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Hollywood Satire 'Plastic' Hits Amazon's Best Seller Lists

Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
The cover art to "Plastic."
The cover art to "Plastic."  

Playwright/author Frank Strausser, who gained much praise during the successful three month run of his stage comedy "Psycho Therapy" at The Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, ha now broken into Amazon's "Top 5" sellers in multiple categories with his debut novel "Plastic" which was released on July 9th by Los Angeles based independent publisher Rare Bird Books.

For an interview with Strausser, follow this link.

Strausser officially became an Amazon best-selling author in early October, with "Plastic" quickly climbing up to the #3 position in the "Best Selling in Satires" category and the "Best Selling in Medical Thrillers" category just this past week; a very impressive accomplishment for a first-time author.

In addition, Strausser will host a VIP tastemaker event, as part of the Miami Book Fair, at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, FL on November 19th.

The novel shines a light on a Hollywood conspiracy involving a celebrity on celebrity assault and plastic surgery, with plenty of salacious backstory including late actress Lana Clarkson, who was famously murdered by record producer Phil Spector, and the tragic death of Kanye West's mother Donda West. Strausser's "bold, stylish, and poignant" debut novel "Plastic" delivers an edgy tale of psychological suspense that explores the ephemeral and diabolical world inside Hollywood as "the Capital of Good Looks."

After beautiful teen pop star Fay Wray suffers a violently disfiguring assault in a room at one of Hollywood's top, trendy hotels, a renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is secretly called in to restore her looks. He soon comes to believe he's being asked to surgically erase evidence of a crime and that Fay is in grave danger. Will he risk everything to save her beauty, her life, or himself?

Best known for his critically acclaimed plays "The Powder Room" (starring Academy Award best actress nominee Sally Kirkland), and "Psycho Therapy," which ran in London's West End at the Arts Theatre for five weeks and for three months Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Strausser brings his signature sharp dialogue and dark wit to bear on a place where "if you're not beautiful, you're dead" in "Plastic".

The murder of actress Lana Clarkson was among Frank Strausser's inspirations for the Fay Wray character. The actress commanded a wonderful performance in his play "The Powder Room" and was also his friend. She was senselessly shot and killed by legendary music producer Phil Spector in a celebrity crime that led to one of Hollywood's most sensational murder trials. Strausser also conducted interviews with several renowned plastic surgeons to cull research. His interview with celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams became a key plot point in "Plastic" after the Donda West media maelstrom that followed consumed Adams' career.

Critics and media have already weighed in on "Plastic" --"Unputdownable. A delicious, caustic comedy of manners with a dose of suspense that keeps its pages turning. Plastic is full of strong commentary on the times and sparkling LA scenes. An imaginative, sharp, entertaining novel"...Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 stars).

"A shrewd and poignant satire of America's unhealthy obsession with beauty and perfection, Plastic is a brisk and addictive read that you won't be able to put down! As you would expect from an author who's also a playwright, the dialogue is razor-sharp and crackles like popcorn. Highly recommended!" - Internet Review Of Books

"Hollywood satire meets crime fiction — an extremely Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-style combination of two of our favorite flavors!"- Flavorwire

"Edgy. Pretty shocking. You wonder what the heck is going to happen!"- NPR

"Acclaimed playwright Frank Strausser has penned a stellar Hollywood thriller." ANGELENO MAGAZINE

"Plastic" is available on Amazon, in Barnes & Noble stores, in Target stores, and on Indiebound.org.

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