This is a typical, juicy Collins!
This crisp, savvy romance by actress and novelist Collins assembles a vivid array of international stage and film personalities in Acapulco in 1955, where one of them is murdered on a movie location. Tracing the lives of each, Collins returns to Paris in 1943 where Ines Dessault, age 14, plies her hooker's trade in order to survive in occupied France. Brutalized by a client, let's not give away Joan's inimitable style! Fascist Italian general Umberto Scrofo - she stabs him with his razor, leaving him for dead. Ines flees to England, educating and upgrading herself to ``courtesan.'' Scrofo recovers, kills a woman in Greece and earns the sworn hatred of Nikolas Stanopolis--future film director Nicholas Stone. Meanwhile Ines and Julian (``Looks'') Brooks, top British box office star, fall in love. Ines worries about her secret past and contends with rivals--Julian's blowsy wife Phoebe and precocious teenage dancer Dominique, whose eerie, sexually frustrated duenna Agathe also pines for Julian. With all the principal players gathered in Mexico, the plot takes many an engaging turn, especially when the vile Scrofo surfaces as a moneyed producer. Collins dishes up a tasty read, pleasingly seasoned with tattle and memorabilia of stage and screen.
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A RAVISHING BEAUTY WHOSE SINFUL SECRETS THREATEN WHAT SHE HOPES IS A GLITTERING FUTURE...AN UP AND COMING HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR WHO CRAVES REVENGE EVEN MORE THAN SUCCESS...AN ECCENTRIC, WHITE-HAIRED BALLERINA WHOSE DREAMS THE NAZIS COULD NOT DESTROY...A BRITISH FILM IDOL WHOSE TALENT ON SCREEN IS EQUALLED ONLY BY HIS TALENT IN BED....A TEENAGED VIXEN FOR WHOM LOVE IS A GAME AND MEN ARE JUST THE PAWNS SHE MANEUVERS...A SADISTIC ITALIAN FILM PRODUCER WHO LUSTS AFTER POWER AND PERVERTED SEX...JOAN COLLINS HAS ASSEMBLED A FASCINATING CAST OF CHARACTERS IN HER SECOND NOVEL, ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. THEIR LIVES ALREADY LINKED BY PERSONAL TRAGEDY--AND WAR CRIMES THAT WERE LEFT UNPUNISHED--THEY UNEXPECTEDLY MEET AGAIN ON A MOVIE LOCATION IN ACAPULCO, WHERE NO ONE'S SCANDALOUS PAST--OR PRESENT--CAN LONG REMAIN SAFELY HIDDEN FROM VIEW. THERE, ONE OF THEM WILL BE DRIVEN TO MADNESS, DRIVEN TO COMIIT AN ACT OF MURDER--DRIVEN BY LOVE AND DESIRE AND HATE.
Very good book. I couldn't put it down.
This is a Hardcover book.