cover image Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Omar Tyree, . . Simon & Schuster, $24 (495pp) ISBN 978-1-4165-4193-6

A hard-working San Diego accountant changes his station in life in Tyree's overlong, phoned-in latest. After Ivan David is embarrassingly denied entrance to a hip, downtown party, he goes home and dreams of becoming a big-time party promoter. Then he gets to work on pursuing that dream, and good things happen. His first party is a hit, and he hooks up with Lucina Gallo, who has a ton of great connections. As bigger and bigger money flows in, Ivan and Lucina experience their share of growing pains. Things work out and Ivan makes a pile of money, but readers may find themselves wondering after several hundred pages what the point is. (Sept.)