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A rising star in the world of public relations, Scott is a master at manipulating the news, especially when the news isn't good for his clients. To journalists, he's the dark prince of deception. To others, he's merely the product of an amoral ...
A rising star in the world of public relations, Scott is a master at manipulating the news, especially when the news isn't good for his clients. To journalists, he's the dark prince of deception. To others, he's merely the product of an amoral corporate culture. Not that their opinions matter to Scott, who shelved his ego years ago. It's the only way to stay sane in a business that thrives on flying off the handle.
The trouble begins on the first day of Sweeps, when a fifteen-year-old girl goes on a fatal shooting spree in her high school cafeteria. For the news networks, it's a ratings bonanza, especially when clues suggest that the tragedy was loosely inspired by a popular rap song. Suddenly America's outrage is focused on Hunta, a young L.A. hip-hop artist who was on the verge of becoming a mainstream star. Now he's Public Enemy Number One, and his life is about to get infinitely worse.
Saving Hunta could be the crowning achievement of Scott's career, but he knows it won't be easy. To take control of the story, he'll have to upstage it. And to do that, he'll have to engineer a hoax more ambitious and more elaborate than any publicist has ever attempted before.
Posted July 23, 2005
Though a long time, avid reader, this is my first ever book review. I felt compelled to write it, as in my opinion none of the critiques I've read so far on Slick, while generally quite positive, seemed adequate in overall literary perspective. In terms personal impact, I could only compare 'Slick' with Joseph Heller's 'Catch 22.' I read this at 18, and it remains in my top ten. Not that the style or stories are similar just that both authors grabbed me immediately, presenting hilariously perceptive parodies of life's irony. Probably the greatest commonality is the way both bring profound cultural hypocrisies into clear focus through humor. Vonnegut also comes to mind. Price's chosen theme is the way our thinking is affected by master media manipulators, working mostly at the indirect behest of six or seven International uber-corporations. But instead of presenting a protagonist involved in the fight against such machinations-as Price is in real life-he gives us Scott Springer, one of the more talented and morally ambiguous mercenaries from the dark side. To Scott, his occupation is simply 'perception management.' 'I've conspired with the gun people, schemed with the liquor people, toiled for tobacco, and moiled for Monsanto. I've pushed polluters and promoted porn. I've shilled for Shell and lied for Tide. I've helped a major pharmaceutical company sell a drug that does nothing by promoting a disease that does not exist. And that's just the old stuff on my resume. That was before I went freelance and really got creative.' Yet even with these insights into his profession, Scott felt that '..despite all my nefarious acknowledgements, I was actually a man who meant well.' You won't believe how marvelously well this approach works in revealing the mindset of those who help shape ours, until you read 'Slick.' Along the way on this great literary ride, you'll meet more memorable characters than can generally be fit into much longer works. He has a true gift for quickly fleshing out his cast. One great example is a black lawyer who looks dignified yet slightly comic. 'Malcolm X by way of Urkel,' is how Price relates his overall affect. Add to this ability the always engaging plot twists and recursive loops, funny yet insightful dialogue, and a strong message relayed through seeing events through the first-person vision of the villain/protagonist, and you have one of the best first novels in decades. The only two I can remember that came even close were 'Big Trouble' by Dave Barry, and more on the mark message wise, 'Radiance' by Carter Scholz. 'Slick' is as funny as the former and as poignant as latter. I can't wait for Price's next book, or for the movie version of this one! The lead role is so dynamic, complex, and three-dimensional, I'm betting Hollywood's best will fight over it. If you happen to know Brad Pitt or John Malkovich, get them to read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2004
As a rule I never read hardcover books because I do most of my reading traveling back and forth to work on the subway. However I made an exception for Slick. My husband had read it and suggested I give it a whirl and I'm glad he did. The characters are multi layered and engaging even if you don't like them. The story line has depth and is intricate without the confusion often found in first novels. I recommend reading it even if it's not your usual style of novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.