This is not as good as American Psycho but is the work I seem to re-read the most. Although split into six parts (with little bursts counting down to zero), its actually split up into two parts.
Part 1: Manhatten 1995. Our protagonist is Victor Ward/Johnston (From the rules of attraction). He is, as is typical Ellis, an unlikable selfish stupid and is continually ploting to launch a rival club to his employee. The world of the book frequently mentions celebrities and saturises the culture of the time, occuasionally subtlely (song lyrics) but often not. The movies are rediculous (a cop is partnered with Gibons-like Turner and Hooch) as are the tattoos (always on the bisep-casper the friendly ghost, a little mussell man, power rangers-like P!nk's frog tattoo#. The celebrity couples are similar as both smoke and are tattooed #e.g. Justin Beber and Selena Gomez). This section is like American Psycho in that stuff is occuring minus a visable plot, but one is present and emerges slowly. However, oddly for Ellis, Ward gets his comupence and flees America.
Part 2: Set up by a bogus asignment, Ward is recurited by a terrorist group. This acts like a Robert Ludlum book, but is like no thriller you have ever read. With evil incarnet and Victor having ho vay attraction and the possilbe presence of a film crew, it is odd, but enternating with an unclear climax.
This book will either confuse you,or leave you fasinated. I was the latter.