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Edge City (2012)

by Sin Soracco

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While parts of this book are engaging, I'm afraid the most interesting aspect to it is the author's name. The writing and characters and storyline are all adequate, but there's not much depth. I'm fairly sure that was purposeful, but a side-effect is that no aspect of the book is engaging enough to make you feel with the story or even really drive you to keep going. It sat by the bathtub for the duration of time it took me to read it, and it never occurred to me to curl up with it under a lamp to finish or even read the next chapter. Essentially, there just isn't enough here from the author for a discerning or wide-reading reader. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452270340, Paperback)

Fresh out of prison, Reno takes a job as a cocktail waitress at the Club Istanbul and becomes caught up in a world of sleazy sex, dope, blackmail, and murder.

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A thinly veiled portrait of San Francisco's North Beach is the setting of this novel, and its newest resident is Reno, an angry fledgling just hatched out of prison. Getting out is like a weird dream, and the streets of the city are a muddle of sensations pooling around her. Staggering out onto the late-night streets, Reno ends up at the infamous Istanbul Club: dim lights, Arabic music, and sensual Su'ad dancing. She soon encounters the club's cast of characters. There's Huntington, the poisonous charmer who lives above the club and is perverse and powerful in the way only the wealthy can be, and Eddie, the underage bartender who is happy to chemically enhance every waking moment. Slowmotion, the sound and light technician, huge and darkly mysterious, has connections to people and places that Reno didn't even know existed. Slowmotion's elegant friend, Poppy, offers mental transport to realms beyond Xanadu; in her little valise there's everything necessary for any trip. The owner of the club, handsome gambler Sinclair, hires Reno to waitress. Grumbling, drinking, snarling and swearing, Reno bangs her way through everyone else's complicated plans, entangling herself in a byzantine labyrinth of betrayal, revenge, general mayhem, and even some good times. The first novel to focus on tough female, queer, outlaw culture in the Bay Area, this new edition features an exclusive interview with the author.… (more)

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