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Hollywood Wives Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1987
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In the star-studded publishing cosmos of gossipy fiction, Collins orbits securely between the likes of Dominick Dunne and Danielle Steel. Overlooking the pulpy prose, cardboard characters and soap opera melodrama, her legions of eager faithful will not be disappointed with this newest trendy fable detailing the sleazy sex habits of Hollywood's nouveau riche and infamous. Riding the crest of fame, ageless Hollywood superstar Lissa Roman is fed up with her fourth husband's cheating and has decided to throw him out. Still up for at least one more romance, Lissa gets the hots for the studly PI she hires to evict her slimy spouse. Meanwhile, her gorgeous 19-year-old daughter, Nicci Stone (whose Spanish gigolo father was Lissa's second hubby) is engaged to Evan Richter, the serious-minded half of a team of upstart film writer-producer twin brothers. But like mother, like daughter: why settle for the first guy? Nicci develops a libidinous yen for her fianc's twin. Lost in the mists of lust and expensive living, Nicci fails to notice a suspicious car tracking her every move. Her stalker is murderous ex-con Eric Vernon, who sets in motion his plan to kidnap and ransom Nicci the same night Lissa is scheduled to appear at the opening of a glitzy new Vegas hotel and casino for a record $3 million. All this is set against assorted minor subplots featuring Lissa and Nicci's glamorous inner circles their friends' catty chatter serves as chorus to the central dramedy. With fashions provided by Rodeo Drive and catering by Mister Chow's, this is Collins at her ultra-celeb, super-accessorized, bestselling best. Agent, Morton Janklow. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
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Those who have read a Jackie Collins novel know the guilty pleasure of wasting time on plots that are as thin as some Hollywood actresses. The characters lack any recognizable dimension, too. Still, like a good comic book, this "next generation" sequel to Hollywood Wives makes readers turn the pages. For those who don't remember, or never knew, the last generation was strictly wives--women whose money and power came solely through their rich Hollywood husbands. Now at least some of these women are making it on their own. Lissa Roman is a megastar who is about to become an ex-wife once she finds her layabout husband cheating. B-actress Taylor Singer has married a much-beloved, Oscar-winning producer-director, which is what she wants to be. Nicci Stone is Lissa's 19-year-old daughter. She's engaged but to the wrong movie-making brother. As in most of Collins' books, episodic happenings and lots of backstory are tied together by an overriding plot propelled by a bad guy. In this case, it's a lowlife who's out to kidnap Nicci. It's a good thing Collins' books are so forgettable; otherwise, readers might have the sneaking suspicion they've read all this before. On the other hand, nothing screams "summer reading" like a novel with these three words somewhere on the spine: Hollywood, Wives, and Collins. Ilene Cooper
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Top Customer Reviews
Hollywood Wives is an absorbing novel about the intersecting lives of a number of people. Is it realistic? Maybe not, but it certainly isn't boring. The book was originally released in 1983 (and even despite that, it has a very late 70's vibe of free loves and drugs without much thought of the consequences), and while the fashion choices seem funny by today's standards, most of the book could take place in the present.
If this book had been in less capable hands, it probably wouldn't have been as much fun; Collins has a way of throwing out a ridiculous situation in a very believable manner as well as delivering a series of minor detonations throughout the text before the main reveal, and I eagerly awaited to see when all hell would break loose. And while Collins' writing style is not up to that of say Stephen King or Richard Russo, she is heads above Dan Brown and James Patterson.