Jeff Rovin. The Game (1997) 217 pp. [pbo]
Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who had gone away long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving up to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Novelization of the 1997 film starring Michael Douglas and directed by David Fincher. Based on the screenplay by John Brancato and Michael Ferris.
Setting: San Francisco