As this is a respectful tip of the hat to a great writer who has just died, I must be absolutely honest and admit that I have not read all of Tom Wolfe's novels and, even worse, I cannot remember much of the detail from them either! However, what I do remember is the enormous emotional impact that "Bonfire of the Vanities" had on me when I read it back in the '80s. Quite literally, it grabbed me by my lapels and dragged me into the highs and lows - and, boy, some of them were very low! - of Manhattan.
Now, of course, I am going to have to buy a copy and re-read it - and pray that it does not disappoint. Today, given the advent of the internet, us 'Anglos' are infinitely better informed of the shenanigans that occur 'over there' so perhaps the events will not be so shocking. However, if my memory serves, it was Wolfe's depiction of character under stress and strain that captivated me, so perhaps it will again.
Anyway, thank you, Mr. Wolfe and may you Rest in Peace.