at age 16. The first part of the book focuses on Wilhelmina "Billie" Winthrop and her transformation from obese teenage ugly duckling to sexy French-speaking fashion plate, eventually culminating in a marriage to her rich boss and then, after his death (and many affairs), to a movie producer. This tale, especially the story of Billie's early years in Paris and New York, is probably the most fun part of the book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By alexandra ash on July 1, 2003
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I don't usually read romance novels - they're all patently predictable and unbelievable and, in most cases, horribly written. My girlfriend read Scruples during the summer that we were both 15, and she made me read it, which I did in one long, hot day, stretched out in a hammock in my backyard. The writing is quite intelligent, humorous, touching, and diverse - Judith Krantz, I quickly learned, likes to educate the reader at odd, unsuspected moments. Odd little tidbits - such as South Carolina produces more fashion models than any other state, and that panties from Juel Park go for $200.00 a paid (or did in 1976). The sex was rather yummy, and kind of ahead of its time (read the glory hole sequence). Yeah, I read it, and yeah, I enjoyed it, and yeah, I read her other books as well. I must admit, this one was my favorite. I still have a copy, and i still re-read it from time to time. Hey, sometimes you just have to appreciate the classics.
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