Morning, Noon & Night

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A power revered by presidents and kings, a fortune unsurpassed by few people on earth: all that ended for Harry Stanford the day he mysteriously-and fatally-plunged from his luxury yacht into the Mediterranean Sea. Then, back home in Boston, as the family gathers to grieve for his memory and to war over his legacy, a stunningly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be Stanford's long-lost daughter and entitled to her share of his estate. Now, flaming with intrigue and passion through the glamorous ...

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Overview

A power revered by presidents and kings, a fortune unsurpassed by few people on earth: all that ended for Harry Stanford the day he mysteriously-and fatally-plunged from his luxury yacht into the Mediterranean Sea. Then, back home in Boston, as the family gathers to grieve for his memory and to war over his legacy, a stunningly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be Stanford's long-lost daughter and entitled to her share of his estate. Now, flaming with intrigue and passion through the glamorous preserves of the world's super rich, the ultimate game of wits begins, for stakes too dazzling and deadly to imagine.

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780446602211
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 231,893
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon's remarkable career as a novelist began when he was 50 years old, after he had already been a success in film and television. Perhaps it was his sensibility for screen entertainment that made him so readily able to produce his addictive novels of love and suspense.

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.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

Good To Know

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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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Kritters Ramblings

    Twists and turns and ups and downs - this book had me going down one path and just when I least expected it, I was catipalted onto a different path. And I loved it! Beyond predictable, but still enjoyable to try to see if I could guess as to where the story would lead. I randomly picked it up from my library's ebook collection and it fit into a challenge I do with a group on GoodReads.

    A story of a wealthy father of three children who sent them away at a young age and belittled them from the moment their mother committed suicide. He hung his wealth over their head to ensure that they didn't cross certain lines. With a love child on the side, this quirky story did not end where I thought it would and I am beyond thankful for it. With a who dun it twist, this book was enjoyable to the last page.

    A book for young and old, men and women with mystery and intrigue. A great read that I am excited to share with my readers because I had not heard a peep of it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Wow

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    THRILLING

    Good read!!Excellent work again. I loved the way the kept moving and keeping me looking forward to the next page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Sidney has done it again!

    Just when you thought you had it figured out, Sidney Sheldon throws you another curve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    New Fan

    Sidney Sheldon is an outstanding writer, he first caught my attention with 'Memories of Midnight' and now again with 'Morning, Noon and Night.' This is my second time reading one of Sidney Sheldon's book's and I am not disappointed. He has shown once again what a talented writer he is. His book 'Morning, Noon and Night' was much more interesting and captivating than that of 'Memories of Midnight,' although it is a very good book. I started reading this book because it caught my attention, I had just finished reading 'Memories of Midnight' and wanted to read something else. I bought the book and was not surprised to find out that I was hooked at the very beginning. This book held my interest since I first started reading it, I couldn't put it down once I started and 3 hours later I had finished reading it. I enjoyed reading the book tremendously because it was so intriguing. Before I read any of Sheldon's books I never knew who he was, I had not heard of him, and since I started reading his books I can't get his name out of my head. I'm always talking about what a great writer he is to my friends and I would like to tell everyone that you should read one of his books and find that out for yourselves how talented he is. He truly is inspiring and his books are so exciting you won't want to put them down till you've finished. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great mystery and has a few hours to spare. 'Morning, Noon and Night' has everything you can think of: Love, Desire, Lust, Romance, Hatred, Mystery, Intrigue, Dominance, Power, Greed, Suspense, Thrill, Deceit, Arrogance, Betrayal, and most importantly a great story line. You don't have to take my word for it, find out for yourselves and buy a copy of it today, you won't be disappointed. For those who do not like to read a lot this is a great book because it will hold your attention up until the end and for those who love to read it's a great book because it never stops being exciting and you won't want to put it down. Every page makes you want to continue reading to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this book because it's a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    You'll read and read until it's done

    This is another great Sheldon book, full of mystery, deceit and murder with a dash of romance at the end to wrap it all up. This story chronicles the degrees to which a person will go to lie, cheat, steal and kill for money and that no one can be trusted - ever. The killer is revealed to the reader, but you are kept wondering when (and if) the characters will ever figure it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    He did it Big Sheldon Style

    Excellent reading, full of twist and turns

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