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It was his first big murder case—and one of the bloodiest and most violent crimes LAPD detective Danny McGuire would ever encounter. Andrew Jakes, an elderly multimillionaire art dealer, had been brutally murdered in his Hollywood home, his lifeless body tied to his naked young wife. Raped and beaten, the lovely Angela Jakes had barely survived the attack herself. Gazing into her deep, soulful eyes, Danny swore that he'd find the psychopath behind this barbarous act. But the investigation didn't turn up a single ...

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Overview

It was his first big murder case—and one of the bloodiest and most violent crimes LAPD detective Danny McGuire would ever encounter. Andrew Jakes, an elderly multimillionaire art dealer, had been brutally murdered in his Hollywood home, his lifeless body tied to his naked young wife. Raped and beaten, the lovely Angela Jakes had barely survived the attack herself. Gazing into her deep, soulful eyes, Danny swore that he'd find the psychopath behind this barbarous act. But the investigation didn't turn up a single solid lead, and within days of Angela's release from the hospital, the stunning young widow—Danny's only witness—had vanished.

For ten years Danny McGuire could not forget the sweet face of Angela Jakes and the terrible crime that had shattered her life; his obsession with her nearly cost him his sanity. Now in France, thousands of miles from the past—with a new life, a new job with Interpol, and a ravishing new wife—he's happier than he's ever been . . . until he meets Andrew Jakes's estranged son, Matt Daley.

Curious about his father's murder, Matt has been digging into the cold case—and made some shocking discoveries. Three killings nearly identical to his father's have taken place across the globe. The victims were elderly, newlywed millionaires, their young wives assaulted. And in each case the widow, the sole beneficiary of the will, donated her newfound wealth to children's charities and then vanished. Could it be true? Had the Jakes killer struck again? If so, Danny knows he must tread carefully or risk losing everything for good.

The evidence points to a single killer—a brilliant and ruthless criminal who travels across the globe under a string of assumed identities, cleverly keeping one step ahead of the law. Joining forces, Danny and Matt pursue this intriguing shadow from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy and the French Riviera, in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse filled with promising leads and frustrating dead ends. When another murder fitting the profile occurs, Matt heads to Hong Kong, hoping to get answers from the latest widow, Lisa Baring, and perhaps uncover the hard evidence they need.

But Matt becomes besotted with the irresistible beauty, nearly derailing the investigation, and Danny wonders whether Lisa is truly a victim or something more sinister. When a break in the case sends Danny to Mumbai, he knows he must act quickly, for the clever killer is poised to strike again.

A fast-paced story full of mystery, glamour, excitement, and spectacular twists that build to a stunning ending, Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark is quintessential Sheldon from first page to last.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611207026
  • Publisher: Dreamscape, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

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. 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.

Tilly Bagshawe is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Los Angeles and London with her husband and children.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Enjoyable

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Classic Sheldon

    I am so happy this book did not disappoint , right down to the bitter end. Such good twist and suspense and romance!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Love to read Sidney Sheldon Books

    Could not put this book down. It contained suspense, romance and the "Sheldon" twists.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    Great looks can be deceiving when it comes to murder and decepti

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Every detective has a case that haunts them. For former LAPD Det

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    Lots of twists and turns. I found it a bit confusing and not in

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Tilly Bagshawe did a good job following up on Sidney Sheldon's work

    this book has a few very good twists at the end!

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    This is the first Sidney Sheldon book I have read. I enjoyed it

    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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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Definitely Classic Sheldon...great read....grips you from the be

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Loved it

    Great twists and surprises

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Loved the book. I just can't understand the ending. It was a little disappointing. No matter how much he loved Lisa.he also loved his wife, and left her .i can't concieve how selfish he was

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    highly recommended

    Great book! Easy & fast reading. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    This book was definately a page turner. Not the best writing, t

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Gripping

    I suspected the ending half way through the book. But their was a twist. I really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Lo v Love it

    Great read

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Boring!!

    This might have been Sidney Sheldon's idea for a story but the developement of it was truly boring. Definately not a page turner. Too much useless dialog and to much writing that is not saying anything. Tilly should just write under her name rather that being disappointed at something with Sheldon's name on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Great book! Please press this.

    This book is pretty dark, though it is still a nice story. There are some bad words in this book, so if you are going to buy it don't exoect to be clean.
    -Anonymous

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Great Read

    Really enjoyed this book, lots of twists

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    OMG!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    OMG, you have to read this book.It is simply the best and the en

    OMG, you have to read this book.It is simply the best and the ending is great!!I have read all Sheldon's and Bagshawe and cannot wait to read more. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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