Picks and Pans Review: Goodbye, Janette

UPDATED 07/06/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/06/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Harold Robbins

Robbins put together this novel, his 16th, by collecting nasty rumors about the fashion business, especially scuttlebutt about unorthodox sex: heavy S&M, transvestism and lesbianism. His starting point is a Polish countess who escapes a World War II death camp because she is beautiful and adept at sex. In Paris she acquires a fortune from her Nazi lover; it's turned into a successful fashion house by her daughter, Janette. Robbins reduces language to the equivalent of a comic strip, without drawings. This is a rip-off of Scruples, taken out of Hollywood and made even shallower and sillier. (Simon and Schuster, $13.95)

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