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Seth Greenland’s sophomore novel ‘Shining City’ launches today
"Julian Ripps was too fat to be reclining in a hot tub between a pair
of naked women, unless he was rich or they were prostitutes." And so
begins "Shining City," Seth Greenland’s
(pictured left) sophomore novel that Bloomsbury USA launches today
(July 8) after considerable momentum including a major film deal.
When Greenland told
us his next novel would center around "a middle class guy
who loses his means of making a living and, finding himself cast loose
in George W. Bush’s America, must resort to nefarious means to support
his family" little did we know the protagonist would become a pimp.
Marcus Ripps (Julian’s brother) is an average middle class family man
who is suddenly unemployed with a boatload of debt to pay off. When
Julian dies, leaving Marcus his dry cleaning shop on Melrose Avenue, it
turns out to be a front for a lucrative escort service.
Soon, average guy Marcus morphs into "Breeze," a family values type
pimp who hooks up his girls with 401 (k) plans and health coverage. An
idyllic life perhaps, but not for long. Readers should expect plenty of
sex, guns, roughneck bodyguards, rival pimps and a corpse to get in the
way of that.
Seth Greenland, who has spent most of his career writing screenplays in
Hollywood, sold the screen rights to "Shining City" to Warner Brothers
in a million dollar deal well ahead of the novel's publishing date.
Greenland’s first novel "The Bones" (Bloomsbury USA) enjoyed wide
critical praise and also had the screen right sold to a major studio.
Sony picked up those rights from his agent David Kanter
of talent agency Anonymous Content.
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