Lovers and Gamblers

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A book that left burn marks on night tables across continents, 'Lovers And Gamblers 'has become a Collins classic. It features two of her most memorable characters: Al King, the rock-and-roll superstud who is everything any sex-crazed groupie ever imagined her hero to be; and Dallas, the beauty queen whose sky-high ambitions stem from a sordid secret--the type that tabloids tingle to tell. Together, they're on a wild ride from London to New York, from Hollywood to Rio and the steaming jungles of the Amazon--where...
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Overview

A book that left burn marks on night tables across continents, 'Lovers And Gamblers 'has become a Collins classic. It features two of her most memorable characters: Al King, the rock-and-roll superstud who is everything any sex-crazed groupie ever imagined her hero to be; and Dallas, the beauty queen whose sky-high ambitions stem from a sordid secret--the type that tabloids tingle to tell. Together, they're on a wild ride from London to New York, from Hollywood to Rio and the steaming jungles of the Amazon--where all their dreams and nightmares are about to come true.

This foray into the world of beautiful people takes you from London to New York, from Hollywood to Rio, and climaxes in the Amazonian jungles.

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Editorial Reviews

Cosmopolitan
"A blockbuster...for anyone who wants to know what it is really like to be in the superstar belt...one helluva good read."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bestselling Jackie Collins has been consistently turning out the solid gold McCoy."
Providence Sunday Journal
"Jackie Collins is at the top of the heap."
Wall Street Journal
"Jackie Collins writes long, steamy cliff-hangers that show the world as a vast, unquiet bedroom where the rich and famous grapple. Millions buy her books."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446356602
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 345,666
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Collins
With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and twenty-six New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. Ms. Collins lives in Los Angeles, California. She recently signed a deal with Fremantle TV to create original TV programs and telenovelas, and her most recent novel, Married Lovers, was published in hardcover in June 2008.

Biography

Louis Malle may have branded Jackie Collins a "raunchy moralist," but it wasn't her sense of ethical propriety that had her in a snit when Kenneth Starr dutifully reported to the nation the details of the pseudo-coupling between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. It was her literary pride. "Everybody said that the Monica Lewinsky stuff in the Starr report was like a Jackie Collins book," she told the Chicago Tribune in 2001, "but if I'd written it, the sex would have been better."

Unquestionably. Jacqueline Susann may be the Emily Bronte of the naughty bits, but Collins is surely Charlotte, having filled her books to the rim with skin since her first novel The World Is Full of Married Men appeared in 1968. Since then, there has been a string of sexy Hollywood moguls, sexy models, sexy wives of Hollywood moguls, sexy divorcées and sexy children of Hollywood moguls in such titles as Chances, Lucky and Throb as well as The Bitch and The Stud (both made into movies starring big sister Joan).

The critics, when they take notice at all, tend to sniff. ("While no one expects Lady Boss to be a literary banquet, certainly a yummy little snack is in order" is about the best to expect from The New York Times.) But those who can look past the satin sheets and champagne flutes see more going on in the Collins canon. Hers is a dissection of the vacuous, viperish entertainment class hiding behind designer sunglasses in Los Angeles. Vanity Fair called her "Hollywood's own Marcel Proust.” The Advocate hinted that she might be the Charles Dickens of Beverly Hills. And Joe Queenan, a Hollywood player himself, said Collins's 1993 novel American Star was nothing less than a lament of the American family's demise.

"It would be easy to self-righteously label this book trashy and worthless -- but it's not entirely either," the Detroit News wrote in a review of Collins's 1983 novel Hollywood Wives. "Jackie Collins has a talent for titillation and a knack for wooing the most reluctant of readers into a plot that spends 15 percent of the time peeking at people in the sack and the other 85 percent daydreaming about it. Deliberately or not, she speaks eloquently of emptiness through the lives of people who would seem to have everything: French poodles, Mexican maids, American Express."

And Judy Bass wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Collins's gimlet eye for detail is what makes her novels such a gas: "Collins caricatures the life styles of the rich and famous with devastating accuracy. She spoofs every nuance of their attire, speech and relationships, never allowing tedium or predictability to dilute the reader's fun."

There are a number of recurring characters in Collins's books, though none better known than Lucky Santangelo, the sexy (natch) film studio owner who has appeared in Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge and Dangerous Kiss. The Lucky series bring together all the required ingredients of a Collins cocktail: the rich and famous, the shifty Hollywood shenanigans, scheming opportunists and a bug-on-the-wall vantage point of every -- or every other -- bedroom in the 90210 zip code.

Time once wrote of a Collins novel that it allowed the reader the rare opportunity to watch adverbs mate. Of course. There's a high art to the lowbrow. The Village Voice, writing in 2000, understood that: "The beauty of the trashy novel is twofold: It's a lightning-quick read, and you can howl in smug superiority as you turn the pages. Lethal Seduction, the latest from well-appointed and leopard-print-swathed Queen of Trash Jackie Collins, is a prime example of page-turning, literary-hauteur-stoking fun."

But it might have been People, reviewing Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge, that most succinctly summed up the contradictory seductiveness of the Jackie Collins novel: "embarrassing to pick up, impossible to put down."

Good To Know

Collins makes a mean meatloaf. "It's the herbs and spices," she told Biography magazine, "and my essence."

Collins spends about a year writing each novel, and does so entirely in longhand.

She eschews the stodgy demands of grammar. "I don't basically understand grammar," she is quoted as saying in Contemporary Popular Writers. "I call myself a street writer. I write purely by instinct. I've decided people don't speak in grammatical conversations.... The important thing is I get people into the bookstores who probably wouldn't be there otherwise."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jacqueline Jill Collins (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    one of her best. beside the Santangeo.

    one of her best. beside the Santangeo.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    Great Characters and Great Story

    If you love Jackie Collins writing style and characters you will love Lovers and Gamblers. Dallas and Al King are truly some of Jackie Collins best characters. You will want to read this book. I only wish she would have written a sequel to this book to find out what happens to Dallas and Al King and if they get together forever.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    ONE OF JACKIES BEST !!!

    HAS A FAITHFULL JACKIE READER I HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS IS BY FAR JACKIES BEST .MOST OF HER BOOKS ARE IN THE HOLLYWOOD SETTING BUT THIS BOOK TAKES IT OUT OF THE BOX FROM HOLLYWOOD TO THE AMAZON WITH A VERY DISCRIPTIVE PLANE CRASH IT WAS GREAT!! I DEFINITLY RECOMMEND!!

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    Not Up To Par

    Al King is a famous performer. He wants Miss Coast to Coast, Dallas. Dallas came from a life that she tries to hide. Prostitution, lesbianism (though forced), and attempted murder would tarnish her crown if the word got out.
    Al King wants in her pants, as he wants in the pants of all pretty ladies. Dallas wants no part of that. She came from being a sex toy to being top of the world. Why go back down the hill? This book has 592 pages. Only text books should be that long. I overlooked that point. Too often reviewers will rate a book on the well known name of the author. Jackie Collins is a talented author. Is it Jackie Collins' best book? No, but it is still good.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Great Summer Read

    LOVERS AND GAMBLERS
    Jackie Collins
    Grand Central Publishing Mass Market
    ISBN: 978-0-446-35660-2 - Paperback
    $6.99
    592 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    Summer is coming and nothing makes a better beach read than a Jackie Collins book. LOVERS AND GAMBLERS, originally published in the seventies, is back.

    Al King, rock superstar is married and has a young son. However, this doesn't stop him from sampling the many women along his career path. Along the way he sees one woman he is unable to impress, Miss Coast to Coast, Dallas Lunde. Dallas, former prostitute, has set her sights on improving her place in this world. She sees King as just one more rock star who wants to have her.

    While the first two parts of this book deal mainly with Al King's sexual prowess and Dallas as she attempts to deal with her former life and the people who can ruin her new career, it also brings into play the other characters who round out this work.

    The last part of the book has more depth than the earlier sections. It deals with the survival of several survivors of an airplane crash. In the wilds of the South American jungle the metal of their wills are tested with surprising results.

    Don't let this summer go by without taking a day to go the beach and enjoy not only the sun, but also LOVERS AND GAMBLERS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    A Great Book

    I read 'Lovers and Gamblers' by Jackie Collins translated in Russian. And i just loved it. I think i read this book a few times. Really really wonderful book! Jackie Collins is a great author! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    A Wonderful Book!

    This book was so great! I couldn't hardly put it down, all of the twists and turns were a blast. Jackie Collins is a GREAT author and I love her books!

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    Posted October 27, 2009

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