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"Fleecing" tells the story, as other reviews have pointed out, of a woman named Linda Lane who leaves one profession out of distaste for what was going on in the workings, to enter another, and this one is far more egregeous. The upper management of the Supreme Superior Hotel in New York is made up of some genuinely unlikable people whose vices are to be tolerated if one wants to keep their position and earn their paycheck. "Iggy" Ganiff is the head honcho and, as one would expect, he is a sociopath, a criminal (embezzling and fraud, as well as other abominations), and an all around repulsive piece of...well, you fill in the blank. In his employ is a very good busboy who Ganiff summarily fires for an honest mistake anyone could have made. I feel this is depicted to show just what a nasty man this Ganiff really is. The splendor of this story is one actually cares what happens to the good people involved, such as the conscientious busboy. But one need not worry though, as things do quickly work out for him. As you read the story, you start to identify with some of the characters and the mind's eye actually starts to create faces and voices identified with these people. It's very well-written.
The story is structured like a feature-length movie: a somewhat slow start (compared to what is coming up), introduction of key characters, life becoming eventful for our protagonist, depiction of the "bad guy" element, a crisis, an elaborate setting things straight sequence, and an aftermath to keep us updated on what's been happening since.
*(possible spoiler)* I don't feel I am giving anything away here by revealing an important event here. About halfway through the story, Lane is fired by Ganiff, and the entire last third of the story depicts an unbelievably intricate plot to stick it to this horrible person who will walk over anyone at any time to get what he wants.
This would make a great movie. We see the result of determination and integrity, many sideline events and the humor also runs the gamut, from high-brow "Frasier" type humor on down to crude, dirty toilet humor.
This Linda Lane is a genius, and I have to say, author Maura Stone is possibly one as well. Very good story teller, and the revenge sequence is simply unbelievable.
Again, this is a very good, dramatic and funny story, well worth the time it takes to read it.
This book is a wonderful, witty, and fast paced adult comedy that will have you laughing out loud. I highly recommend it and can't wait till Maura Stone's next novel!!!
Some stuff seemed to be rushed through, or skipped altogether, while other parts were so drawn out I wanted to skip ahead.
The story was long. Very... very long. Like a train wreck, I wanted to look, but I also wanted to get to where I was going.
I wanted to enjoy it more, it has good potential... this just wasn't the kind of story that needed to be sooooo freaking long.
And no, I don't have a fear of long novels. As long as there is something to keep my attention and not drag out...