Ambitious advertising executive Brad Rowan comes to New York with a mission: make it big, and do it fast. Reminiscent of Mad Men, this tale of greed, sensuality, and all-consuming ambition demonstrates why Harold Robbins continues to be one of the world’s best-selling authors of all time.
"In a Robbins novel, women were beautiful, wealthy and wanton; men were possessed of all the restraint of college freshmen, and the plots contained accounts of some randy doings, which one critic said he would not have tried to describe to anyone." —The New York Times
Ambitious and dynamic Brad Rowan comes to New York with a mission: make it big and do it fast. Owner of an independent advertising firm, Brad will stop at nothing to get what he wants in a city where the boardrooms are as brutal as the streets—including sacrificing his relationship with the woman he loves. Morality and decency mean nothing in a place where respect is gauged by the size of your expense account.
In this tale of greed, sensuality, and all-consuming blind ambition, Harold Robbins, author of The New York Times #1 best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers, demonstrates once again why his books have sold over 750 million copies worldwide. Fast-paced with rich characters, this novel paints a compelling picture of the advertising industry in 1950s New York, a world reminiscent of Mad Men—rife with betrayal, glamour, and dizzying wealth. Drawing from his own life in New York, Robbins—yet again—captures our external desires vividly in this enduring parable of success and struggle in the city that never sleeps.
Harold Robbins (1916–1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World’s Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 best-selling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times best sellers list. His books were adapted into 13 commercially successful films and also television series that garnered numerous Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and more.The self-proclaimed "world’s best writer in plain English," Robbins wrote novels that resonated with audiences due to their graphic depictions of sex, violence, power and drugs, and the multilayered complexities of his characters, as evidenced by his best-selling novels Never Love a Stranger, The Carpetbaggers, Where Love Has Gone, and The Adventurers. He once said in an interview: "People make their own choices every day about what they are willing to do. We don’t have the right to judge them or label them. At least walk in their shoes before you do."Robbins’ personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a "playboy" image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dino De Laurentiis, Robert Evans, Ringo Starr, Barbara Eden, Lena Horne and Quincy Jones, and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of "The World’s First Rock Star Author."
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