I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Written in 1920's France, this book was banned due to the sex and drugs it portrays.
A young American arrives in France and needing income decides to use family connections to get a newspaper job. His great idea is to do an expose on the use of cocaine. He is hired and starts his newspaper career. The book follows the choices he makes and the repercussions in his life due to them. There is social commentary and even some morality lessons thrown in amongst the parties and social drama.
I wanted to like it more than I did, I'm not sure if it was the translation or the style of writing that made portions of the book drag. Regardless, I'm very glad I read it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in 1920's Paris or 20th century drug use.