We gave it an F
Joan Collins’ much-maligned writing ability — or, rather, lack of it — is on display again, this time in the muddled novel Infamous (the one that was not part of the Random House dispute). Aging actress Katherine Bennet, who plays an Alexis Carrington-like ”woman they loved to hate” on the Dynasty-like Skeffingtons, is the long-suffering victim of a nasty divorce, a crack-smoking teenage son, backstabbing cast members, and damaging tabloid stories. Enter Jean-Claude Valmer, a gorgeous French businessman who seems too good to be true. And guess what? He is. Infamous is no plot-driven page-turner; it’s a tedious laundry list of Katherine’s trials and tribulations as a self-centered TV star. To note that character development hinges on questions like whether Katherine will, or will not, have her breasts enlarged is only a fancy way of saying, Reader, beware.