Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness

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Following the success of the New York Times bestseller Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game, this sweeping tale of love and betrayal, vengeance and redemption, will leave you racing to its shocking, triumphant end

What happens when a woman who has everything loses everything?

And when a woman who has nothing realizes she has nothing to lose?

Blessed with the face of an angel and the guileless, trusting ...

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Overview

Following the success of the New York Times bestseller Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game, this sweeping tale of love and betrayal, vengeance and redemption, will leave you racing to its shocking, triumphant end

What happens when a woman who has everything loses everything?

And when a woman who has nothing realizes she has nothing to lose?

Blessed with the face of an angel and the guileless, trusting nature of a child, Grace Brookstein is the prized wife of the king of Wall Street, Lenny Brookstein. A billionaire many times over, with estates around the world, a fleet of yachts, and a life that is the stuff of fantasies, the revered financial wizard made his fortune tending the nest eggs of ordinary people—the elderly, blue-collar workers, small charities, and working families struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children. The embodiment of America itself—ambitious, hardworking, generous, and warmhearted—Lenny is a fixture of the business pages and the society columns, where he and Grace are celebrated for their philanthropic contributions and their lavish annual fund-raising ball.

Despite the stock market's terrifying collapse, the Brooksteins' glamorous lifestyle of Palm Beach polo tournaments and G5 jets remains untouched—until the day Lenny goes sailing from their Nantucket beach estate and never comes home. When his abandoned yacht is found far out at sea, Grace is devastated. Lenny was her world. She has no idea that his disappearance is just the beginning of a dark, terrifying nightmare of murder, lies, greed, and betrayal that will shatter her life and destroy everything she has ever known. . . .

Before she can begin to grieve, the shocking news breaks that the $75 billion invested in Quorum, Lenny's hedge fund, is gone—and everyone believes that Grace has stolen the money. Overnight, the delicate beauty who was once the toast of moneyed society has become a reviled modern-day Marie Antoinette, alone and power-less to stop her infamous fall.

Grace is certain someone is framing her, and she'll do whatever it takes to prove it, even if it means taking the law into her own hands. Surrounded by enemies, with no one to turn to, Grace must learn to rely on herself—a bold, dangerous journey that will transform her in ways she never thought possible and lead her to a startling new life.

Filled with the passion, glamour, twists, and driving suspense that made Sidney Sheldon a bestselling legend, Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness is an entertaining thrill ride that continues the grand tradition set by the master himself.

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Editorial Reviews

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Big bad business shenanigans turn a poor little rich girl into a turbocharged avenger in bestseller Bagshawe's absorbing, if overheated, second Sheldonesque thriller (after Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game). Against her family's wishes, New York socialite Grace Knowles marries Lenny Brookstein, who's more than 30 years her senior—and one of the cofounders of Quorum, “the most profitable hedge fund of all time.” For a while, everything's utterly fabulous, until Lenny's investors lose $75 billion. When Lenny disappears after going for a solo sail off Nantucket one summer day (his body surfaces a month later), Grace winds up in prison for securities fraud, among other charges. Determined to clear her name and Lenny's, Grace pulls off a daring escape. NYPD Det. Mitch Connors sets out to catch the elusive society beauty, but in the course of his hunt provides her some unexpected help. Sheldon fans will find only tenuous links to Sheldon's own novels. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061728303
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 838,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

Novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 300 million copies and have been published in dozens of languages—Guinness World Records heralds him as one of the most translated authors in the world. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar award.

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 June 4, 2010

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    Wow, this is a great book. So engrossing I can't put it down.

    It's true that I really am enjoying this book. I am almost to the end but couldn't wait to write the review. I rely on reviews to choose my books to read so I wanted my review to be available if others are doing the same. For many years I read the other Sydney Sheldon books. They are from many years past.... so this was nostalgic for me to read. Check out his Rage of Angels which was really great. I found that Tilly Bagshawe has done a great job and I hope that many more continue to come out.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    Another Great book by Sidney Sheldon

    I have been longing for a good book and this was it!! I read it in one weekend - couldn't put it down. It kept my attention throughout the entire book, with a surprise ending I did not see coming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    If you like Sidney Sheldon you'll love this!

    Ms. Bagshawe has done a wonderful job of continuing Sidney Sheldon's stories. The writing style sounds just as if Sidney Sheldon was writing this. The story is mezmerizing. A definite page turner. The ending will surprise you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    highly recommended

    This was an excellent read. Suspenseful and surprises. Hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    It's a book I could not put down,there was a surprise in every page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    Oh no you didn't!!

    This book is great! The storyline moves at a very quick pace. I found myself trying to read faster and faster to see how it was going to end...and in the end, you will find yourself saying..."Oh no you didn't!!!" What a great weaving of storyline about money, it's evils, families and their loyalties, growing up and never giving up. Without giving away the ending, I would say Grace wins in the end. I know some might not agree, but she wins where it matters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    GREAT BOOK

    GREAT BOOK CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!!! DON'T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT THE WRITING STYLE, SHE'S DONE A GREAT JOB!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    an entertaining over the top of the Empire State Building tale

    To the shock and dismay of her family, Manhattan socialite Grace Knowles marries legendary hedge fund manager Lenny Brookstein. Her family objects to her wedding Lenny because the groom is as old her parents.

    Still the couple seems happy together until Lenny's hedge fund Quorum, up until recently the top performer ever, lose $75 billion. Lenny does not appear shaken about the downturn as if nothing went wrong. However, when he goes sailing off Nantucket, he fails to come home. The police arrest Grace accusing her of securities fraud. Grace escapes leading to NYPD Detective Mitch Connors trying to find her. As she tries to prove her innocence, Lenny's body is found and Mitch helps the allegedly felonious socialite.

    The second Sheldon thriller first (see Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game) is an entertaining over the top of the Empire State Building tale starring a wealthy woman with only socialite skills turning into superhero. Fast-paced from the moment Lenny fails to come home, fans will enjoy After the Darkness as long as you suspend belief by leaving your credibility meter in the drawer as Grace proves to be a retaliatory superwoman.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Another classic. Twists and turns, love that aspect of not knowing what to expect. A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Loved it!!

    Thanks Tilly

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    What a great story line! I stayed up late to finish it.

    What a great story line! I stayed up late to finish it.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Without a doubt would recommend

    This book is no different than the rest of Mr. Sheldons books; you will not put it down. One of the greatest author of all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Recommend highly

    Must read

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Excellent book! The author writes almost as well as Sidnely She

    Excellent book! The author writes almost as well as Sidnely Sheldon which is high praise. Took two days to complete it and was sorry to see it end. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    highly recomended!

    very good!!

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK & LOVED LOVED LOVED IT/ IT WAS

    I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK & LOVED LOVED LOVED IT/ IT WAS A PAGE TURNER ALL THE WAY TO THE END/ I TO THINK SHE DID A WONDERFUL JOB WRITING THIS BOOK/ IT IS VERY FAST PACED & I COULD NOT TURN THE PAGES FAST ENOUGH/ YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK TRUST ME / GO FOR IT U WILL NOT BE SORRY/ HAPPY READING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    Added to my fave list...couldnt put it down...great story telling...!

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Get a grip people

    First things frist. Sidney Sheldon is not a woman. Stop calling him she or Ms. Sheldon. Second, he died years ago. He did not write this book. This author took his old novel n rewrote them. Duh yeah, this book does sound just like If Tomorrow Comes. This book may be good but it is not Sidney Sheldon. He's no longer with us. Read Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight, If Tomorrow Comes and Rage of Angels. Those are the true Sidney Sheldon classics. Best book he himself ever written. They were wrtten over 2 decades ago but are the best novels ever of all time. Will only give this book 1 star for effort.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    predictable

    even tho I guessed what was going to happen it was inresting to see how this was going to happen.

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