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Love and Money Paperback – June 16, 2009

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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.
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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: #645,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I ordered Michael Thomas' Love and Money along with Pat Conroy's South of Broad in the same package. I read Mr. Thomas' book first. Both books are packed with dense and delicious prose - the kind that you don't want to read quickly or skim over. The sentences just roll around in your memory; the descriptions keep resounding in your mind for the second and third enjoyment. Here is an example of a character description: "hardly a reptilian glitter one would expect; the mouth's a plus, too: perfectly average, without that snapping turtle downturn that lips tend to curve into after a few decades of biting off other men's nuts."

I won't give away the plot of Mr. Thomas' book; however it a sweet commentary on modern culture that is ironic, wry, funny, and substantive all at the same time. the characters are particularly well developed and the plot moves briskly. The author is obviously well versed in many areas: law, finance, marriage and divorce, art history, and politics. If you want a great read, get this book.
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