The Scandal Goddess
Dell, New York, 1971
dedication: To David ... a friend indeed
The blurb on the back:
The Queen Bee.
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.
an alternate edition courtesy of
The Crooked Dreamer
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5