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“Lovers and Players ”

Written on: 10/12/2005 by Harriet Klausner (18637 reviews written)

Lovers and Players

Jackie Collins

St. Martin's, Feb 2006, $24.95

ISBN: 0312341776

Aging billionaire, Red Diamond, orders his three sons to come see him if they want their name to remain in his will. All three know their father never messes around when it comes to money, as they learned first hand with his take that hill business dealings; so each rushes to attend the summoning, though it interferes with their lifestyles.

Realtor Max, entertainment lawyer Chris, and supermodel Jett, pay homage to the great one because no one wants to be left out of the will. Meanwhile Red's ex-wife Mariska has ties to the Russian Mafia, and is willing to use them to get what she wants. Jett's one night with New York heiress Amy Scott causes chagrin and guilt, as unbeknownst to either she is engaged to marry his brother Max. Finally the daughter of Red's housekeeper, singing wannabe Liberty, is willing to do anything to move up the ladder of success. While the monarch holds court with his princes in attendance, all their extraneous activities threaten the king and his court, especially when someone brutally murders Mariska and the evidence points to the King and his retinue of jesters.

Initially LOVERS AND PLAYERS contains multiple story-lines starring the four male Diamonds and their female interests; yet Jackie Collins keeps her players and their enjoyable segments reliably consistent, until she brings them together into a cohesive delightful thriller. Readers will wonder if one of the Diamonds aced Mariska and how will the Max, Jett and Amy soap opera triangle play out? On top of all that is larger than life Red who is in everyone's knickers (in the case of females that is literally; his sons figuratively). Ms. Collins, as always, entertains.

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