I could never recommend this selection en masse in my column amongst the pretty people, however I must exalt this somewhere, and I know the likes of whom read this...
The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michael Faber is so wickedly delicious in a beautifully perverse way. I hate to give away even one of its 900+ pages, however, but to sum up, it is a brilliant tale of prostitution in higher English society in the 1870's.
Huh? But how could this subject matter captivate us, Trace?
Oh, it can. And it will.
If you are not easily offended (which again, I daresay anyone reading this is not) then sink in to this tome.