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It's rare to find a book that provides enjoyable reading on more than one leve, but with her new book, 'Snake Charmers', San Francisco's Nancy Ann Mattingly titillates on many levels. Although Mattingly's publicists warns 'Don't look at 'Snake Charmers' as a work of liteature... unless you think the world lost one of its giants at Jacqueline Susann's passing,' and describes the book as 'gossip in a lowbrow format' - Mattingly does a creditable job. 'Snake Charmers' tells of the rise and demise of a money-grubbing San Francisco attorney. The sotry evolves at a steady clip, always engaging and always dragging the reader deeper into the depths of the characters' bitter lives. Throughout the book there are only two sympathetic characters - the main antagonist's mother, and a narrator who later becomes an intergral part of the story. Everyone else is, to varying degrees, a scumbag. And Mattingly paints a portrait of some truly loathsome characters. For those who follow the news, 'Snake Charmers' also functions as a riddle. Recognize the characters? Do you know about whom Mattingly is really talking? Since the story is fiction with some basis in fact, names have been changed to protect the author from libeling the innocent - or guilty, as it were. Yet more knowledgeable and astute readers might enjoy making connections between the happenings in the book and actual events. 'Snake Charmers' also provides a not-too-unique social commentary. At first blush the books seems like a straightforward novel. It's well told and rich in the elements that make for a page-turning read: a selfish, ruthless premature-ejaculating antagonist, ornery manipulative women trying to get a head in a man's world, psychopathic children, use of every English slang term describing female genitalia, plus every possible sexual aberation (child molestation, incest, rape... you name it) For those who read between the lines, however, Mattingly tells another story... about the battles between obsessively greedy and manipulative people bent on destroying everyone's lives, including their own. It also provides a keen parody on social climbing, mocking those who would never stoop to buy less that the costliest designer suits, cars, or funishings. Consumed by the desire for money and social status, these characters rear miserable, disturbed children, live in a world filled with art yet devoid of beauty, and slog through their lives without so much of a giggle, much less a laugh. Yet Mattingly succeds in presenting a coherent story that is surprisingly accurate about legal issues. That's not to say that anyone should relay on 'Snake Charmers' for legal advice, but it's refreshing to see that the author has been thorough in her research. In so doing, she presents a story that leaves the reader feeling somewhat tainted - but undeniably entertained.
In San Francisco's fast paced world of new and old money, glamor, and high society there are always those who want in... Alan Niles is will to pay for that priveledge with anything... Should she have known? After all, he was attractive, exciting, it was such a thrill. Was it all just too perfect? Did the others know? Could they smell the rot? See the evil beneath the glossy surface? What about the men? Aren't men supposed to be more aware than women when it comes to this sort of thing? Would you have known? Get caught up in the evil beneath the exciting world of San Francisco money, San Francisco society, religious cults, fraud, glamor, sleaze, and sex!