Uptown, in a private hospital suite, Babe Vanderwalk Devens, the exquisite socialite, just woke up from a seven year coma.
Across town, in a luxurious high rise, a handsome young man has just been found dead and mutilated.
Now Vince Cardoza, a dedicated New York cop, wants to expose the truth about Babe's coma and the murdered love slave. It means entering the world of America's wealthiest men and women and finding out just how the rich and famous live....and die.
Money, sex and murder in an edge-of-the-chair thriller.
As Stewart says, on the back of the title page of this novel, all the characters are fictional. The mix of names that are so similar to real names, and events that parallel the time of the novel, give it a seemingly factual background. The behaviors of the actors, most of whom are only-in-a-dream-could-this-be-true rich, are possible and perhaps even probable.
I would like to think that certain scenes from the book are only possible in NYC. Who knows? The writing is graphic, so well done that you can visualize those scenes in your mind. This book is not for the faint of heart.
I just couldn't put it down.
From Publishers Weekly
Heiress Beatrice "Babe" Vanderwalk Devens wakes one morning to find herself, not in her own bed at home with her pillow from Altman's, but in a hospital room. More confusing, it is not the next morning, but seven years and seven months later: Babe has been in a coma. Meanwhile, in an exclusive new building high atop the Museum of Modern Art, the real-estate agent showing an apartment to a prospective buyer discovers the bound and mutilated body of a handsome young man. Attractive widower Vince Cardozo, the detective investigating the grisly murder, also pays a hospital visit to Babe. Since her ex-husband had admitted attempting to kill her with an insulin overdose, the police have an interest in whether she regains consciousnessor dies. Cardozo is taken by Babe, a charming woman quite unspoiled by her wealth and social position. But more terrible events are in store for her, as the two separate strands of Cardozo's investigations eventually become unpleasantly entangled. What might seem farfetched to some will be familiar territory to readers of New York tabloids. Deftly using notorious scandals and murders, Stewart creates an immensely readable portrait of the privileged lives of his cafe-society cast of characters, most of whom are riddled with greed and corruption. His spellbinding, witty thriller does a first-rate job of showing that truth is stranger than fiction.