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Orgasme…Made in France

The extraordinary success of Orgasme perfume by Jean-Pierre Armand, the world’s leading fashion designer, attracts the attention of Joe Regalia, a small time player in the import-export business. Joe obtains financial backing from his boyhood friends, Tony Marino, head of the largest crime family in New York, and Sam Risen, an attorney and Tony’s silent partner, to import and distribute Orgasme through the gray market while laundering the Organization’s illicit income.

Motivated by greed and envy, and unbeknownst to his partners, Joe decides to also sell counterfeit Orgasme, bringing on unwanted attention. Concerned about the potential impact on the money laundering operation, Sam decides to silence Bryan Thomas, President of Aberdeen, Ltd., Orgasme’s manufacturer, leading the fight against the gray market and counterfeiting.

Meanwhile, seething with life-long resentment, believing he is the real genius behind Jean-Pierre’s success, Philippe Chaudée, his lover and cunning, driven business manager, is secretly planning to establish a new fashion house under his own name to sponsor young aspiring designers—with or without Jean-Pierre’s concurrence.

Paris, New York, Washington, and Zurich provide the principal backdrops for this complex unfolding drama in which murder is the fashion of choice by those driven to let no one stand in their way.

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I was happily surprised by the complex plotting in this insider’s page turner all about what apparently really goes on in the perfume and fashion industry. Fascinating! I don’t know how much was real and how much pure invention, but the novelist was the CEO of a big perfume company, so… The book has everything for a fascinating read – greed, sex, life in the fast lane, international intrigue, the mob – it has a feel of realism and lots of subplots that keep the action moving along. A great book for a long plane trip or the beach. The minor characters tend to be one-dimensional, but the major characters are satisfyingly complex and even go through some growth over the course of the book – not typical for this genre. A promising start for a new novelist.

SILENT PARTNERS

Noted Italian fashion designer Giorgio Donati is gunned down in front of his Greenwich Village town house in a professional style hit amid rumors of the designer’s connection to the Mafia.

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New York City Detective Frank Egan, assigned to investigate the murder, quickly identifies several individuals with strong motives to see the designer dead: his sister, Francesca, and several trusted employees of Donati’s company. Only the designer’s brother, Fabio, appears above suspicion. Working outside formal boundaries with Greg Harris, an FBI agent noted for his break-up of the Gianelli Family’s criminal empire years earlier, Frank learns of a Mafia connection in the initial financing of the Donati business, which might still exist. It is only after the discovery of similar style murders in Los Angeles and another in New York that the puzzle becomes clearer.

As the drama unfolds against the background of the fashion business, the intrigues of its participants, and the Mafia’s use of this industry to launder its ill-gotten gains, evidence of guilt becomes apparent. But as the exciting conclusion demonstrates, appearances can be deceiving.

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