978-0-385-12846-9 / 9780385128469

Palm Springs


Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.



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Against a backdrop of super-wealth, sexual liaisons, power, and glittering society, Tom Ardies weaves a fast-paced story of America's most glamorous town. A fateful limousine trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs brings together a varied bunch of the rich and independent. There's Sargent, a writer recovering from a breakdown and summoned by his acerbic Aunt Em to make a new life under the desert sun; Mallory, a fallen politician who practically built Palm Springs and ran it with style and aplomb for years before succumbing to scandal; St. Pierre, a gifted and famous architect escaping his own past; Jody, a smashingly beautiful girl from the East, looking for fun and sex and something elusive she can't define; Mary Alice, a grande dame who knew Palm Springs when it was a post office and a dirt road; and Billy Segundo, her bewildered, loveable young Mexican husband who wants only to maintain his dignity in this strange new world. Waiting are Lois Sills, a widow who wants only Mallory. Suzy Braverman, a schemer who wants the world. And Stu Bollinger, a billionaire who already has it. Their talents unexpectedly catch fire off each other, and together they come up with a giant, brilliant scheme to transform a nearby canyon into hideway for exclusive estates that will overshadow even Palm Spring's dazzling mansions. But then things tak an unlooked-for turn and Palm Springs offers up mystery among its dinner parties, love behind its castle walls, and surprises in its canyons...

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