Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: The Acid King by Maggie Abbott

Four long-estranged friends from London's turbulent Sixties scene of sex, drugs and rock and roll are thrown together after seventeen years when one of them accidentally discovers the secret identity of their betrayer; a man they knew only as The Acid King, a charismatic figure who orchestrated a weekend of alluring drugs ending with a bust, jail time and death.
  • What the friends don’t know is that a New York FBI Agent, another old enemy of the Acid King, has been on a long frustrating manhunt of his own, driven by the same rage for revenge. Until, by coincidence, he discovers the mystery man’s hidden Los Angeles location and tracks him to his lair. Resulting in a dangerous confrontation that puts lives, both guilty and innocent, on the line.
  • The Acid King is the thinly veiled story of the famous Redlands drug bust of 1967; an event that put Mick Jagger and Keith Richards behind bars and nearly destroyed the world’s most famous rock band. All orchestrated by an unidentified man who set them up and then disappeared.
  • By a strange twist of fate the Author (former film agent for Mick Jagger) met the Acid King in Los Angeles and became involved with him for several years, never knowing who he really was, until her friend Marianne Faithfull (former lover of Jagger) surprisingly identified him.

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My Review:

For those of you who know me, you will appreciate the fact that the book's title alone clinched the deal and I had to read it.  Raised in a household where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones serenaded me from the stereo every day, I was completely enamored with the mystique of my parents’ generation.  I would become giddy when dad got out his guitar to play and imagined how thrilling it must have been to be coming of age when all the great rock and rollers were emerging.  (To illustrate just how infatuated I was with the era, I died and went to heaven when my dad procured a 1966 Mustang as my very first car *swoon*.)

And all the myths and legends from the tumultuous sixties and seventies fascinated me, as well.  So Maggie Abbott’s fictional exploration of the famous Redland drug bust of 1967, the aftermath of the blooming drug culture, and one of its most persistent conspiracy theories was a logical and natural choice in reading material. While at times I felt this book read more like a screenplay than a novel (I imagine it must have played out like a movie in the author’s head as she wrote it), I enjoyed her ability to create some engaging images with words.

The story of the Veils is not only the unraveling of the Acid King’s betrayal, but also a journey through a generation’s potential, derailment, and the search for healing.  Through the veil of nostalgia, regret and that persnickety and persistent bugger, hope, it explores the personality of an era while proposing thought-provoking theories and why, well, things in general have turned out like they have.
It’s also just a fun, psychedelic true-crime fictionalization that you will not be able to put down because you must know what’s going to happen to Pete, Barry, Anne, and Mister X.

About Maggie:

The Acid King tells the fictionalized story of what she imagined could have happened afterwards. Maggie Abbott started writing novels when she moved to Palm Springs after a long, successful show business career in Los Angeles, London, Rome, and New York. A casual job as a secretary at the William Morris Agency in Rome introduced her to the exciting scene of Cleopatra, Fellini's and The Pink Panther, with the city's influx of big stars calling by the office every day, and triggered her lifelong love affair with movies. Over the years, Maggie has enjoyed being in the most interesting places at the best of their times, while working as the movie agent for some exciting stars: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Sheen, Raquel Welch, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Peter Sellers, Richard Chamberlain, Peter O'Toole, Britt Ekland, Ken Russell, John Boorman, and many more. Somewhere in between, Maggie was the production assistant on three Broadway plays, and a producer and studio executive at Columbia Pictures where she developed and got production credits on two movies. Follow the Book Tour The tour prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Please fill out the form below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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