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Cassandra French's finishing school for boys
Eric Garcia
Adult Fiction GARCIA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A Hollywood lawyer concocts a powerful new weapon in the war between the sexes in this spicy Tinseltown satire from Garcia (Matchstick Men, etc.). The fun begins when Cassandra French, a movie studio lawyer, anesthetizes three of her would-be paramours, then locks them up in her basement. There she conducts "finishing school" courses to transform them into perfect gentlemen. All goes swimmingly until French is asked out by beefcake movie star Jason Kelly, only to discover he was using her to set up a lawsuit against her studio. French gets revenge by abducting Kelly, but the plot twists come fast and furious after he accidentally electrocutes himself, leaving her to dispose of the body. At the cheeky climax, French's gorgeous, air-headed yoga instructor friend takes the finishing school concept in a startling new direction. French's penchant for great one-liners is matched by Garcia's imaginative plotting and his dead-on satire of life in L.A., Hollywood and the movie industry. The oddball conceit makes this novel an unlikely winner, but Garcia has crafted a quirky, pedal-to-the-metal satiric romp that remains fresh, likable and funny from start to finish. Agent, Barbara J. Zitwer. (June) Forecast: Garcia's Rex novels (most recently Hot and Sweaty Rex) are cult hits; his more straightforward Matchstick Men was made into the 2003 movie starring Nicolas Cage. This chick-lit-goes-gonzo follow-up could be his breakout book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Men behaving badly need to steer clear of Cassandra French, in-house counsel for a large L.A. movie studio. Fed up with unwanted passes, excessive alcohol consumption, and just all-around shoddy manners, French sets up a "finishing school" in her basement, where she chains eligible bad boys to cots and trains them with a mixture of carefully edited movies, lectures about manners and fashion, chocolate, and generous doses of morphine. Bridget Jones's Diary meets a kinder, gentler version of Stephen King's Misery (Cassandra does, after all, use padded handcuffs) in Garcia's (Matchstick Men)hilarious modern-day cautionary tale. Quirky secondary characters round out the cast: Cassandra's mother, under house arrest and forever finding ways to get around the order forbidding her to use a phone, and the "wuzzles," sweet-looking dogs whose favorite dish is human flesh. This is wickedly witty chick lit sure to entertain and suitable for fiction collections of all sizes.--Shelley Mosley, Glendale Community Coll. Lib., AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Age: 29
Single
Lawyer for a large movie studio.
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