A charming, adrenaline packed love story set in post-9/11 Manhattan, Sheer Pressure follows Alex Halaby and Emily Lukes, two thirty-year-olds emotionally encumbered by money and family, as they struggle through a social and business minefield to become fully realized adults.
Alex, the stunted son of a pantyhose magnate, is struggling to break away and find himself, but is soon thrust into an arena way over his head where the stakes are all or nothing. Emily’s marriage to billionaire art collector Charles Lukes lacks passion and respect, and her overpowering attraction to Alex threatens to destroy the lives and dreams of many. While treachery abounds, two parallel universes threaten to collide with untold consequences.
Sheer Pressure deftly captures the worlds of Upper East Side Manhattan and big business with unique flair, offering a bona fi de insider’s perspective. While lampooning upper-crust New York society—especially its expensive women and high-powered moguls—Sheer Pressure is a suspenseful romp that buzzes along with high humor, terrific hairpin turns, unpredictable twists, and a slam-bam surprise ending like The Graduate that leads the reader curiously and irresistibly into the book’s gripping, mind-blowing sequel.