Hot Time in the City: New Novel Explores New York’s Sexy Sixties and Seventies

San Francisco, CA, June 20, 2008 --( Before Sex and the City showed the racy side of New York in the 1990s, there was the Big Apple, circa 1970. And as a new novel from author Mark James Chappell shows, it was a city no less pulsing with energy, spirit, freedom and—yes—a whole lot of sexiness.

Just released by Outskirts Press (, Man’s Best Friend brilliantly weaves the stories of a loosely connected cast as they enter young adulthood and beyond amid New York City’s late-’60s and early-’70s neighborhoods. Told from the point of view of Mark Bolan, an affable yet poignantly perceptive narrator, this unflinching saga covers a slew of young lives in flux—and the juicy twists and turns in each of them that earn the book the subtitle, “a guilty pleasure novel about love, lust, money and friendship.”

The lives chronicled include Sharon, the daughter of immigrant refugees, who struggles with her sexuality and a shattered home life that sends her on the run at a tender age; ambitious Monty, who tries to leave behind an unstable childhood and find success on cutthroat Wall Street; and Juan, a wealthy Puerto Rican whose life seemingly revolves around bedding as many women as possible. Then there’s the outsized role of the canine companion Charger, a “Jack Russell, wire haired, Shih Tzu pug.” And that’s just a small sampling of the complicated characters who intersect, one way or another, in Man’s Best Friend.

Through it all, they’ll encounter addiction, betrayal, true love and plenty of sizzling nights during this most powerful time in New York City, discovering in the process what matters most. At turns funny and heartrending, Man’s Best Friend is the kind of multi-layered, moving novel with enough spiciness to make it a true page-turner.

Man’s Best Friend is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at

Book Information
ISBN: 978-1-4327-2197-8 Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback Pages: 472
SRP: US$21.95 Genre: Fiction/Classics

About the Author: Mark James Chappell honed his eye for human drama during tramps through New York, Hawaii, Florida, and California, where he tended bar and played guitar during his retirement years—which he considers the ages between 18 and 35. He lived on his yacht, Casa Del Mar, during the nineties and has sailed his own boats since he was a boy of 10. He is currently at work on his next book, a racy story with sailing adventure at its core.

Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at


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