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When Harry Stanford, one of the wealthiest men in the world, mysteriously drowns while cruising on his yacht off the rugged coast of Corsica, it sets off a chain of events that reverberates around the globe. At the family gathering following the funeral in Boston, a strikingly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be the daughter of Harry Stanford and entitled to a share of the tycoon's estate - is she genuine or an impostor? The Stanford family is one of the most respected in America, but behind the ...
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Overview

When Harry Stanford, one of the wealthiest men in the world, mysteriously drowns while cruising on his yacht off the rugged coast of Corsica, it sets off a chain of events that reverberates around the globe. At the family gathering following the funeral in Boston, a strikingly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be the daughter of Harry Stanford and entitled to a share of the tycoon's estate - is she genuine or an impostor? The Stanford family is one of the most respected in America, but behind the facade of fame and glamour is a hidden web of blackmail, drugs, and murder.

Who is the beautiful woman who appears out of the blue after Harry Stanford, one of the wealthiest men in the world, is mysteriously drowned in his yacht off the coast of Corsica? She claims to be his child--and entitled to her shar of the tycoon's estate--but is she genuine or just an imposter? National ads/media.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Its epigraph may be from Rimbaud, but the rest of this mega-soap opera is pure Sheldon Nothing Lasts Forever: a twisty, turbo-paced yarn of international intrigue set in the ``champagne wishes and caviar dreams'' world of the super-rich. When ruthless billionaire Harry Stanford is found drowned off the coast of Corsica, his three legitimate children gather at Rose Hill, the Stanford estate in Boston. They are Woody, a polo-playing playboy who likes to abuse both drugs and his ex-waitress wife; Tyler, who has parlayed a first-rate legal mind into a Chicago judgeship; and Kendall, whose success as a fashion designer is marred by her dark secret and the blackmailer who knows it. The mogul's will dictates that his fortune be divided among his ``issue''-including the beautiful young woman who, hearing of her father's death, flies to Boston to at last meet her half-siblings. She is Julia Stanford, the tycoon's cast-off love child, now an enterprising executive secretary in Kansas. Of course, Julia finds herself cast as an object of suspicion by the doubting Stanfords. But even as she is drawn into the web of deceit that surrounds the family fortune, the troubled lives of the other heirs and, it turns out, Harry Stanford's death, she finds, in typical Sheldon fashion, enduring romance. This isn't Sheldon's finest. The narrative is a bit choppy and the characters less than lustrous. But his plot hooks remain sharp and it's the rare fan who's not going to be ensnared once again by this perennially bestselling author. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection. Sept.
Mary Frances Wilkens
Prolific storyteller Sheldon is at it again in his latest melodrama. Multibillionaire Harry Stanford leads a double life; to the public, he appears charming and philanthropic, but to those who know him well, he is conniving and utterly heartless. No one knows that better than his three grown children. In spite of their mutual abhorrence for their father, the siblings couldn't find solace in each other because Stanford's cruelty kept them apart while they were growing up. It is not surprising, then, that they are filled with glee when they learn of their father's fatal fall from his yacht during a storm. The reading of the will promises to be a crowning moment for these children, but it is apparent that one of them is up to no good. Then their half-sister, Stanford's long-lost fourth child, shows up--but can she be trusted? Fans of Sheldon's previous novels will appreciate his usual quick pace and plot twists, but generally the writing, particularly the dialogue, is stale and forced. Nevertheless, you better stock up.
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When one of the richest men in the world drowns mysteriously while on a yachting excursion, a strange woman, claiming to be his daughter, arrives at the reading of his will. Is she for real -- or a fraud angling for a piece of the fortune?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780783818924
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: Large Print

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

The novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was his most recent in a long line of huge hits on bestseller lists everywhere. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar Award. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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