Jackie Collins is the author of eighteen international, provocative and controversial bestsellers. She lives in Beverley Hills, California. Author Residence Beverley Hills
Madison Castelli, last seen in the "L.A. Connections" series, stars in this exceptionally tawdry tale of life among the rich, famous, and connected. After Madison discovers that the recently murdered woman whom she thought was her mother really wasn't, she hires Kimm Florian, a Native American lesbian detective and the most interesting character in the novel, to investigate. Kimm provides Madison with the identity of her real mother as well as the secret profession of her father Mafia hit man. Meanwhile, Rosarita Falcon, a petulant Mafia princess, is struggling to convince her father to whack her husband, an honorable soap opera actor who refuses to grant Rosarita a divorce. The two story lines merge at a Las Vegas prizefight although even then, the action shifts dizzyingly among the sets of players. Carrington MacDuffie's lively narration is the highlight of this production, which is a marginal purchase for large public libraries. Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Garrettsville, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Destined for bestsellerdom, Collins's latest is a typically steamy, fast-paced tale that skips from the glitz and excitement of New York's fast lane to the high-stakes, celebrity-rich world of Las Vegas. Magazine journalist Madison Castelli, first spotted in Collins's LA Connections series, is featured, disenchanted with men but still hopeful she'll find love one day. Her unhappy childhood is detailed after her mother is murdered, and she discovers unpleasant truths about her past, including that her "perfect" father is married to the mob. Meanwhile, Madison's best friend, Jamie Nova, an interior designer, suspects that her husband is having an affair. And New York soap opera star Dexter Falcon is trying to rekindle excitement in his marriage to Rosarita, the spoiled daughter of a construction business mogul. Unbeknownst to Dexter, Rosarita is sleeping with Joel Blaine, the son of a real estate billionaire, and scheming to end her marriage in hopes of hooking up with Blaine. The latter, typical of the perverse, two-dimensional characters in Collins's world, likes kinky sex in public and craves drop-dead gorgeous model Carrie Hanlon. Though her sex scenes border on sleaze, Collins injects plenty of glamour into this page-flipping tale by peopling her fictional world with real-life celebrities, outfitting her characters in the appropriate designer clothing and mentioning the hottest restaurants du jour. Agent, Morton Janklow. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; major promo. (July) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.