Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland

Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) James St James

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0743259823
  • ISBN 13: 9780743259828
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 40,603

Product description

When "Party Monster "was first published, it created a storm of controversy for its startlingly vivid, strikingly fresh, and outrageous depiction of the hedonistic world of the 90s New York City club kids, for whom nothing was too outre--including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked the debut of an audaciously talented writer, James St. James, who himself had been a club kid and close friend and confidant of Michael Alig, the young man convicted of killing the drug dealer known as Angel. This is the inside story of life in clubs like The Tunnel and The Limelight and hanging with leading lights like Keith Haring and RuPaul and the drugs, sex, music, and mayhem that existed during the heyday of New York City club culture.

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By Jennifer 30 Aug 2010 5

I really enjoyed this book. It's a true story of drug addiction gone unchecked and true madness. The style isn't literary, but I must say that this book really disturbed me, not only because it was based on a true story but because it smacks of a sad reality and the darkness in the human heart. This is also a story of deep alienation. Definitely not a "feel good" book, but a memorable one nevertheless. Recommended for unconventional and non-mainstream readers. In fact, I would place this beside another recent book I enjoyed, PERMANENT OBSCURITY by Richard Perez, which is funny and bleak and more than a little wild. Another cautionary tale.

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"It is the best book I have ever read....It's Our Lady of the Flowers with thigh-slapping humor. It's Liberace's Last Exit to Brooklyn...a lovely and horrible discourse on death."--Simon Doonan "The New York Observer "