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The Stars Shine Down is Sidney Sheldon's twelfth and most passionate novel, set against the glamorous world of international business and featuring a complex and compelling heroine faced with a series of life-shattering decisions. Lara Cameron is young and beautiful. Rising from a past she seeks to repress, she achieves her wildest ambition, creating a much-envied business empire. Then, overnight, all that has gone before, her fortune, her achievements, and her marriage - everything - is at risk. Paul Martin, a ...
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Overview

The Stars Shine Down is Sidney Sheldon's twelfth and most passionate novel, set against the glamorous world of international business and featuring a complex and compelling heroine faced with a series of life-shattering decisions. Lara Cameron is young and beautiful. Rising from a past she seeks to repress, she achieves her wildest ambition, creating a much-envied business empire. Then, overnight, all that has gone before, her fortune, her achievements, and her marriage - everything - is at risk. Paul Martin, a brilliant but mysterious lawyer who is captivated by Lara, finally is faced with her desire for independence and his own compulsion not to let her go. Howard Keller, Lara's longtime friend and mentor, is torn between loyalty to her and maintaining a terrifying secret, one that must never be revealed - especially to Lara. It is Philip Adler who offers Lara an exciting new world, but at a devastating price that threatens to destroy them both. From Scotland to Nova Scotia, New York to London, Rome to Reno, The Stars Shine Down is classic Sidney Sheldon, featuring the startling shocks and amazing surprises millions of readers have come to expect and love. It is also a highlight in a continuum of virtuoso performances by the man everyone turns to for irresistible romance, cliff-hanger suspense, and the totally unexpected.

In a dazzling global setting from London to New York, Reno to Rome, one woman will find everything she has won--her fortune, her fame, the man she loves--shockingly endangered by a secret with the devastating power to destroy her.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688121006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: Large Print

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

The 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 Award. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007.

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 September 13, 2003

    AWESOME!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Fangstorm bio

    Crush on shineingstare

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Shiningstare to fangstorm

    Updated bio at ashes of the chosen. U should post a bio too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Nova

    A big silver gryphon with orange eyes is sprawled out in the prarie. The grass grows silver

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Great

    Great book

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    Predictable but nice

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    Sheldon's novels have become outdated

    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.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Sidney Sheldon novels are mindless and just fun to read when you want to be entertained.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    An Awesome Read!!!

    The Best! I loved the book it was thrilling and provacotive. One of my favorite books I have ever read. Sidney Sheldon at Best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Inspiring!

    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! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    not really that worth it to read..

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    Fascinating!!!!!!!

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    My first Sheldon

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    Disappointing!!

    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!

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