"Tom Wolfe rewrites American Gigolo." - Kirkus Reviews Author Coerte V.W. Felske's first release in years, Scandalocity comes on the heels of his highly-acclaimed "dolce vita fiction" trilogy: The Shallow Man, Word, and The Millennium Girl. Zeitgeist for the Information Age, the novel is set against the backdrop of the starry lights and glamorous nights of New York City. Defined as "The speed at which scandal, measured in velocity, can turn you into a star," Scandalocity is a sexy, ADHD psychological thriller, and the master of guilty pleasure prose takes on our technology-driven, media-consumed, and celebrity-obsessed culture in a taut, explosive narrative. Protagonist Harry Starslinger is a neurologically disordered online gossip columnist who becomes embroiled in the police investigation of his girlfriend's murder. Like Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground, the book takes off in roaring first-person as we ride Harry's spontaneous, insightful thoughts. One of the most connected men in the City, where his high-profile position as a purveyor of celebrity gossip offers him access anywhere, anytime, "Slinger" finds it difficult to founder life-sustaining connections in a rocket-paced world of IMs, iPods and e-mails, social networking sites, and hand-held techie toys. The story unfolds in parallel between the ongoing murder investigation and the burgeoning romance with the victim in the past. There's more murder, a manhunt, and Harry becomes the hunted one. A pulsating page-turner, the novel combines the scalding thematic tones of Odets and Lehman's The Sweet Smell of Success with the suspense and dramatic twists of Kasden's erotic cinema thriller Body Heat. Felske's fourth installment in his "dolce vita fiction" series, Scandalocity crackles with razor sharp vernacular and a lexicon's worth of bleeding edge phraseologies, hallmarks of the author's inimitable life-in-the-fast-lane literature.
May 2010 : USA Paperback
February 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition