Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Author and honorary Frenchman Scott Phillips -- you may know him from his novel The Ice Harvest -- has released a new modern noir-type book, Rake. This one takes place in the nicer parts of modern Paris, where the actor who plays Dr. Crandall Taylor on a creaky old American soap opera is now a star thanks to the show's inexplicable popularity on French prime time TV. Certain he can leverage this French connection into a movie deal, Crandall attempts to arrange financing through an arms dealer -- or rather, through the wife of the arms dealer, who has her own dreams of stardom. Crandall is a real piece of work, combining the narcissism of an actor with a past steeped in sketchy sexual habits and violent outbursts. He's the movie star France needs, not necessarily the movie star France wants -- not that that will stop him. Phillips reads from and signs copies of Rake tonight at 7 p.m. at the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-6100 or Subterranean Books will be selling books onsite.
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Latest in Night & Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 28, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation