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Where Love Has Gone Hardcover – June 11, 2010

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Harold Robbins (1916–1997) is one of the bestselling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World’s Bestselling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 bestselling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times bestsellers list. His books were adapted into 13 commercially successful films and also television series that garnered numerous Oscar®, Golden Globe®, and Primetime Emmy® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and more. The self-proclaimed “world’s best writer in plain English,” Robbins wrote novels that resonated with audiences due to their graphic depictions of sex, violence, power, and drugs, and the multilayered complexities of his characters, as evidenced by his bestselling novels Never Love a Stranger, The Carpetbaggers, Where Love Has Gone, and The Adventurers. He once said in an interview: “People make their own choices every day about what they are willing to do. We don’t have the right to judge them or label them. At least walk in their shoes before you do.” Robbins’ personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a “playboy” image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dino De Laurentiis, Robert Evans, Ringo Starr, Barbara Eden, Lena Horne, and Quincy Jones, and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of “The World’s First Rock Star Author.” --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452041342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452041346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,918,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The name Harold Robbins brings to mind words such as "trash", "sleaze" and the like. I have only read a couple of his books and they have been of varying quality, from the awful Descent to Xanadu to the not-bad Spellbinder, and the fascinating Blood Royal (although that last one was written by Junius Podrug).

I've heard that "Where Love Has Gone" is regarded as a roman a clef about the Lana Turner/Cheryl Crane/Johnny Stompanato murder scandal. That may be true; I'm sure Robbins was inspired by it when he wrote the book. But he still makes the characters and the story his own. The narrator is Luke Carey, now happily married and expecting a baby with his wife Elizabeth. He learns that his daughter, Danielle, from his previous marriage to rich sculptress Nora Hayden. Luke goes back to San Francisco to help his daughter, whom he hasn't seen in six years. Through flashbacks we get to know the characters and their history, and Luke and Nora's miserable marriage. Luke narrates most of the book, but there are scenes where he's not present that are told in third person. The present-time story works as a frame story for the flashbacks where the real meat of the story is. And Robbins has created a great, three dimensional character in Luke, and he shows a tenderness and insight into the human nature that I haven't noticed in the other books I've read by him.

"Where Love Has Gone" is not a suspense novel, but it's still a page turner. Highly recommended. This deserves to still be in print.
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Format: Paperback
Based unofficially on the then-Lana Turner/Johnny Stompanato trial that involved a knife and the daughter of the late movie star, this sordid tale follows the same track-type puzzling murder, but goes once step further by including the omitted denouement thought by all regarding the real-life case. Protagonist Luke Lurey is the ex-husband caught in the middle, whose ever-present guidance helps put the pieces back together. And what wicked pieces they end up being. Just like any scandal sheet type magazine of the time, this Harold Robbins offering is pulp fiction at its best. With its effervescent plot scheme and narratively swinging point of view, this "fictional" delivery by the man who once has been hailed as a master storyteller is one addictive read that surely will please fans of the melodrama, and that, despite the toned-down sex scenes of its time (1962).-----Martin Boucher
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Only the author of The Carpetbaggers could have written this explosive novel about the moment of truth for a group of people trapped between a disastrous past and a precarious future.

You will meet Luke Carey, who woke up one night to the telephone call that altered his entire life; Nora, his first wife, who believed that her only responsibility was to her ever hungry body; Dani their daughter, fourteen and rudderless in a glittering adult world; Marguerite Cecilia Hayden, Dani's grandmother, who could manage two huge fortunes but not her amoral daughter; and Elizabeth, Luke's second wife, who took a gamble few women would willing to take. --from book's back cover
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Format: Kindle Edition
Harold Robbins claims he was inspired for this book from the Lana Turner/Johnny Stompanato/Cheryl Crane murder. I am too young to know that story. Luke Carey and his wife Elizabeth are expecting a baby any day now. And then Luke gets a phone call in the middle of the night claiming his daughter Danielle, (Dani), his daughter from his first marriage to the famous artist Nora, has just murdered her mothers live-in lover. Luke hasn't seen Dani in many years after Nora refused him to see her. Now he heads out to California to be with his daughter. Luke is haunted by good and bad memories he had with Nora and Dani. Unfortunately, some people just never change! This book is told in Luke's words yet some is done in third person when he isn't in it. The characters are so well defined and believable. The book is full of mystery and suspense. I was again, very surprised at the ending when it all came together. I love that in Harold Robbins books. I very much enjoyed this one as I did, "Never Love A Stranger." It was a page turner.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lana Turner, Johnny Stompanato and Cheryl Crane as fiction--and as only HR could tell it. A great drama I've returned to many times.
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This is my first Harold Robbins book. I enjoyed the plot and storyline, which explored every character's life without over kill. Because the setting was decades ago, the crime was probably considered even more horrific, especially for a well to do family. It was well written with a predictable ending but there were surprises and twists that kept me involved and eager to read on.
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