The Fan Club Author:Irving Wallace "Did you really mean it -- what you were saying -- about doing anything in the world, even risking your lives, just to make love to Sharon Fields for one night?" Malone asked the 3 other men in the bar. Thus is launched Irving Wallace's new novel about man's ultimate erotic fantasy -- and perhaps woman's too: the longing and desire for the perf... more »ect sexual partner.
Four men who live unsatisfying, ordinary lives conspire to act out the most primal of all man's carnal dreams: the physical possession of the world's most coveted and worshiped Love Goddess. Obsessed by the sensual image of Sharon Fields, the magnificent young movie star who has become the sex symbol for a new and liberated age, and whom they see as glamorous, provocative, available, these 4 very different men join forces to convert fantasy into reality by planning a crime which seems to them not so much criminal as the legitimate enactment of their fantasies -- and possibly hers ...
It is Adam Malone, a gentle idealist whose private life is devoted to being a one-man, obsessional fan club of Sharon Fields, who first thinks of kidnapping her in order to share with her his dreams of erotic perfection, of supreme lovemaking. With the fervor of a true believer, he enlists Howard Yost, an unsuccessful insurance agent whose life seems pointless when compared with his past football glories and his constant reveries of sexual conquests, and Leo Brunner, a mild-mannered accountant, haunted by the hopeless gray dullness of his life and marriage in a society that flaunts its pleasures in his face. The 4th conspirator is Kyle Shively, a coarse, bitter redneck garage mechanic with a chilling potential for violence. Together -- lightly, then seriously -- they create The Fan Club. It is Malone who convinces the others that The Fan Club not only can seize Sharon Fields, but can persuade her to cooperate willingly in their dreams of sex; but it is Shively whose tough-fisted approach carries through their daring plan -- and who transforms what has been merely a collective orgiastic fantasy into a horrifying and sadistic reality of bondage, savagery and murder.
With mounting tension, Irving Wallace describes their brilliantly conceived plan and its success, and the playing out of each man's repressed sexual wish in the hidden mountain cabin they have chosen as the hideaway for The Fan Club. Here, alone with their Love Goddess ("Picture Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot lying in the next room naked," one of them says with incredulity), each of the 4 men confronts the embodiment of his dream with unexpected and shocking results. And here, at the mercy of her captors, Sharon Fields, a different, smarter and more vulnerable person than their image of her, recklessly uses all the histrionic talents and wiles that have made her the world's most renowned screen sex symbol to play one man against another in a desperate and deadly sex game that may with her freedom -- or cost her her life.« less