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Sidney Sheldon is the mega-selling international author of seventeen previous bestselling novels. There are now over 275 million copies of his books in print worldwide and he features in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most translated author. He is also a highly acclaimed, award-winning scriptwriter for stage, film and television.
Efficiently brisk and reliably suspenseful, Sheldon's (Tell Me Your Dreams, etc.) 17th novel demonstrates that this veteran master of commercial fiction has not lost his touch. Freshly returned to Washington, D.C., from a stint reporting in Sarajevo, TV newscaster Dana Evans (introduced in Sheldon's The Best Laid Plans) struggles to cope with her new adopted son, troubled 12-year-old Kemal, whose parents and sister were killed in the fighting. Back on the job, Dana interviews youngish millionaire Gary Winthrop, the scion of a Kennedyesque clan, only to learn the next day that the prospective Senate candidate and philanthropist has been murdered in his Washington townhouse. Unbelievably, Dana is the only person who finds it odd that five members of the Winthrop family have died violent deaths in the last year. Despite this weakness in the plot, Sheldon crafts a page-turner that takes Dana on a worldwide quest from France, Germany and Italy to Alaska and Moscow as she pursues her hunch that all the Winthrop deaths are related. Deceased family patriarch Taylor Winthrop, she discovers, was a manipulative, unscrupulous businessman, politico and womanizer with many enemies. And the senior Winthrop's connection to the real-life Siberian underground city of Krasnoyarsk-26 and its production of plutonium proves the source of the family's wealth and their ill fortune. A love triangle involving Dana, sports anchor Jeff Connors and his ex-wife, internationally known model Rachel Stevens, seems gratuitous, tossed in merely to add plot texture, but it does provide some viable moments of romance and schmaltz. When the villains behind the killings turn against Dana as she comes closer to the truth, the tension builds and holds right through to a seven-alarm finale. Agent, Mort Janklow. 750,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday main selections; Mystery Guild featured alternate; People Book Club alternate; 6-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
'Sheldon is an author working at the height of his power' New York Times 'Fast-moving... engrossing... Sidney Sheldon is a master at giving the public what it wants.' LA Times
Dana Evans has everything a TV news anchor should have: brains, beauty, and curiosity. After returning with an adopted orphan from a stint reporting in war-torn Bosnia, she begins to investigate a story that has caught her eye. The powerful, popular Taylor Winthrop, a member of one of America's most prominent families, has been killed, and Dana senses that something more is at work here than mere bad luck. Little does she know that her efforts to prove a conspiracy will pit her against a powerful international organization. This is typical Sheldon (Tell Me Your Dreams) fare, though not as well crafted as some of his earlier books. Dana's relationship with her lover, Jeff, a handsome sports anchor, is rather predictable, and the dialog between them is as interesting as processed cheese. Kate Forbes does a fine job reading and rendering the uniqueness of each main character no small feat given that some of the dialog isn't exactly eloquent. The technical quality of this production is excellent. Listeners who want to break the boredom of the daily commute, or while away a lazy weekend, will find this satisfying. Recommended for most popular collections. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.