"Gross seems to be picking up where the late, great Dominick Dunne left off in his fascination with the ways that high life and low life come together. Gross gives us the lowdown on an incredible cast of characters...[He] is such a good storyteller." --JOE MEYER, CONNECTICUT POST"Stripping bare the glamorous West Coast,from Beverly Hills to Bel-Air, Holmby Hills, Beverly Park, etc... Michael's never been a lap dog of his subjects. And he never holds back the dish "--GEORGE CHRISTY, BEVERLY HILLS COURIER
“Unreal Estate . . .
might be best described as what would happen if Us Weekly
and Architectural Digest
had a love child that was much smarter than either. The book provides a panorama of what was going on inside some of the most frivolous, gated houses on a hill that have ever existed.” -Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
has it all: movie stars, murders, strippers, pimps, playboys and Mafiosi alongside the founding members of Los Angeles society . . . The book is a great read." -New York Social Diary
"Murderers, lawyers, actors, pornographers, tycoons, and addicts . . . Fantasy and ambition, cheating and careless waste . . . Gross's research is meticulous. Hard to read. Harder to put down." -Los Angeles Magazine
“A juicy, breezily told social history of La La Land . . .” -Kirkus
“A gripping picture of what made Los Angeles what it is today...In Unreal Estate, [Michael Gross] takes on the Western Frontier like a modern day cowboy — seeking, searching and taking no prisoners.” -Lucy Blodgett, The Huffington Post
"Juicy cocktail-party anecdotes . . . fill Unreal Estate."
"Scandal filled" -Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter
"Gross writes with an aficionado’s zeal . . ." -Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Michael Gross is the best-selling author of 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building, Rogues’ Gallery: The Secret History of the Lust, Lies, Greed and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women and other books. A Contributing Editor of Travel + Leisure he has also written for major publications around the world, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire and GQ. He lives in New York City.