Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark

Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark

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by Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe

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Once again, author Tilly Bagshawe takes up the mantle of the late, great Sidney Sheldon—and again, she succeeds magnificently. Written in the inimitable Sheldon style and based on extensive, never before published material from his private archives, Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark is a thrilling tale of murder, lies, and lust that the master


Once again, author Tilly Bagshawe takes up the mantle of the late, great Sidney Sheldon—and again, she succeeds magnificently. Written in the inimitable Sheldon style and based on extensive, never before published material from his private archives, Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark is a thrilling tale of murder, lies, and lust that the master storyteller—the bestselling author of Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight, and so many other beloved classics—would have been proud to have called his own. With Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark, a gripping, stylish, sexy and surprising story of a son’s globe-hopping hunt for answers about his wealthy father’s brutal death, confirmed Sheldon fans have good reason to rejoice. The legacy truly lives on.

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Bagshawe’s intriguing third Sidney Sheldon­ homage (after 2010’s Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness), police answering a domestic violence call discover Andrew Jakes, an elderly art dealer, stabbed to death and nearly decapitated in his well-secured Beverly Hills mansion. His young wife, Angela, brutally raped and traumatized, is tied to his body. Lead detective Danny McGuire falls in love with the sensuous Angela, herself a suspect, and is totally mystified when the Jakes’ fortune of million is left to charity and Angela disappears. With the case becoming cold, McGuire joins Interpol and is soon investigating international cases with eerie similarities to the L.A. murder: elderly moguls are found savagely stabbed to death, their young wives raped and tied to their bodies; the money is left to charity, then the wife vanishes. A hearty sensuality and wry humor propel this energetic story, which moves from one exotic locate to another as Maguire pursues a possible serial killer. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A mysterious beauty and an unsolved crime are catnip a tough international detective can't resist. When LAPD detective Danny Maguire arrives at a crime scene, his life is forever changed. The brutal murder of art dealer Andrew Jakes is unconventional--some of the obvious loot is left, while a number of rare miniatures are stolen. But it's Jakes' widow, the gorgeous Angela Jakes, who gets to Maguire. Despite having been brutally raped and beaten, she is a knockout--the most beautiful woman Maguire has ever seen--and he vows to avenge her. But before he can really get to work, Angela disappears, and none of the lies she told him provide a clue. Not until years later, when Maguire has rebuilt his life in France, does the case seem to come alive again. Jakes' unacknowledged son has a lead, and soon, several seemingly copycat crimes are leading Maguire to Rome, Hong Kong and Dubai. In each case, a wealthy, elderly man is murdered, and his younger stunning wife is assaulted. Despite the geographic distribution of the attacks, there are strange similarities, and before long, Maguire is convinced he's on the trail of one demonic killer. Working from a rough outline simply called "Novel 19," Bagshawe (Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness, 2010)--a thriller author in her own right--has fashioned a fast-paced go-get-'em that successfully melds Sheldon's signature sex and glamour with a globe-trotting thriller. Bagshawe does the franchise proud with a silly but amusing read.

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Meet the Author

The late novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. He is the only writer to have won an Oscar®, a Tony, and an Edgar® Award. Guinness World Records cites him as the most translated author in the world.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
February 11, 1917
Date of Death:
January 30, 2007
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Northwestern University, 1935-36

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Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading Sidney Sheldon many years ago. His early books were excellent, but then they started to feel repetitive. In addition the dialogue became ridiculously simple like a child had written it. However, this book was truly enjoyable and better than anything Ive read with his name on it in many years. It was just a fun book that completely held my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy this book did not disappoint , right down to the bitter end. Such good twist and suspense and romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. It contained suspense, romance and the "Sheldon" twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book that so deserves a sequel so please if there's a sequel, don't make us wait too long!! However, the going in and out of different story lines needs a little tweaking because I was getting confused on who was who whereas Sidney Sheldon had a better flow of leading you in & out of the different story lines without confusion of the characters. All in all great book!!
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
Every detective has a case that haunts them. For former LAPD Detective Danny Mcguire, that case is the murder of millionaire art dealer Andrew Jakes. When police arrived at the Jakes home, they found the elderly Mr. Jakes savagely murdered and tied to his much younger wife, Angela, who had been brutally raped. With stolen art and jewels, the scene looks like a horrific burglary. Suspicion is placed on the young Mrs. Jakes, who survives the incident and whom Mr. Jakes left his entire fortune. Surprisingly, Angela leaves her entire windfall to a local charity, and disappears from LA. With his number one suspect/witness gone, Danny Mcguire is left to ponder the case with no leads. Ten years later, Danny Mcguire, newly married, living in France, and working for Interpol, has all but moved on from the Jakes case. He is still haunted by the look in the young wife's eyes, but has accepted that he will never know the truth behind the killing. Then one day he is contacted by Matt Daley. Daley is a struggling script writer who happens to be the estranged son of Andrew Jakes. In an attempt to discover a compelling story, he looks into his father's case and finds that other murders fitting the exact profile of his father's have occurred in various cities around the world. When his relays this information to Danny, the two embark on a fast paced, world wide investigation to uncover the truth behind these murders. Although the bestselling author, Sidney Sheldon, passed away in 2007, author Tilly Bagshawe continues his tradition of fast paced, intriguing mysteries in a expert manner. This story had as many plot twists as we've grown accustomed to in stories like this, and the ending is sure to leave readers reeling. The beginning of this novel has several time, location and character changes over a short number of pages. While this is vital to the telling of the story, I felt that the jumps could be a bit confusing. Fortunately, I stayed with it, and the last two-thirds of the novel were clearly written and very entertaining. This novel is a solid addition to the mystery genre and a nice continuation of the Sidney Sheldon legacy.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Great looks can be deceiving when it comes to murder and deception! When they say that some people who have great looks will use them to move forward in life, that is exactly what Lyle Renalto had planned to do. Seems like just about anyone would pay for great looks or even fall in love with someone who did no matter how old or young they were. Since becoming a well-known attorney to the rich and famous, he believed that his life was taking a turn for the better until he found Angela Jakes. Now that she has been brutally beaten, raped and left tied to her nearly decapitated older husband, he's about to find out just how far his looks will get him. Danny McGuire is the lead detective assigned to the case which is the most gruesome crime scene he can recall ever seeing in his entire career, and what makes it worse is why Angela Jakes wasn't murdered as well but simply left tied to her husband. Seeing her beauty behind all the bruises and cuts to her face, Detective McGuire will stop at nothing to see that justice prevails and the brutal killer is caught. Only now, the only obstacle in his way is her attorney Lyle Renalto. He duty is to assure that she remains protected and away from the badgering questions of the police. When he fears for her safety, he has her put on a plane and sent out of the country. Only now it seems that Angela has vanished when Detective McGuire needs to question her further. After ten years, and no suspects in the case, Detective McGuire still haunted by his failed efforts leaves the United States for Lyon, France and now finds the solitude of working for Interpol helps to quell the demons from his past. Only now it seems that the killer is back on the lose when married older men are being murdered at random and left tied to their brutally beaten wives. I received Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. This being my first Sidney Sheldon murder/suspense mystery, I was immediately involved as the reader. Trying to pick up on subtle clues I was along for the ride with Detective McGuire to try and figure this one out. I kinda had an idea but wasn't sure if I was correct or not until the very end. This book does contain some graphic violent crime scenes and some sexuality among the characters so the reader should be warned, it may not be for everyone. Those who are looking for a compelling, edge of your seat ride, will definitely want this one. I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns. I found it a bit confusing and not in the true Sidney Sheldon style. The story jumps between different years and places which made it hard to follow at times. You can definitely tell the difference between the true Sidney Sheldon books and the ones that have the influence of this author, Tilly Bagshawe. Somewhat predictable plot. This book was published 5 yrs after Sidney Sheldon's death. Still an enjoyable read with a final twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has a few very good twists at the end!
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constantreaderCH More than 1 year ago
This is the first Sidney Sheldon book I have read. I enjoyed it so much am looking into his other books. I am just discovering that another (?) author has taken up his writings? Throughly enjoyed this book and will be coming back for more.
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ronip More than 1 year ago
Definitely Classic Sheldon...great read....grips you from the begining right to the end.....after reading I really miss Sheldon's books...I've read them all & they definitely were all soooo good.......always has a bit of everything from love, money, sex, murder.....and best of all the twister didn't see it comin ending.....luved it!!!!
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Great twists and surprises
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Great book! Easy & fast reading. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definately a page turner. Not the best writing, though. There were a few twists in the plot but I saw them coming a mile away. Even though I knew what was going on, it kept my interest and red it in 1 Sunday afternoon.