Absolute and utter trash of the trashy trashy fest kind. First up, this is a big heavy smutty hardcover by a man who snorted his way through salacious narratives of the seventies and eighties, Harold Robbins.
A perfect gift for your literary snob friend. For the photos (I apologise for the intense lo-fi nature of all photos on this site), I opened it randomly on a page and, you can read for yourself the style of the book. There is a rich prince, a luxury superyacht, a kidnapping, an element of Stockholm Syndrome and I'm sure some kind of resolution. So bad it is good. AND YES HE DID WRITE "BURNING ROD"
And please enjoy the cover shot of the author himself. He also wrote a book called The Man Who Invented Sex.
First English edition hardcover, 1974
New English Library