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But TV fame isn’t enough. Randall wants a feature film. Every actor wants a feature film, and so Crandall uses his charm and intellect to draw into his narcissistic web four different women: an executive at the network that runs his show; an American porn star reaching new heights on the Internet; a bookish university student with a slightly nasty bent; and the beautiful would-be actress wife of an arms dealer. Against his better judgment, Crandall accepts both the arms dealer’s cash and his beautiful wife’s advances. Soon, Crandall is on the run through the alleys and streets of Paris, trying not only to fund a film but simply to stay alive. But this is no ordinary chase and Crandall is no ordinary mouse and soon his penchant for violence, sex, and megalomania erupts into full-blown war.
Rake is the latest noir classic from the author of The Ice Harvest. It features a charming, despicable antihero and a funny, satiric take on modern entertainment culture. Phillips turns his gimlet eye on the lush life of an actor who, on his destructive tour through Paris, crosses the line from garden variety narcissism into full-fledged psycopathy.
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By Susie on 09-30-13
Sex, Crime, Humor—and Paris
Rake, cad, roué, scoundrel. He's the man you love to hate-- or hate to love. The anti-hero of Rake, actor Crandall Taylor, is all these things.
Scott Phillips, author of "The Ice Harvest," has set his latest thriller in Paris. His fox in the henhouse is Crandall, the lead villain of a trashy Santa Barbara-like soap opera which has flopped in the States, but is making it big in Europe.
Taylor moves to Paris to enjoy the life of a celebrity, and exploit his capital to make a film. But by "inhabiting his character," he's has made powerful enemies.
Written with striking immediacy, momentum, and knowing humor, "Rake" is modern noir at its caddish, loutish, suspenseful best.
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