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Love and Money

Bestselling author Michael M. Thomas turns his gimlet eye—not to mention his gift for wicked plot twists—to the bizarre world of today’s pop-culture, celebrity economy in his latest, Love and Money.

It’s a world that turns on “Stars”—here, a Martha Stewart-like television star who is the keystone of a multi-million dollar television empire, who also promotes a wide range of products, that in turn props up a huge manufacturing industry and a world-wide chain of Wal-Mart-like stores.

So what would happen if she had one little fling—one wild but solitary sexual adventure—that, if known about, would destroy her wholseome image, not to mention put a lot of people out of work? And what if the person who found out about it was her husband, whose disastrous last film seems to have left him diminished in her eyes? And what if he happens to know the world’s best divorce attorney?

The result is a riveting ride through the stuff of our culture—branding and celebrity, fast money and quick burn-outs—and a thoroughly modern take on the eternal battle between morality and expediency. In the deft hands of Michael Thomas, it’s a smart, accurate page-turner about the way of the world and how big money really works.

MICHAEL M. THOMAS is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Ropespinner Conspiracy, Hard Money, Hanover Place, and Baker’s Dozen. Before becoming a full-time writer, Thomas enjoyed successful careers as a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a partner at the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers. His journalism has appeared widely, including in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and a column for the New York Observer. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


”Michael Thomas’ irresistible writing about money, morals, society, is rivaled only by Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City.  Love (that is to say, sex) and money are subjects of endless fascination, and Michael Thomas is a cutting-edge guide.” —James Salter, author of Last Night, and A Sport and a Pastime

”On those final few trips to the shore, take along Michael M. Thomas’ Love & Money, a sleek, savvy novel that will transport you back to a time when spending was cool…. It’s a beach read, but a superior and elegant one.” The Daily Beast

“Smart people need beach reads too. Michael M. Thomas is here to supply all of your summertime fiction needs with this novel of highbrow smut (in the opening scene, no less) and vicious power plays that derives its title from a Freud quotation and is written in an upholstered mid-Atlantic style that would not have shamed Henry James. It’s gossip for AmEx Black Card holders, 300 pages of Page Six…. If this be snobbery, it is only of the most tasteful and enlightened sort. And if New York isn’t this way, it should be.” The New York Post

”Ex-Lehman Partner Cooks Up Frisky Domestic Diva, Hot IPO… Thomas writes sharply about the boardroom and the courtroom, and it’s fun to follow the machinations in both.” —Laurie Muchnick, Bloomberg News

”Great book…A helluva read.” —Forbes 

“You’ll learn a great deal about the most interesting subject of all: the restlessness of the human heart.” —Jesse Kornbluth, 

“A Wall Street story …” Wall Street Journal