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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312567456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312567453
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At 72, with 26 bestsellers under her belt, Collins (Drop Dead Beautiful) prowls familiar terrain with this overheated tale of the filthy rich, nasty poor, and cravenly ambitious. Collins picks up the saga of the Santangelos with spoiled-brat Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of two Tinseltown icons, who runs a high-priced call-girl ring in New York with her coke-sniffing nogoodnik boyfriend, Frankie. Annabelle's mom's murder brings the black sheep home to L.A. to mourn for a parent she never loved—and to lean on the adventurous Denver, a quick-witted, sex-starved lawyer who's defending the No. 1 suspect in the murder, Annabelle's dad, film legend Ralph Maestro. But Denver also juggles the rescue of his missing best friend, Carolyn, who's fooling around with a horn dog U.S. senator, and a few hot one-night stands. For all the convoluted connections, mismatches, and throw-away references to ripped-from-the-headlines news and celebrities, Collins is at her seasoned best with this raunchy, retro hot-sheets romance. It's men, dollface, one brassy Hollywood agent muses. They all spew forth the same tired old lines. As does Collins. And it's impossible not to fall for it. Again. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

The eponymous “bitch girl” of the title is Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of two famous movie stars who flees L.A. for New York to escape her indifferent parents. She hooks up with coke-addicted DJ Frankie to start a high-priced escort business. And then her mother’s murder makes headlines. Denver Jones, a beautiful, talented attorney who was briefly friendly with Annabelle, is called in when Annabelle’s father, Ralph, becomes a suspect in his wife’s death. Ralph orders Denver to fly to New York to bring Annabelle back for the funeral. In Washington, D.C., Denver’s best friend, Carolyn, is desperately trying to get a hold of her to share some exciting news: Carolyn is pregnant with the child of the married senator she works for. Denver keeps missing Carolyn’s calls because she has her hands full with Annabelle, who returns to L.A. determined to hide her secret business, and with her sights set on Bobby, the devastatingly handsome son of Lucky Santangelo, the heroine of several of Collins’ previous novels. Though the characters are frequently vapid and shallow, their over-the-top antics are undeniably scintillating. Expect plenty of demand for this page-turning sudser. --Kristine Huntley

More About the Author

There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the power brokers -- Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.

Jackie Collins has been called a "raunchy moralist" by the late director Louis Malle and "Hollywood's own Marcel Proust" by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-eight New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! "I write about real people in disguise," she says. "If anything, my characters are toned down -- the truth is much more bizarre."

Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour. Her first book, "The World is Full of Married Men," became a sensational bestseller because of its open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard. After that came "The Stud," "Sinners," "The Love Killers," "The World is Full of Divorced Women," "The Bitch," "Lovers And Gamblers," "Chances," and then the international sensation, "Hollywood Wives" -- a #1 New York Times bestseller, which was made into one of ABC's highest-rated miniseries starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.

"The Stud," "The World is Full of Married Men," and "The Bitch" were also filmed -- this time for the big screen. And Jackie wrote an original movie, Yesterday's Hero, starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Somers.

Readers couldn't wait to race through "Lucky," her next book -- a sequel to "Chances" -- and the story of Lucky Santangelo, an incredibly beautiful, strong woman, another New York Times number one. Oprah had one word for the book "Lucky," and that was - "Hot!"

Next came the bad boys of Hollywood in the steamy "Hollywood Husbands" -- a novel which kept everyone guessing the identities of the true-to-life Hollywood characters.

Jackie then wrote "Rock Star" -- the story of three rock superstars and their rise to the top, followed by the long-waited sequel to "Chances" and "Lucky" - "Lady Boss" -- tracking the further adventures of the wild and powerful Lucky Santangelo as she takes control of a Hollywood studio.

Both "Lucky" and "Chances" were written and adapted for NBC television by Jackie, who also executive produced the highly successful six-hour miniseries Lucky/Chances, starring Nicollete Sheridan and Sandra Bullock.

In the nineties, she produced and wrote the four-hour miniseries, Lady Boss, which became another huge ratings success for NBC. Lady Boss starred Kim Delaney.

Next came "American Star," a love story, which the Los Angeles Times described as "classic Collins."

Then the dangerously close to the truth "Hollywood Kids" -- a story of power, sex, danger and ambition among the grown offspring of major celebrities.

In 1996 "Vendetta - Lucky's Revenge" was published -- and became an immediate New York Times bestseller.

And in 1998, Jackie hosted her own daily television show for CBS, Jackie Collins Hollywood. A combination of fun, style and interviews, Jackie talked to everyone from George Clooney to Jennifer Lopez.

After that she wrote "L.A. Connections" -- a four-part serial novel published one per month - "Power," "Obsession," "Murder" and "Revenge."

In 1999 came "Dangerous Kiss" -- the return of Lucky Santangelo in a bestselling novel about relationships, addiction, fear and lust.

In the year 2000, "Lethal Seduction" became the first bestseller for Jackie Collins in the new millennium. This tale of erotic suspense and glamorous intrigue featured Madison Castelli, a character first introduced in the "L.A. Connections" series.

"Hollywood Wives - The New Generation" became a blockbuster bestseller in 2001, following in the footsteps of the original "Hollywood Wives." "Hollywood Wives - The New Generation" featured a brand new cast of characters and a totally fresh perspective on how women pursue power, love, sex, and success in Tinsletown today.

In 2003 Jackie produced the TV movie of Hollywood Wives - The New Generation for CBS. Wives starred Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens, Jack Scalia and Melissa Gilbert.

In June 2002, New York flash, L.A. trash and a Mafia don meet head-on in "Deadly Embrace." This sexy tale of dangerous passion and suspense features heroine Madison Castelli and is both a prequel and a sequel to her adventures in the bestselling "Lethal Seduction."

In 2003 came another New York Times bestseller, "Hollywood Divorces," the story of three very different women. Followed in 2005 by "Lovers and Players" -- a story of family conflicts, three brothers and their billionaire father, a beautiful heiress, a hip-hop mogul, Russian call girls, illegitimate children and two murders. This all takes place over seven days in New York, and yet again hits the New York Times bestseller list.

"Drop Dead Beautiful -- The Continuing Adventures of Lucky Santangelo" was published in 2007. Lucky came back with a vengeance -- bolder and more beautiful than ever! In "Drop Dead Beautiful" Lucky meets old friends and enemies, and deals with her wild teenage daughter, Max, who is as stubborn and strong as her mom. Lucky plans to return to Las Vegas and build an amazing billion dollar hotel complex. But when she does... the trouble really begins...

Next came "Married Lovers," a powerful look at the ins and outs of marriage in L.A. It's also the story of an under-age Russian girl who becomes involved in the sex trade, and eventually arrives in Hollywood and causes major trouble.

"Poor Little Bitch Girl" followed "Married Lovers," another New York Times bestseller. It is the story of three very different women who all went to high school together. Denver Jones - a twenty-five year old kick ass associate lawyer in L.A. Carolyn Henderson - assistant to a powerful married Senator in Washington. And Annabelle Maestro - daughter of movie star parents, who has carved out a niche for herself as a much in demand New York madame running call girls.

And then there is Bobby Santangelo - Lucky's Kennedyesque hot sexy son, with mucho style, great looks and plenty of money. Everyone wants Bobby...

Throw into this mix a raunchy agent, a sixteen year old gangbanger's girlfriend, an older superstar on the prowl, a lethal murder ... and "Poor Little Bitch Girl" becomes a guilty pleasure for everyone to enjoy.

Jackie's next novel "Goddess of Vengeance," is the continuing adventures of Lucky Santangelo - much beloved by Jackie's legion of readers - who makes a triumphant return in this story of lust, power and revenge set between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Daily Mail called "Goddess of Vengeance," "The book of the year." Also returning in "Goddess of Vengeance" are Lucky's gorgeous son, Bobby, with his girlfriend, Denver, and Max, Lucky's wild little teenage daughter. And along for the thrilling ride is Armand Jordan, and to quote Jackie - "Armand is the nastiest villain I have ever created. But he was fun to write!"

And now comes a sexy sun-drenched thriller, "The Power Trip," set on state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Luca. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power brokers and celebrities.

In "The Power Trip" you will meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, as he sets sail on The Bianca with his sexy supermodel girlfriend, whom The Bianca is named after. Also five dynamic, powerful and famous couples invited on the yacht's maiden voyage: Hammond Patterson, a driven Senator, and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra. Cliff Baxter, a charming, never married movie star, and his ex-waitress girlfriend, Lori. Taye Sherwin, a famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley. Luca Perez, a male Latin singing sensation with his older decadent English boyfriend, Jeromy. And Flynn, a maverick journalist with his Asian renegade female friend, Xuan.

You will also meet Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against Aleksandr. And Sergei's Mexican beauty queen girlfriend, Ina, whose brother, Cruz, is a master pirate with orders to hold The Bianca and its illustrious rota of guests for ransom.

"The Power Trip" explorers the decadent playgrounds of the super rich... and leaves you hungry for more. Take it if you dare...

After "The Power Trip" comes "Confessions of a Wild Child" - the super adventures of Lucky Santangelo as a wild, out-of-control teenager with aspirations to follow in the footsteps of her father, the notorious Gino Santangelo.

Lucky manages to rock everyone's boat as she explores the world of boys, sex and fun.

Jackie recently completed work on a play - "Hollywood Lies," and coming out soon will be "The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook." Jackie is currently writing her next novel, "The Santangelos," and is also working on a memoir, "Reform School or Hollywood," and a coffee table book "Hollywood Snaps," filled with celebrity photos she has taken over the years.

Jackie lives in L.A. and refers to herself as a popular culture junkie and TV addict. Her hobbies are music - everything from soul to rap, taking photographs and visiting exotic locations so that she can write about them later.

Jackie firmly believes that the truth is always much stranger than fiction

Customer Reviews

I finished this book in 2 days because I could not put it down!
January Dockery
Some of the characters, such as Denver, just seemed too naive and immature to be believable.
Sharonf
It's one of those books where you just have to keep going to see what happens next.
Bookreporter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By She Reads and Dreams on January 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wrote a fairly harsh review of Collins' most recent Lucky Santangelo book, Drop Dead Beautiful. In it, she forced Lucky's annoying 16 year old daughter Max (Maria) to carry the book. The result was unspectacular to say the least. Poor Little Bitch Girl, while not strictly a Lucky novel, is a much better effort. While the majority of the action focuses on three 25 year old women, Denver, Carolyn and Annabelle who went to high school together, Bobby Santangelo is a key figure and there are guest appearances from Brigette, Max and of course, Lucky.

The book itself has an unusual format - it moves through the viewpoints of the three women and Bobby. All of the voices in the book, bar Denver's, are in third person. Denver's is in first person. I liked Denver in first person but the frequent jolt from "he" or "she" etc to "I" took some getting used to. My only other complaint is one common to Jackie Collins novels - stereotyping. Carolyn was hopelessly naive, some of the "gang bangers" were the usual Collins villains what with the murdering, raping, stealing, selling out family but hey, at least there were no members of the Bonnatti family popping up.

All in all, this is vintage Jackie Collins - the names of the stars change but the game remains the same and when the heroine is as likable as Denver and the hero is our own Bobby Santangelo, who can argue with that? Collins did the Santangelo's proud with this book.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It has been a year and a half since Jackie Collin's last book was released, and now finally comes "Poor Little Bitch Girl", her 27th novel. In this well-written book Jackie takes us back and forth between Hollywood and New York, detailing the lives of three beautiful women who all went to high school together in Los Angeles. First of all there is Annabelle; a daughter of a famous Hollywood couple who were a well-known actor and actress, Annabelle was shipped off to live in New York City when she was going through puberty. There she started her own call-girl service that catered to rich and famous men. Next, there is Denver, a high powered attorney, and lastly Carolyn who rounds out the trio. Carolyn goes to Washington D.C. , becomes an intern, and ultimately becomes pregnant by a powerful senator who is married. She then vanishes. Also important to note is the return of one of Jackie's most successful characters, Bobby Santangelo, a good-looking stud who endears himself to all the females around him. Like all of Jackie Collin's books "Poor Little Bitch Girl" is excitingly written with well rounded characters with whom the reader cares for. The story is fast paced and written in a way that you cannot wait for the next chapter. How Jackie Collins comes up with these amazing stories and characters is nothing short of her being a genius. She has often stated she watches what goes on around her in Hollywood, as Jackie is often seen at Beverly Hills cocktail parties and awards shows. While at these events she is like a sponge taking everything in and eventually a lot of what she witnesses is put to paper as stories and characters, albeit with different names. I love "Poor Little Bitch Girl", and if you've enjoyed her previous work, this one will hold a special place with other Collin's novels. Great work Jackie!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By typewriter78 on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In recent novels Jackie Collins seemed to be forgetting what's made her one of the world's bestselling authors with some of her latest novels being a bit dry with characters that were passable, but not exciting.

'Poor Little Bitch Girl' is a return to the retro fun of Collins' earlier novels, namely Lovers & Gamblers, The Stud and Thrill. Collins has something for everyone in this novel, from Los Angeles to New York to Washington, there are vivid characters from coast to coast.

The three female leads, Denver, Annabelle and Carolyn present different different impressions about the roles women take in contemporary society. Supported by Bobby Santangelo, the strapping son of Collins' recurring diva, Lucky, the three girls take a mega trip filled with murder, sex, disappearance and money.

Ever the moralist, Collins' tale wraps up perfectly, not one loose end.

I absolutely loved this book, it was the perfect long haul flight novel, it never got dull and kept my interest from the first page to the last.

Have a blast with this one, it's clear Jackie Collins did!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was quite pleased when I started the book. "This is a classic Jackie Collins book", I said to myself. Great characters were introduced which made me want to read more, however....

My disappointment came towards the end. What a let down. New characters were introduced at the last minute and there were no real repercussions for devious acts. It was like Jackie Collins gave up and just decided to end the story. I was not left satisfied after reading Poor Little Bitch Girl, I was just left feeling screwed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nessa on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Poor Little Bitch Girl was the first, and last, Jackie Collins novel for me. This is proof that anyone can write a book and make money at it. The plot is lazy, the sex scenes were worded crudely and left unfullfilling, and the characters are pretentious and unbelievable. I was so disappointed in this work, and couldn't wait for it to be over; there is no depth to the relationships and the murder is just a sideline. Overall, the book read like a beginning writer penned it, not someone who is a famous author.
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