The Love Boat as if Commandeered by Alfred Hitchcock -- New Book by Gloria Nagy

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Gloria Nagy lets loose her lacerating wit on the cruise industry in new whodunit cum satire, 'Seasick.'

fresh, her pace brisk, her humor delightful.

It's no mystery why Gloria Nagy would set 'Seasick,' her wickedly enjoyable whodunit cum satire on the world's largest cruise liner. The Palace of The Dolphins, a 220,000-ton metaphor, provides oceans of the excess and human flotsam and jetsam that Ms. Nagy gleefully lacerated in her best-sellers 'A House In The Hamptons' and 'The Beauty.' Now she trains her slice-and-dice vision on a boatload of miscreants, preening peacocks, social climbers and sociopaths who down half a ton of bananas a week and disgorge 60,000 gallons of raw sewage a day into the ocean as they sail the Caribbean on the cruise of a lifetime. On the Palace of The Dolphins, everyone and everything is about going overboard. Sometimes literally.

An undertow of evil

If the upper decks of the Palace of The Dolphins are all champagne and ice sculptures, below the surface she carries a secret of passengers gone missing, crew members beaten and raped and pet puppies that turn up murdered at night. Something ugly and rotten is happening amid the dance contests and art sales and not even the best efforts of the buttoned-down staff can prevent it from floating to the surface.

It is to Ms. Nagy's considerable credit that she's able to turn a wildly funny satire into a nail biting page turner; you'll never guess who's involved and what nefarious activities The Palace of The Dolphins is supporting. Suffice it to say that people willing to give an arm and a leg to sail on the ultra luxury liner may be doing just that.

Seven days at sea with characters you'll remember for a lifetime.

In the hands of a lesser writer the ship's manifest could have been peopled with the usual array of stereotypes and two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. Nagy is too intelligent for that. Like one of her characters -- a world-weary psychiatrist -- she digs deep into the minds of her passengers and crew illuminating their motivations and leveraging their foibles. These are fully drawn people adrift in a culture that values form over substance presented by a writer who prefers substance over form. By 'Seasick's' end you'll miss these characters, even the sycophants and self-justifying psychopaths.

As a satirist it's clear Nagy doesn't suffer fools gladly. Given a ship of fools, however, she finds a unique way of having them interact -- and the emergent horror is a pleasure to read. 'Seasick' is The Loveboat as if commandeered by Alfred Hitchcock. Get ready to enjoy. And tighten your life vest.

Nagy has well-earned her reputation for razor-sharp social commentary. The LA Times Book Review calls her style "fresh, her pace brisk, her humor delightful." She's a writer who can tap into the zeitgeist and create characters who are larger than life yet wonderfully familiar. "A new comic genius has landed on earth," says John Naisbitt. Here's your chance to let her take you to sea.

For more information--and to listen to Seasick's theme song--visit

Gloria Nagy is the author of nine previous books including 'The Beauty,' 'Natural Selections,' and the New York Times best seller, 'A House in the Hamptons.' She lives with her husband Richard Saul Wurman in Newport, R.I. They have four children, six grandchildren and three Yellow Labs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who do not cruise.

1. You're doing for the cruise industry what Hannibal Lechter did for Chianti and fava beans. Have you gotten any flack from cruise industry flacks?
2. What was the worst cruising experience of your life?
3. Your previous best-seller, 'House In The Hamptons,' was also set around resort vacations. Is there something about sea, sand, and sun that brings out the satirist in you?
4. Besides being a withering social satire 'Seasick' is a first-class page turner mystery. Which mystery writers do you enjoy?

Victor Gulotta
victor (at) booktours (dot) com


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