Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted.
But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt's world begins to come crashing down. The murdered victims all seem to bear a chilling resemblance to Bree. Catt suspects that Bree is the next target of the Hollywood Serial Killer...is she losing touch with reality or simply coming to terms with the truth?
In Beyond the Pale Motel, a terrifying and intensely erotic novel, Francesca Lia Block explores the dangers of modern living, loving and dying with lyrical edge and sensational attitude.
In this fast-paced, if shallow, erotic thriller from Block (The Elementals), L.A. hair stylist Catt struggles with alcoholism and with the departure of her husband, Dash, who leaves her for "starlet du jour" Darcy London. Meanwhile, a serial killer is dismembering women in Hollywood. Within a month, Catt hooks up with her godson Skylar's baseball coach, Jarell Hardin; Carlton, a Canadian artist she meets on an Internet dating service called FU Cupid; and even with Dash's brother, Cyan Berns. Each encounter proves unsatisfactory. Catt manages to stay sober with the help of best friend Bree, Skylar's mom, and AA sponsor Shana, a "hot lesbian documentary-film producer." Catt's worries about the serial killer intensify after her neighbor, a model and aspiring actress, becomes his third victim. Abandoned by Bree, Catt hits the bottle and sets the stage for the climactic confrontation with the killer. Few readers will care about her fate.