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In 1955, New York Times bestselling novelist Harold Robbins shocked the world by pulling back the bedroom curtain to expose America’s complicated and controversial relationship with the power of female sexuality. The concept was stunning, salacious... and breathtaking—a story not only built entirely upon the premise of illicit sex, but from a woman’s point of view, as she uses it to rise to a position of power and wealth in a man’s world. It was a seminal moment, and the literary world would never be the same. 

Fate, love, power, and sex collide in the halls of justice in New York City as ADA Mike Keyes comes face-to-face with his lifelong love, MaryAnn Flood, the city’s most notorious—to say nothing of dangerous—madame. Before she was a tabloid celebrity with a little black book full of the names, though, Marja Fluudjincki was a shy young girl who captured his heart and never let it go. In the years since, she’s parlayed her beauty into power and position as the head of 79 Park Avenue, an escort service catering to the rich and powerful under the guise of an upscale modeling agency. Now, with Marja on trial and Mike the prosecutor assigned to her case, they both face the biggest challenge of their lives. Is she still capable of love after sacrificing everything to claw her way up from the mean streets to the penthouse? Can he—should he—set aside his personal feelings for the sake of justice? 

79 Park Avenue is a story of unanswered, perhaps unanswerable, questions, for society as much as its brilliantly nuanced characters. Why is the promiscuous man celebrated while his female counterpart is shamed? How can we revel in the sexualization of women, yet respect them so little? How much progress have we really made in the battle of the sexes? More than 60 years after its original release, the story of MaryAnn Flood remains just as relevant today, and this, more than anything demonstrates the genius and talent of Harold Robbins.

Harold Robbins (1916-1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World's Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 bestselling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages, and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times bestseller list. His books were adapted into 13 successful films and television series that garnered numerous Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and more. Robbins' personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a "playboy" image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of "The World's First Rock Star Author."

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  • PDF | 340 pages
  • Iridium Press (June 29, 2017)
  • English
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  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By UBizz on June 17, 2014

    I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author and just thought that the book would interest me. Marja Fluudjinicki a/k/a MaryAnn Flood is a Polish teenage girl who is hypersexualized at an early age (albeit not sexually active per se) by men. Marja has learned that she has power over men through her body and use of feminine wiles and every time someone described her it made me think of Jessica Rabbit ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way...") Marja is insightful, wise and honest so she has qualities that also endear her to the men who see her body before they "see" her. Marja is pursued by a rich kid (Ross Drego) who is obsessed with her mainly because she is an enigma to him and he really wants to control and possess her (as he does all things). At the same time, Marja is actually in love with Ross' friend (Mike Keyes - rhymes with eyes) but either fails to believe she deserves his love or wants to avoid being hurt when his love disappoints her. The story is set in the 40's, 50's and 60's.Ross aspires to be a mover and shaker in the crime syndicate while Mike is a good guy studying to be a police officer and always does the right thing. Marja, Ross and Mike move in an out of each other's lives and the story starts with Mike, an Assistant District Attorney in the present being forced to prosecute his lost love Marja for Prostitution, Bribery and other crimes committed while she acts as a madam (fronting as a model agency) for the crime syndicate. In the beginning Mike is reciting Marja's contacts with the criminal justice system as a backdrop to turn the jury against her, however the story later unfolds from the perspective of the past that led her to court and you get the background for each of those contacts listed in Court; although the story is told in a way that you only recognize after the fact that you have context for her past as described by the D.A. This book is a lost love/lost opportunity story for Mike and Marja but also a commentary about what life events could lead a presumably good girl to a life where she becomes a professional prostitute.

  • By morehumanthanhuman on June 25, 2014

    This book was originally published in 1955. Not being super-familiar with the popular literature of the 1950s, I'm not sure how this stacks up, but I'll tell you this: this is no The End Of The Affair, it's not even Peyton Place.It's the story of a young woman in New York who is robbed of her virtue (in true retro style, once she's raped her attitude is "Why bother?") and is thus, alas, unable to love the man who loves her. Despite the fact that she lacks any abilities beyond beauty, blonde hair, and a certain hardscabble "Never say die" attitude, he improbably moons over her for decades. Various high drama events propel the plot along (a love affair with a rich drunk, fistfights with mobsters, etc) until the virtuous DA who never stopped loving her winds up prosecuting her after she's arrested for running a major prostitution ring.It's a fairly easy read, but there's nothing here. The scenes that were probably exciting for previous generations fall flat today and the characterization is beyond flat. Mary Ann (she goes by several names in the story, I'm just going with the last one) doesn't come across as a consistent character, she's just a blonde mannequin moving through the plot.Unless you're reading this for the nostalgia factor, I recommend skipping.

  • By Guest on August 14, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a story about how a girl coming from nothing but wanting everything ends up getting involved with the wrong people/mob. She starts out with strict morals, but as life continues to give her unfortunate circumstances, she is forced to make decisions that lead her away from the one person who has created happiness for her. Years later, that man is the one to prosecute her on her criminal involvement in the mob. I think the book ended the exact way it should have - realistic and true to the characters. Only gave it 4 stars because it was a little slow in the beginning and had trouble getting past the first couple chapters. After that things picked up and I couldn't wait to see what happened. Definitely will recommend to others.

  • By Motor Vessel on March 11, 2015

    I first read this novel in the 60's and now I am in my 60's!!! Wonderful read and even better now that I have experienced more of life. I live in Australia and having been to New York, it just brought the novel alive to me. I could not put tis one down and totally enjoyed reading how the characters' lives unfolded. This was way better the second time around. I am still a bit of an innocent in life's experiences but really appreciated getting into the nitty gritty of such a lifestyle which stemmed from drastic circumstances. When I first read it, I wanted to be radical and risqué but this time around, I wanted to be entertained and it produced.

  • By fred saucedo on January 24, 2017

    Cathy Sanchez just finished this book (79 Park Avenue) This book is true to life of family born into poverty with not many options. Her fathers dies when she is 15 years old and her mother married her husband friend, who turn out to be a drunk and can't hold a job, then her mother dies and teenagers has to take care of her baby brother and has to earn money to support the family. Heartbreaking just couldn't put down the book.

  • By Geoff Woodland on January 3, 2015

    I read this novel in the early 60’s so when I saw it as an e-book I just had to read it again. Reading it again while on a train in Europe took me back fifty years – all our yesterdays. I liked most of Harold Robbins’ earlier books, (Carpet Baggers, The Dream Merchants, A Stone for Danny Fisher etc) and 79 Park Avenue, but I think his later books left a lot to be desired.


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