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Five-Star FLEECING Paperback – December 11, 2009
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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.Read more ›
Linda Lane takes us on a tour through every corner of a grand hotel,and the hospitality business.
This is a hilarious romp with a good mystery thrown in.
Ms.Stone has created some lovable characters, and some not so likable.
If you like a story that makes you think, and is also humorously told, get a copy of Five Star Fleecing by Maura Stone. You won't be fleeced.
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!!!
However, Linda observes all sorts of questionable practices at the hotel owned in absentia by a Japanese trio. In fact, she sees theft, poor handling of guests and a management team that takes care of itself exclusively. As she tries to ignore what she observes, Linda thinks of her father who told her to never back down from an ethics scenario as she did as a lawyer.
This is a superb scathing satire of the hospitality business at a time when Wall St. is in the news with Too Big To Fail bonuses to many of those who failed. The cast is eccentric and over the top of the Empire State Building with me-me attitudes that stun idealistic newcomer Linda Lane who cannot understand the philosophy that the guest must not get in the way of bonuses. Maura Stone provides a well written tale of avarice, American style of capitalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ugh. I just finished and I'm still not sure if I like it or hate it. Stone is funny. There are some.... some.... parts that had me laughing out loud. Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Ritter
What starts off slow builds quickly as your incredulity builds as well. It's a fine balance between truth and fiction which will have you shaking your head in denial while, at the... Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Mister Hoover
This is the first book I purchased by Maura Stone (and I can't wait for more). Her humor is like no other... Five-Star delivers... a satirical masterpiece.Published on May 29, 2012 by Trish
Light read...wouldn't recommend it to friends to read...too many other good books out there to read...did not like all the dashes instead of hyphens... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Barb Bednarski
I would enjoy this book so much more if only dashes weren't used in place of hyphens. The dashes are distracting and confusing. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer