Orgasme…Made in France
The extraordinary success of Orgasme perfume by Jean-Pierre Armand, the world’s leading fashion designer, attracts the attention of Joe Regalia, a small time player in the import-export business. Joe obtains financial backing from his boyhood friends, Tony Marino, head of the largest crime family in New York, and Sam Risen, an attorney and Tony’s silent partner, to import and distribute Orgasme through the gray market while laundering the Organization’s illicit income.
Motivated by greed and envy, and unbeknownst to his partners, Joe decides to also sell counterfeit Orgasme, bringing on unwanted attention. Concerned about the potential impact on the money laundering operation, Sam decides to silence Bryan Thomas, President of Aberdeen, Ltd., Orgasme’s manufacturer, leading the fight against the gray market and counterfeiting.
Meanwhile, seething with life-long resentment, believing he is the real genius behind Jean-Pierre’s success, Philippe Chaudée, his lover and cunning, driven business manager, is secretly planning to establish a new fashion house under his own name to sponsor young aspiring designers—with or without Jean-Pierre’s concurrence.
Paris, New York, Washington, and Zurich provide the principal backdrops for this complex unfolding drama in which murder is the fashion of choice by those driven to let no one stand in their way.