Saving the Hooker

And The Death of the True-Life Love Story

Few books so well combine biting social satire, black comedy (often laugh out loud), whip-fast prose and moments of genuine poignancy. Adelberg is a fine artist who’s fun to read and always relentlessly true to the heart of his endearingly twisted characters.

—Chris Knopf, Nero Award Winning Author of Dead Anyway

Saving the Hooker

Matthew Hristahalois is a not-so-scholarly scholar. He’s obsessed with the “Hooker with a Heart of Gold” character that keeps turning up in movies like Pretty Woman and The Hangover – the beautiful and kind fallen woman who can only be saved by Prince Charming. Matthew wins a post-doc to see if real fallen women can be saved by a good man. He casts himself as Prince Charming and sets out to study and rehabilitate real New York City prostitutes, at least until he meets a fiery auburn-haired prostitute who calls herself Julia Roberts. Saving the Hooker is a fast-paced assault on male hubris and the recycled fairy tales at the core of so many of our favorite books and movies. It is also a bawdy tour of lower Manhattan’s escort service prostitution scene, a poke in the eye of academic orthodoxy, and a not-so-subtle send up of cable television talk-news. Centered on the combustible relationship between Matthew and Julia, Saving the Hooker makes comic hash out of modern America’s show horse institutions and sacred cow issues: academia, high and low media, political correctness, misogyny and sexual assault.

Spotlight Review
There is plenty to like in Adelberg’s comic romp… well-crafted and enjoyable.
– Kirkus Reviews
Spotlight Review

A very funny novel composed of equal parts biting wit and bleeding heart.

– Shelf Unbound

Adelberg’s satire cuts like a knife through a holiday turkey. And there’re plenty of turkeys in Saving the Hooker.

– Sally D. Ketchum, reviewer, New York Journal of Books

A hilarious romp through the worlds of out of touch academics and touching prostitutes.

–Daniel M. Klein, N.Y. Times best-selling author of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

  Adelberg leaves hardly any of our cherished platitudes unimpaled.

– Joseph Mackin, author of Pretend All Your Life

Cynical, bawdy, plausibly (and sadly) absurd, Saving the Hooker is a tale of our (American) times told with sharp humor, stark parody, and dark intelligence.

Sheila Deeth, author of Divide by Zero