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WILLIAM HEGNER
The Scandal Goddess


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Dell, New York, 1971
(price: $1.25; 264 pages)

dedication: To David ... a friend indeed


The blurb on the back:

The Queen Bee.
This is the story of Adrienne Drum, famous, feared and notorious. As a columnist she made or murdered reputations with a click of her typewriter. As a radio-TV personality, she held millions captive. As an insatiable female animal, she explored every path of pleasure - with partners who dared not refuse her wildest whim.
Here is a torrid novel that rips open the still raw wounds of the showbiz world to bring to life the woman who ruled and ravaged it...
'A female gossip columnist ... thinly disguised celebrities ... sex of all kinds and varieties' -
Bridgeport Post
'Highly knowledgeable, fascinating, a sure bestseller' -
Saturday Review


She's the hard-talking, hard-drinking, hard-fucking queen of hacks. And, er... that's about it, really. There's a sufficient plethora of variations (round about page 110 a dog, ahem, enters the action) to make this a true classic of exploitation fiction, but there is one curious departure from the norm: the novel is set in 1956, fourteen years earlier than the publication. Since these were fourteen years that packed a pretty tough cultural punch, it makes a huge difference, and we end up with a radically different picture of the 1950s from the one we're used to. That may have been the point of the period setting, but I couldn't really say. Nor could I tell you who any of the 'thinly disguised celebrities' are that the Bridgeport Post promises on the back of the cover.

On the subject of cover promises, the front boasts: 'Soon to be a major movie!' As far as I know, it never got made.


USA edition
an alternate edition courtesy of
The Crooked Dreamer
on-line bookshop

ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
3/5


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