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Book 4 of 9 in the Lucky Santangelo Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Straight-from-the-hip dialogue, designer clothing and gangsters are all reliably in place in Collins's fourth novel to feature the Santangelo family, particularly Lucky, who now heads a Hollywood studio. In previous exploits, this multitalented heroine has been married three times, built Vegas hotels, run a shipping empire and killed for revenge (as one character comments, "she's had quite a life"). Along the way, she's made her share of enemies, not least of whom is Donna Landsman?formerly Donatella Bonnatti?who here stages a hostile takeover of Panther Studios, has Santangelo patriarch Gino shot and makes it appear as though Lucky's beloved husband, Lennie Golden, is killed on location in Corsica following a night's indiscretion. Mourning does not become Lucky, however, and all too soon she's involving herself with chauvinistic director Alex Woods (he of the "smile like a crocodile?wide, captivating, and ultimately deadly") even as Lennie is imprisoned in a Sicilian cave. When Lucky learns what she needs to know, however, the novel's subtitle comes into play, brutally. Collins's dialogue strains belief ("Ohmigod! she gasped, clinging to Nona. "Ohmigod! No! No! NOOO!"), and she can express scarcely a sentence, a sentiment or a plot spin without resorting to cliche. As a vision of Hollywood and the mob, this novel is utterly outclassed by Mario Puzo's The Last Don. But its very lack of class and those very cliches make this an easy, nasty read, just the qualities that have previously pushed Collins to the top of the charts and will likely do so again.
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Jackie's back, and she's got Lucky Santangelo in tow. In their fourth outing together, Lucky finds herself up against nasty Donna Landesman, a rival set on destroying her.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lucky Santangelo Series (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st HarperPaperback US edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061012351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061012358
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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By A Customer on August 21, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read every Jackie Collins book she's written, but this one seems like an imitation of an imitation. Where is the freshness? Hollywood seems old and tired and so do all of the characters. They all still live back in 1975, I guess. Maybe Jackie has changed or maybe I have, but I got so hung up on the awful writing that I couldn't get into the plot, and didn't care about any of the characters who are still thinking about sex just as they did in 1975-- nothing seems to have changed. The characters still "give head" and the men still think the length of their you know what means anything. Whoa, Jackie. It's 1997. People think twice before passing bodily fluids. The Mafia is boring and "Donnatella" (villainess) doesn't light my fire. I certainly don't care whether Lucky prevails or not-- and maybe she should comb her "wild mane" of hair, which is about the only description that Collins bothers to give of her, other than that she's gorgeous, of course. All of Collins' characters each have about 4 characteristics that drive them-- i.e., ambition, greed, lust and sexual attractiveness. That's it. That's all there is. Read carefully and you can see this for yourself-- they do not do one thing that isn't caused by one of those four characteristics the author has given them. Everything they say or do is driven by ambition, lust, etc. etc. This makes for a lot of characters who are like wind-up dolls. I gave this book a generous 4 because some of Jackie's earlier books did give me a lot of enjoyment, but maybe that was because it was back in 1977. Oh, by the way, Jackie still gives good author photo. She looks twice as good as she did on her first books when she was 20 or 25 years younger. Must be something in the water out there..
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VENDETTA: LUCKY'S REVENGE, is the 4th in a series of books about Lucky Santangelo, daughter of an italian "businessman" who had ties with the mafia. In this novel, Lucky experiences a series of bad luck, not realizing til much later that this was not bad luck, but an old nemesis Donna Donnatelli Bonnatti taking revenge on the family and on Lucky for murdering Donna's husband Enzio. Lucky's movie studio is taken over by an unknown business woman, and her husband Lennie Goldman is reported missing and dead. It does appear to be bad luck but it takes some heavy duty sleuthing for Lucky to figure out what is really going on. In between this main plot, there are sub plots with various hollywood-type characters. The action never stops, as is typical in any Jackie Collins book.
If you are looking for some fast action, you won't go wrong with LUCKY'S REVENGE.
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She's back!!! The gorgeous, sensual and super smart heroine, Lucky Santangelo is back in her most classiest, sexiest and most dangerous novel yet. Lucky is the new Hollywood player who plays the Hollywood game on her rules...on her terms...and better than anyone else. But Lucky soon meets her match; a ruthless, power-hungry widower of the Santangelo's enemy, Santino Bonatti, Donna Landsman. Donna's new plan includes taking away Lucky's studio...husband...family...and soul. But what Donna doesn't know is that when you play with Lucky, one thing is for sure...no matter how hard you try...no matter how much you scheme...no matter how much you know...Lucky always plays for keeps...and Lucky always wins. Setting on a journey of love, lust, power and revenge in the glittering world of Hollywood, Lucky tries to protect her family, keep up with her friends and never forget the Santangelo motto. From the Hollywood studios to the bedrooms of stars and studs, Lucky gets her revenge...Lucky writes her VENDETTA! A book of the most compromising events, most glamorous characters and most sweetest revenge... If you like Jackie Collins' creation Lucky Santangelo, don't miss this. Two thumbs up!
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By A Customer on October 3, 1998
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Lucky Santangelo is a woman not to reckon with, and she is back in yet again, another blockbuster from superstar author Jackie Collins. This time, after loosing her husband and her studio, Lucky sets out to rebuilt her life and regain her statut as «Lady Boss».
Bringing back characters from her previous novels, and introducing us to new ones, Collins not only succeeds in penning another blockbuster, but also re-establishes herself as the queen of popular fiction. VENDETTA : Lucky's Revenge is Collins at her best. Well crafted, suspensful, steamy, it keeps the reader glued to the pages and makes you wish Collins would write a fifth book about the Santangelo clan, which, by the way, is exactly what she's doing.
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'VENDETTA' is the fourth book in Jackie Collins wildly successful Santangelo series and once again Collins did not disappoint. In 'VENDETTA' Lucky finds herself once again the target of the Bonnatti families revenge, This time it is Donnatella Bonnatti, the widow of Santino Bonnatti, who seeks revenge on Lucky for the death of her husband for which she feels Lucky is responsible. Donnatella Bonnatti, with the help of many plastic surgeons and a language coach to help rid her of her heavy Italian accent, has now transformed herself into Donna Landsman an extremely successful business woman who has her sights set on taking over Lucky's Panther Studios. Lucky, who worked hard to get Panther Studios back on top is determined not to be forced out as head of the studio and replaced with Mickey Stoli, the former head of Panther who ran the studio into the ground. That is until a string of personal misfortunes bring Lucky to believe that maybe this isn't just a string of bad luck, that maybe these misfortunes are some how connected to her past.
The Santangelo series is by far my favorite ongoing series and while I am eager to read 'DANGEROUS KISS' the fifth installment in the series I am not eager to finish out the series. I hope that Collins continues to write about the Santangelo family for at least a couple more books!
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