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The Stars Shine Down

The Stars Shine Down

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by Sidney Sheldon

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In THE STARS SHINE DOWN, Sidney Sheldon returns to the powerful and classic themes that have made him one of the world's most popular bestselling authors. And in Lara Cameron, he has created his most memorable, richly drawn heroine to date. Lara is America's Princess, the power behind the tallest building on earth, a self-made billionaire who towers over a


In THE STARS SHINE DOWN, Sidney Sheldon returns to the powerful and classic themes that have made him one of the world's most popular bestselling authors. And in Lara Cameron, he has created his most memorable, richly drawn heroine to date. Lara is America's Princess, the power behind the tallest building on earth, a self-made billionaire who towers over a traditionally male domain, an icon of glamour and accomplishment to men and women everywhere. Beautiful but insecure, ruthless yet vulnerable, Lara has struggled brutally to achieve it all — yet still wants more. And in a dazzling global setting from London to New York, from Reno to Rome, she will find everything she has ever desired and won — her fortune, her fame, the man she loves — swiftly and shockingly imperiled.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Imagine Donald Trump as a drop-dead gorgeous woman and you'll have an approximate image of Lara Cameron, the heroine of Sheldon's latest--barely tepid--potboiler. A super-successful real estate developer, Lara has made millions of dollars--and a few enemies--in her ascent from a childhood of deprivation to the upper echelons of the business world. When she falls in love with a renowned concert pianist, she sets about ``winning'' him as she would a prime piece of waterfront property. But her ties to a lawyer with Mafia connections and her shady way of doing business threaten her happiness and eventually her income and reputation. In settings that vary from Canada to Chicago and New York, bestselling novelist Sheldon ( The Other Side of Midnight, Rage of Angels ) brings real zest to the high-stakes poker game that provides the novel's backdrop. But his pancake-flat characters are as insubstantial as the paper fortunes that drive the real estate business. Moreover, the characters have an annoying tendency to speak in overwrought cliches; sounding for all the world like Scarlett O'Hara, young Lara laments, ``Someday . . . I will have my own land, and no one--no one--will ever take it away from me.'' Frankly, by the final chapter, readers won't give a damn. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild main selection. (Oct.)
Candace Smith
With his usual lightning pacing, Sheldon whisks readers through the story of real-estate tycoon Lara Cameron as she claws her way to the top. Fleeing Nova Scotia and the memories of her lowly roots and drunken father, Lara builds an empire in Chicago and New York that is based on snap decisions and gutsy gambles. But with only the platonic friendship of her financial adviser and a passionate but shallow liaison with a married Mafia boss, it's lonely in the penthouse until Lara meets concert pianist Philip Adler. As Lara's love life takes off, however, her career starts being sabotaged. Setting them in just enough romantic locales, Sheldon weaves just enough of the details of power-brokering and the lives of the rich and famous into the tight plot to ground but not slow the action. His latest racy read will be a Literary Guild Main Selection and a serial in "Cosmopolitan", so expect the usual clamor for it.
Kirkus Reviews
It may conclude in 1992, but Sheldon's latest is sheer 80's excess—the compulsively readable, sin-laden saga of a tycooness who's part Donald Trump, part Leona Helmsley. Though Sheldon's recent heroines (Memories of Midnight, etc.) have been sexy saints, his earlier leading ladies had a crueler edge—just like young Canadian Lara Cameron here, who in a series of canny real-estate deals uses her body as well as her wits to climb out of backwater poverty. With $3 million in her pocket, Lara moves to Chicago, multiplies her fortune, and, in 1984, takes on N.Y.C. There, even as she puts up a Monopoly board's worth of hotels and office buildings, including the world's tallest; battles sexism in the industry; and proves wildly generous to her employees, Lara reveals a darker side—slapping one worker; drugging prospective investors with Valium; harassing tenants by turning their building into a de facto homeless shelter; bedding mob lawyer Paul Martin. Is Sheldon depicting the evolution of a monster? Not at all—for outweighing these flaws, he hammers home, are Lara's "independence and courage, her talent and vision and generosity." And her loneliness, dispelled by marriage to star pianist Philip Adler, the perfect icing on Lara's cake. So where's the drama? It comes in spades in the late 80's, as the market crashes: Lara's fortune dwindles; her ex-secretary writes a tell- all book; and the law starts poking into the casino that Lara set up with Paul Martin's crooked help, and into the attack by a thug—hired by a jealous Lara?—who cut Philip's wrist and career. Can it be that, like another hotel queen, Lara will end up wearing stripes? Don't bet on it. SavvySheldon knows that nothing becomes the rich and famous like a little scandal, and that a faux-morality tale like Lara's needs an upbeat ending to play big—as this one will, right to the top. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for November)

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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 also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds 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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Stars Shine Down 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book *The stars shine down' an excellent book. It took me only two sittings to read it.I could not put it down. It is one of the best books to read in your down time or on a vaction. The author is so descriptive, you think your in the story!!! Great read!
Mercedes Maldonado More than 1 year ago
Great book
MsTiptress More than 1 year ago
This wasn't what I expected from Sidney. Yes, it did have the usual but what made it worse, I think, mystery element. I absolutely hated it. Not that I hated the story. But the lies he told in this one were not at all dramatic as his before books that I read. It was simply boring. Just boring. I adored Lara and commend her for all the hard work she was able to do. I look up to no playing games, right on point, boss in high heels.. Yes it so sexy. And her love affair.Unfortunately I knew exactly where it would end up. And if your a huge fan of Sidney, like I am then you will know exactly what I am talking about. He is becoming so cliche now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a few Sidney Sheldon novels now, and agree with another post that they are mindless drivel, but at the same time quick, funny reads. However, I couldn't understand why Sheldon's male characters could be so consistently sexist and at times misogynistic with no one appearing to take issue with it. (Plus a number of his novels are outrageously homophobic) In this particular novel, the author can't seem to find a single male character that wasn't extremely uncomfortable working for a woman. You're reading along thinking that these neanderthals are going to grow up a little, but end up realizing that their attitudes are supposed to be the accepted norm. Then I looked up Sheldon on Wikipedia and saw he was born in 1917, so maybe that explains things. What might have worked in the 1960s and 1970s just doesn't anymore, and so the characters become just too unbelievable. His work has become far too outdated.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Lara Cameron wants everything, but it takes some ruinous circumstances to make her realize she has more than she needs. By 20, Lara was a millionaire intent on conquering Chicago. A couple of years later, takes on New York, and the world. From Nova Scotia to Chicago, New York to Amsterdam, The Stars Shine Down describes the life of a woman who knew what she wanted and was willing to pay the price to get it. Sidney Sheldon novels are mindless and just fun to read when you want to be entertained. They have absolutely no literary value, but there is nothing better to have to read at the beach when you are enjoying a cocktail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Best! I loved the book it was thrilling and provacotive. One of my favorite books I have ever read. Sidney Sheldon at Best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Lara Cameron! This story is so inspiring how she came from her incredibly humble beginnings to rise to the top. Her ideas and dreams are what gave me the idea to become a real estate developer. I'm very succesful, but not on Lara's level! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
just finished reading the book.the story seemed to be very interesting while i was reading it, but the ending was very disappointing. it didn't turn out to have a clear conclusion; you don't know what happened to the rest of the characters.i suggest that sidney sheldon should write a part II for this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Stars Shine Down is one of the most exciting books I've ever read in my life. It has a magic that keeps you hooked on to the book and you just feel like reading page after page without a break. It is indeed captivating! Fascinating! Fabulous!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sidney Sheldon book, and I thought it was great! I literally couldn't put the book down. Sidney Sheldon is the master of drawing you into his stories and not letting you get out of them! I'm defintly gonna read more.....Sidney Sheldon is incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 15 & have read almost all of Sidney Sheldon's books. All of them I have enjoyed & not been able to put down but I was very disappointed in this one. It did not grip me at all. It was the 1st book of his that took me more than a day to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Updated bio at ashes of the chosen. U should post a bio too.
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