sex.lies.murder.fame. [NOOK Book]

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In sex.lies.murder.fame., Lolita Files delivers a sizzling satire set against the affluence and sensuality of the literary and music worlds that explores the outrageous lengths to which three devout fame-chasers will go to seek their fortune.

Fame is a b*#%$. And when boy meets b*#%$, nothing can keep the two of them apart. Penn Hamilton is young, brilliant, beautiful, and ready to take on the world and claim his rightful place in the midst of celebrity. As a Writer. Rapper. ...

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Overview

In sex.lies.murder.fame., Lolita Files delivers a sizzling satire set against the affluence and sensuality of the literary and music worlds that explores the outrageous lengths to which three devout fame-chasers will go to seek their fortune.

Fame is a b*#%$. And when boy meets b*#%$, nothing can keep the two of them apart. Penn Hamilton is young, brilliant, beautiful, and ready to take on the world and claim his rightful place in the midst of celebrity. As a Writer. Rapper. Model. God. Unfortunately, the world is not quite ready for him. When Penn writes what he believes to be the "Great American Literary Blockbuster," he's rebuffed at every turn. Faced with ridicule, rejection, and mounting resentment, he decides to fight back using his assets -- rock-star looks, genius IQ, and killer charm.

Beryl Unger is a rising star in the publishing world, editor to literati and glitterati alike. Single, plain, obsessive, a bit on the dreamy side, she's a train wreck waiting to happen, and easy prey for a beautiful man with a seductive plan. When Penn meets Beryl, sparks fly. And sparks fly even higher when he meets the breathtaking superstar romance author Sharlyn Tate.

Two women, one man. A man with no boundaries, who will stop short at nothing -- even brutal, vicious murder -- to fulfill his desperate ambition. Lolita Files is the author of the bestselling Child of God, which has been optioned as a feature film by Kanye West. Files has a degree in broadcast journalism and lives outside of Los Angeles, where she is currently developing projects for television and film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061877773
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 923,634
  • File size: 546 KB

Meet the Author

Lolita Files is the author of the bestselling Child of God, which has been optioned as a feature film by Kanye West. Files has a degree in broadcast journalism and lives outside of Los Angeles, where she is currently developing projects for television and film.

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First Chapter

sex.lies.murder.fame.
A Novel

Chapter One

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There's something


. . . about the echo created by steps across a parquet floor. It's not like the sound of typical hardwood. Parquet resonates a bit deeper. Perhaps it's the arrangement of the interlocking wood.

Sound is everything. Intangible power.

Funny thing about sound. The same sound in the same space, all things being unchanged, can seem totally different based upon one important factor: the distribution of light, or the absence of it. A hundred-watt bulb. Looming shadows. The arbitrary flickering of a candle. Each creates a dramatically diverse effect that determines how sound is registered.

It's pure perception. A whisper in the daytime might be missed altogether. That same whisper, uttered the same way in the same space, in the dark, can inspire immeasurable fear.

This was Penn's only thought as he hefted the sack of thigh higher across his shoulder: the perfection of sound in accordance with light. The apartment and the moment were both fairly dark and required a pitch with the appropriate degree of gravitas. He adjusted his walk into a half-dance -- stepstepstepstepstepstep. The cadence filled the entire hallway. He stopped. It wasn't right. The rhythm -- anapestic dimeter, to be precise -- wasn't ominous enough. He started again, this time losing one beat to make it iambic. Stepstepstepstep. That was better. That was more literary.

He wanted this to be a literary moment. And in the world of literature, when it came to beats and measures, the iamb was king. Anyone with half afunctioning brain knew that. One of his professors at Columbia had said that dactylic hexameter was the most important of the classical meters because it was what Homer and Virgil had used. Bullshit. Most people wouldn't know a dactylic hexameter if it bit them in the ass, but everyone had heard of iambic pentameter -- and therefore the iamb -- even if they didn't know what it was. The iamb was a critical part of Shakespeare's meter of choice, and Shakespeare was the ruling god of literature. Not Homer. Not Virgil. Shakespeare. End of subject.

The sack of thigh, a black trash bag stuffed to capacity with meat, slapped against his back.

Hmmm.

Stepslapstepslap. Stepslapstepslap.

Yes.

He began a light whistle. "In the Hall of the Mountain King." It was the fourth movement from Suite no. 1, op. 46, of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, incidental music written for Ibsen's eponymous play. Whistling it now, of course, was not very original, but the tune had proven a sturdy classic for moments like this. So what if it had been done to death since Peter Lorre's turn as a murderous pedophile in M?

Ha. Done to death. He laughed aloud and lost his beat.

"Quit fuckin' around," yelled an out-of-view Mercury. "I'm just washing up, then I'm gonna run downstairs. Give me about five minutes, then start throwing them in. And don't fuckin' dawdle. We need to get this done. You hear me?"

"Of course," Penn mumbled, regulating his pace back to something close to normal, although there was nothing normal about any of this. He dropped the sack by the front door alongside four other sacks, each one a trash bag stuffed with a pillowcase filled with rinsed flesh. He wondered how he'd ultimately remember tonight. The objective was for all knowledge of the events transpiring to evaporate like the wind, but Penn had always been a lover of mythologies, and this was clearly the creation of one. How would tonight, this night, go down? Would it become a rumored part of his legend, or an indelible stain on an unfulfilled dream?

He realized the Grieg tune had been a bad choice. It was tacky, clichéd. Penn was a Wagner man, after all. It occurred to him that he knew the right piece, had known it all along, one in line with the tenor of his actions. "Träume," from the Wesendonck-Lieder, that masterful five-part nod to illicit love.

He smiled and began to whistle again. Quick bursts of air this time, blown with gusto.

Ahhh.

Everything was perfect now.

Romanticism:

A literary and philosophical movement emphasizing a belief in the overall goodness of humanity, where emotions are valued over reason and intellect.

She was


. . . late!

Late! Late! Late!

Beryl Unger was never late.

Not ever. Not for anything. She was a stickler for time, order, and precision. Every moment counted in life, none of it to be wasted. But through no fault of her own, she had wasted time, and now she was stuck in the gridlock of crosstown traffic. Her knee was shaking. She peered out the window.

"Let me out here," she squawked at the cabbie. "I'll walk the rest of the way."

"But it's just around the -- "

"I don't have time!"

The cabbie closed out the meter.

"Four-eighty," he said as the receipt printed out.

She flung a fiver at him and jumped out. The cabbie had barely uttered the words "fucking bitch" when she opened the door again and handed him two dollars.

"Sorry," she said. "Have a nice day."

She slammed the door. Her pulse was racing, brow sweating, as she beat it down the street.

"Oh God, oh God, oh God," she said, checking her watch. Five fifty-seven. "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God."

This was Messier's fault. The bloviating blowhard had sat in her office, babbling on about himself as the minutes ticked by. She'd had no choice but to indulge him. He was one of her top authors, after all, and he'd dropped in unexpectedly, wanting to be coddled for no reason in particular. With every word that fell from his lips, her leg -- the right one, the nerve barometer -- shook a little faster, her mind raced a little more, and the tiny pits of sweat forming beneath her arms began to widen and drip as her eyes kept being drawn to the clock over his shoulder.

sex.lies.murder.fame.
A Novel
. Copyright © by Lolita Files. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Worth Finishing!

    This book definitely started very slow and I put it down a few times before I decided to finish it. Lolita Files is my favorite author so I knew she would deliver and she did. About midway through, the book picks up and becomes quite exciting with an interesting ending. It's definitely worth finishing if you can get through the slow beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2011

    Love

    I loved this book it can get graphic but its a good book

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Decent Book

    The beginning was a bit slow, and I must admit, I thought about putting the book down once or twice. The plot was well organized and structured and the climax was thrilling enough. Although, I didn't expect or like the conclusion, just because I felt like a particular character got off easily. He, as in Penn, evolved into another person through the course of the book, which wasn't by much surprise. All-in-all, it was a decent read. But, it's not a book that has you on the edge of your seat or telling a friend about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    It's PHENOMENAL, literally. Literally PHENOMENAL, that's Lolita Files' latest--sex.lies.murder.fame.!

    Addictive. Dangerous. Satisfying. Bad for my health and social life. Simply put: ON FIYAH! sex.lies.murder.fame. is ab-so-liciously incredible! I loved every word...every minute....I savored every second I spent between the covers. Pure genius! Abs-Fab all the way!!! Lolita Files' writing style oozes talent it reaches out, grabs you, plays with you, and leads you along the journey of a story that's full of the drama, the sex, the lies, the Life we all dream of living and love to read about. sex.lies.murder.fame. is THE book you won't let out of your sight. You will tell your friends about it and then make them go buy their own because they WILL NOT be getting their hands on yours. If you're like me, you hold it up so they can look at it. Don't even think of letting them touch yours, because you will never see it again. Go ahead and 'shoop' now, because after you read this book, you will...exhale. Chiiiile, mmph, if only you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Excellent!!!!

    This is one of the most well written, exciting, sexy, intriguing books I've read in a very long time! It starts out slow, introducing you to the key players their likes, dislikes, annoyances, schemes, plots, secrets, greed and their quirks and picks up about 1/3 of the way into the book. Each character is described with so much depth and precision....you either love them, feel sorry for them, hate them, envy them or want to be them! If you are looking for an intelligent read with 'real' characters, then you will find what you are looking for here. Lolita Files has created a great story line, a juicy plot and an addictive read. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Alright

    I have to say the book did have some steamy escipades but I didn't find the story hard to predict. Penn Hamilton and everything he was was exposed so early in the book it gave no real mystery or suspense to the story. It was a fun read but no challenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    You've Got to Be Kidding Me!!!!

    First I'd like say I believe Lolita Files to be wonderful writer as I've read all of her previous works but when I finished sex.lies.murder.fame (three days worth of forced reading) I am still scratching my heading and muttering to myself 'this can't be the same author who wrote Scenes from a Sistah and Getting to the Good Part'? sex.lies.murder.fame started out slow and ended on the same note. The main characters, Beryl Unger and Penn Hamilton are both mental cases, one who should have stayed under a doctor's care and the other a genius who doesn't realize he has a problem. Oh yea, I did pick up two things from this novel which I researched: 1. Narcolepsy (a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally) for which there is not cure but is treatable through the use of specific drugs and 2. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a neurobiological disorder defined by recurrent, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behavior (compulsions) that OCD sufferers feel driven to perform. sex.lies.murder.fame was the most boring novel I've read in some time. The only reason I finished sex.lies.murder.fame is because this is 'Lolita Files', her novels have always been fabulous but not this time. sex.lies.murder.fame does not live up to Ms. Files' past novels (Scenes from a Sistah, Getting to the Good Part, Blind Ambitions, Child of God and Tastes Like Chicken yes, I've read them all, so I believe I can make the comparison), in no shape or form and now I'm not sure if I'll ever chance another of this author's works, at least not in hardcover. I fully agree with one reviewer who stated 'was it necessary to keep repeating over and over how unattractive Beryl was' - that was definitely insensitive, but I guess this is the world we live in fiction or not. I did not find this novel to be amusing in any sense of the word. I'm sitting here wondering what to do with this novel, I can't give it to anyone I know as they'll probably end up beating me across the head with it and I hate throwing out novels as they are precious to me but I may have to make an exception this time cause this novel is not worth taking up space in my residence. I would love to have said I should have waited for the paperback release but it wouldn't make me feel any better, I would have just waited a whole year and still end up scratching my head in wonder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    LOLITA FILES DOES IT AGAIN W/ SUSPENSE, DRAMA, AND WILD LOVE ESCAPADES...

    Lolita is a contemporary African-American writer who writes along the lines of Eric Jerome Dickey, E. Lynn Harris and other African-American contemporaries. She is a thought-provoking writer who weaves interesting and intricate stories with lively characters that could easily remind you of someone you know, or even yourself. She writes about women who are movers and shakers in the business world some have what it takes to move up while others have to work a little harder to prove themselves. She delves right into relationships, giving them a touch of realism and fantasy. And what is a book, really, without a little 'drama'? 'Sex. Lies. Murder. Fame,' without telling you too much, is an interesting read that explores the publishing and the music industries. In essence, you have your successful writers one in particular who is not successful at first, but has an IQ of 210. His very wealthy parents, who are killed in a plane accident, don't leave him their money, however they formally will him something more valuable than money, which he resents. Penn Hamilton (the character's name) will do anything to rise to the top to become a successful writer, even if it means getting romantically involved with a few important women in the publishing business. Get ready for a ride of deception, adventure, humor, suspense, and sexy, sizzling, drop-it-like-it's - hot love scenes. 'Sex. Lies. Murder. Fame.' should be housed on your bookshelf. 'Sex. Lies. Murder. Fame. is an excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Great sexy read!

    Penn Hamilton is off the chain! He's talented, beautiful and ambitious. He wants to be famous. And he's willing to do anything to get that 15 minutes, be it in music, media, fashion or book publishing. My recommendation is pick up a copy of this sexy, addictive page-turner, sit back, sip a cocktail and prepare to laugh so hard your sides will hurt. Lolita Files keeps it comin'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Wow

    This book was entertaining, with many twist and turns. I was unsure of what would happen at the end--the very last page left me looking for more! Penn is sooo sick and shallow--but still could invoke some sympathy--and I couldn't help but feel sorry for Beryl--she was so needy and desperate, yet her own vanity and shallowness ultimately led to her demise. I hope Ms. Files will continue with this story soon--I had to check the last page more than once, just to make sure I hadn't missed something. This book was so suspenseful-that I had butterflies in my stomach.

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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