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JACKIE COLLINS is one of the world's top-selling writers, with more than four hundred million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries. Her twenty-three bestselling novels have never been out of print. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Take one vindictive aging tycoon and three charismatic, ambitious sons; add one na?ve heiress, one aspiring R&B diva, one British (titled, natch) lady of the house; throw in a dash of Russian mafia, kinky sex, a pinch of rap mogul, fabulous locations and a sprinkling of murders, and you have the ingredients for a fast-paced, glamour-heavy Collins extravaganza. Billionaire Red Diamond summons his sons from around the globe to Las Vegas to make a stunning announcement about their inheritance. Each son-Max, a real estate entrepreneur; Chris, an entertainment lawyer for the likes of Tom Cruise and Britney Spears; and Jett, a hotshot model in Italy-is battling his own private demons: a huge business deal gone sour and a bitter ex-wife; a gambling debt that's gotten out of hand; and (what else?) drug and alcohol addiction. In the midst of all the mayhem, a biracial waitress named Liberty, who aspires to be the next Mariah Carey, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a major hip-hop record label exec comes into her life. And then there's Jett's incredible (but not consequenceless) one-night stand with a nameless pickup at a club, and Max's ex-wife Mariska's ex-Mafia life. The ever-stylin' Collins manages to tie the scattered plot lines together into another page-turning tale packed with intrigue, revenge and romance for her St. Martin's debut. 350,000 announced first printing; $500,000 ad/promo. (Feb. 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This novel marks the St. Martin's debut of best-selling author Collins (Hollywood Divorces), but her fans will be happy to discover that she has not changed her style. Red Diamond is a nasty billionaire media mogul who still revels in tormenting his three grown sons: Max, a real estate tycoon engaged to a young and innocent heiress and having serious problems with his Russian ex-wife; Chris, an entertainment lawyer to the stars who is trying to pay back a major gambling debt; and Jett, a model and former alcoholic drug user who falls in love with the wrong woman. When Red summons them to a family meeting, they are less than thrilled but obliged to attend-maybe he's terminally ill and softening up in his old age? Nah! This is a terrific soap opera chock-full of family conflicts, money, and sex with a little revenge and murder added for good measure. Despite the sometimes predictable plot (it won't take readers long to figure out how the waitress/singer trying to become the next Mariah Carey fits into the big picture), Collins manages to throw in a few surprises. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/05.]-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Take one vindictive aging tycoon and three charismatic, ambitious sons; add one naï¿½ve heiress, one aspiring R&B diva, one British (titled, natch) lady of the house; throw in a dash of Russian mafia, kinky sex and a pinch of rap mogul, fabulous locations and a sprinkling of murders, and you have the ingredients for a fast-paced, glamour-heavy Collins extravaganza...the ever-stylin' Collins manages to tie the scattered plot lines together into another page-turning tale packed with intrigue, revenge and romance for her St. Martin's debut." --Publishers Weekly "Vintage Collins here: Sex, love, betrayal, and deception. Her fans will certainly enjoy." --Booklist "Power, money and sex in the lives of America's beautiful people...bartender, pour us a dirty martini and keep them coming. This is vintage Jackie Collins and we'll be here 'til closing." --Heat magazine (UK) "Escapism doesn't come racier than Jackie Collins." --YOU magazine (UK) "[Collins] seems to know every Hollywood player and just where to find their dirty laundry basket. She is a consummate observer, an outsider with an insider's knowledge. That's her signature trick. She is at once both intimate and detached." --Daily Mail (UK) "Jackie at her very best. The plot has more twists and turns than Sunset Boulevard and is faster than a Ferrari on a Los Angeles freeway. Her style is pure escapism, her heroines strong and ambitious, and her men, well, like the book they'll keep you up all night. In her novels Jackie's taught women how to get their man, keep him, get to the top, and stay there." --Company magazine (UK) "A smorgasbord of love, sex, power, and money." --Elle magazine (UK) "Settle down with Jett, Chris and Max, whose overnight stands, debts, and divorces make sizzling reading." --Sunday Express (UK)