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Webs of Power is a raw, unsentimental portrayal of greed, manipulation, and relationships set in the excessive, insatiable retail industry of the 1980s.

When a hostile takeover of the retail giant Consolidated is announced, the lives of three determined women, each linked to the corporate upheaval, are unexpectedly thrown off course: Paige Toddman's marriage to Consolidated's West Coast Division CEO is threatened when she decides to step out ...
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Overview

Webs of Power is a raw, unsentimental portrayal of greed, manipulation, and relationships set in the excessive, insatiable retail industry of the 1980s.

When a hostile takeover of the retail giant Consolidated is announced, the lives of three determined women, each linked to the corporate upheaval, are unexpectedly thrown off course: Paige Toddman's marriage to Consolidated's West Coast Division CEO is threatened when she decides to step out of her fast-paced lifestyle to raise the unwanted child she is carrying, a choice driven by her secret past. The fabric of Ashleigh McDowell's life begins to fray when her fiancé, the president of Consolidated's West Coast Division, moves away and her father figure faces a lawsuit that could wipe out his controlling shares of the company's stock. Vain and power hungry, Viviana De Mornay will stop at nothing to become the wife of the man leading the takeover.

Webs of Power is a thrilling real-world drama with dynamic characters who find the courage to drastically reshape their lives in the face of crises and the twists of fate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934572238
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 1,402,302
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Quinn
As a former member of a nine-person management team for the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Stores (West Coast Division of the former Federated Department Store conglomerate, which is now Macy's Inc.), Darlene Quinn has an inside perspective on the rise and fall of major department stores. Her first novel in this series, Webs of Power, dealt with the corporate greed and raw human struggles in that world of retail. It was the winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Best Book Award for General Fiction. Darlene is currently working on the prequel, Irreversible Webs.

Her first published novel, Sizzling Cold Case, was a collaboration with and labor of love for her dear friend Buddy Ebsen. His work-in-progress was a Barnaby Jones novel, which at his widow's request Darlene was thrilled to complete.

Darlene has two children, John and Jodie, six wonderful grandchildren, and happily lives with her husband and greatest supporter, Jack, a restorer of valuable art, in Long Beach, California.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

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    Deceit and the Lust for Power

    The corruption of money, power and greed fill the pages of Webs of Power by Darlene Quinn. Three women, the men they love or use and the dog eat dog world of large corporations spiral the reader into a world of excess, self-centered goals and the danger of being at the top of the heap, because everyone wants to be you or at least bring you down. Which woman will stand by her man, which will run away, which will grind her stilettos into his back if it will benefit her purposes? Loyalties are tested, deceit runs rampant and no one comes out unscathed, all in the name of success.

    Do NOT expect to like too many of these characters. Their redeeming qualities are few and far between. Selfish motives are a huge catalyst that drives this soap opera of the rich and famous. Do we need to feel compassion for how they became the calculating people they are? Perhaps, but the lack of conscience these characters display almost becomes outrageous!

    Darlene Quinn has created a world of dark grit, in spite of the trappings of glitter. She does not paint a pretty picture of life at the top and what it takes to get there. If anything, she has shown what a lonely place it can be and how being too driven, too focused on one’s own goals creates a monster within. Filled with intrigue and over the top selfishness, I had to keep reading to see if anyone redeemed themselves. If you like the twisted world of the top feeders who demand all or nothing, you may enjoy this journey where high-style does NOT equal high class.

    I received this copy from the Greenleaf Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Loved it - you must read it!

    Webs of Power kept my attention from beginning to end. If I had not put it down because I had to eat dinner, I would have read all night. I did read to the end the next day.

    The story about the babies is enthralling and you can't wait to find out what happens.

    I love the intrigue and would recommend to anyone who loves to read, loves a mystery and loves the stories of our great late department stores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Awesome Read

    I couldn't put this book down, it was so exciting. I read half and had to work and realized I could't pick it up until I had time to read the rest. It is an absolute must if you love a good read of corruption and greed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    ¿Too Busy To Grasp¿

    This is about 3 women, probably around 40, who live soap-opera-like lives. I never really connected with any of them. It was difficult to stay focused on the plot, because the chapters were too short. I never thought I would feel that way I am a fan of short chapters. However, it was hard to develop any interest in the plot when the focus kept changing from one of the characters to another. Without a doubt, the author has the inside scoop on retail. However, do any of us care? Not really.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Entertaining

    I feel much smarter after reading this book. It gave me a glimpse of a world I knew nothing about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    A Powerful Drama!

    Webs of Power is a work of fiction however, if you happen to fill a high-level position in some corporate hierarchy, you may think you¿re reading a story about your own company! Darlene Quinn has done an excellent job in taking readers into the fast-paced and sometimes terror-filled world of high finance and corporate takeovers. This time, for department stores, in the late 1980s. Quinn¿s note at the end of the book provides a short, helpful historical view of the rise and, to some extent, fall of the great department stores. Most of us at least recognize the name of Macy¿s, which sponsors the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Many have watched as other stores have closed and the downtowns of our cities board up the large windows that formerly provided samples of what these stores offered. There is no doubt that Power...and the desire for ever, more Money were the main factors that drove the creation of large conglomerates. By the time of this story, there were billions involved in mergers, hostile takeovers, and the resale of smaller stores. Webs of Power focuses on three women and those around them. Into the webs of deceit in business, they brought the only thing stronger than power and money. They brought Love. Page Toddman, together with her husband Mark, were major players at Consolidated. They both had personal histories with the company and had contributed greatly to its growth. However, at the first sign of financial weakness, an Australian land developer, Philip Sloan made a hostile offer of $4.2 billion for the retail empire. Mark was immediately caught up in trying to prevent the takeover, but Page had something much more important that she faced¿a late-life pregnancy that forced a re-evaluation of what was most important to her. Ashleigh McDowell, engaged to be married to Conrad Taylor, one of Mark¿s primary executives, had unexpectedly been asked to take over the reigns of his father¿s business, commercial investments, and had to relocate across the country. Ashleigh¿s career was at Bentley¿s, a prestigious division of Consolidated, and was forced to stay there as everyone worked to prevent the takeover. Could love survive postponement of their wedding indefinitely? Viviane De Mornay is the glamorous woman you want to hate, but cannot. She, too, was affected by the potential upheaval of the takeover--but potentially in a much-different way. For she is having an affair with Philip Sloan! Her tangled life could be the most affected and she dreams of standing beside Sloan as he takes over Consolidated. Besides she loves him. What she can¿t quite be sure of is that she loves him for himself¿or for the power and money he can provide her. Quinn has effectively used her experience and expertise in department store management to create a thoroughly intriguing, believable, and twisted drama of deceit, love, greed¿and, yes, webs of power! Once you get caught in the tangle of the lives of these three women, you will be turning each page until you know what happens to them. One small sub-plot of a former corporate raider, who gave everything up to take care of his much-loved son when he became ill, was one of my favorite surprises. What does the power of love do to the lives of those affected by corporate power struggles? This book reveals it all! Enjoy! G. A. Bixler

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Intriguing

    Enjoyed the story. Hits home about the corporate world..Keeps the reader involed. Liked the short chapters..Fell in love with the character Ashleigh. Looking foward to her next book. Maybe a sequel?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Nice drama

    When big business deals are made, the usual players are men. Webs of Power explores the lives of three women affected when a business tycoon threatens to take ownership of a department store giant. Paige Toddman has it all. Married to Consolidated¿s West Coast Division CEO, she has wealth, prestige and time to explore her own interests. Until one day an unexpected surprise comes between her and her husband, threatening to end their marriage once and for all. Ashleigh McDowell is engaged to the President, and they are about to embark on their new life together when the attempted takeover begins. Her father-figure is still a powerful player in the department store enterprise, and when his daughter and her husband begin to take determined steps against him, Ashleigh needs to protect him. Viviana DeMornay craves the power that only comes from being associated with the best, and that means selling her soul to the devil ¿ the very man who plans to take over the enterprise that currently employs her. How much of herself is she willing to give up to marry him? These three fascinating women live through the emotional roller coaster of this takeover, supportive of their men, but caught up in their own needs and desires, as well. As the business deal winds to a close, will they find the happiness they seek? Darlene Quinn has woven a captivating story that pulls you in, as the web closes in on Consolidated. Short, quick chapters keep the reader turning the page, wanting to see what happens next in these intricate negotiations. Suspenseful and well-written, Webs of Power is a compelling and enjoyable read. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Intriguing!

    Darlene Quinn's colorful portrayal of the complex world of retail and its players is intriguing. Her characters all have ties to the retail giant at the center of an attempted hostile takeover and they struggle to put their lives in perspective in the face of this adversity. A fast-paced, provocative novel that you won't want to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Webs of Power

    Don't we all feel nostalgia for a simpler time--when we shopped at our favorite stores, mindless of the machinations going on behind the scenes? Hostile takeovers and leveraged buyouts were terms foreign to our understanding or concern. No More! Darlene Quinn has taken on Big Business in a big way. A hostile takeover triggers a staggering series of events that threaten the happiness, conscience, and survival of three strong women and the men in their lives. The author has woven events, choices, and their repercussions into an intricate web that ensnares the reader and clearly indicates Darlene Quinn's experience and expertise in this world of crisis in the retail business two decades ago. A fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Masterful!

    What¿s important to you? Okay, now what is really important to you? Darlene Quinn explores the lives of three women who are forced to answer those questions. Darlene draws each woman--Paige, Ashleigh, and Viviana--with the skill of a master storyteller. In the world of hostile takeovers and high finance, ambition, loyalty, and family are motivations each of these women must examine and Darlene carries the reader along effortlessly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    A Fun Read!

    You have to read this book! Ms. Quinn has created three engaging and powerful lead female characters, all faced with the very real repurcussions of a very real hostile takeover that rocked the retail business world during the 1980s. Clearly Ms. Quinn knows her stuff when it comes to high finance and retail--and she can craft a page-turner to boot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    A Well-Woven Tale

    Think leveraged buyouts and hostile takeovers are dull business-page news? Think again. Webs of Power, a drama of love, secrets, betrayal and danger, will hold you spellbound as it explores the turbulent world of fashion merchandising in the 1980¿s. When a corporate raider attacks a mercantile empire, the lives of three strong women and the powerful men they love are thrown into upheaval. How they respond, and the interwoven events they set in motion, makes for a fast-paced, absorbing story with plenty of surprising turns. Darlene Quinn knows the world of department stores and fashion management. Her surefooted depiction of people and places makes you feel like an insider in a high stakes game. Shopping at Macy¿s or Bloomingdale¿s may never feel the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Well develped and mercurial

    The complex personalities involved, greed, and dishonesty led you on an unpredictable adventure. The book starts with a simple premise, but don't let that fool you. As characters are introduced, in the short chapters that I love, the more complicated the plot. The twists and turns of personalities are well developed and mercurial. What seems like a simple, hostile takeover by and ego-centric Australian becomes complex as the personalities involved are shown in their full color.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Fun and Entertaining

    Webs of Power is a fascinating and at times unforgiving peek into the lives of three career-oriented women (one having managed to step away for a while), who are closely connected to the retail industry. The story delves into their relationships with the men in their lives, what brought them to where they are, and the circumstances, greed and manipulation that surround them. Keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the book is the question: what will become of them? Not wanting to give away the ending, I will tell you that this is a fun, delightfully trashy at times, entertaining story, and I can¿t wait to read the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Great Read

    After reading Darlene Quinn¿s last book, Sizzling Cold Case and enjoying it immensely, I was looking forward to her next book. I didn¿t have long to wait when Webs of Power recently became available. I have to admit after reading the first few pages I was lulled into thinking this was a book about a corporate takeover, but I was wrong and continuously rewarded with unexpected plot twists. The book really shines when the action starts. Quinn has a way of drawing the reader in as the action heats up and the pages keep turning. You can tell Quinn knows her subject matter, and for those of us not well versed in the corporate world she has a brief history at the end of the book to educate the uninitiated. It was a great summer read. I couldn¿t believe how quickly I sped through it to find out how my favored protagonist fared at the end of the story. You¿ll have to try it yourself, there are no spoilers here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Entanglements of the Leveraged Buyout go beyond the Corporate to the Personal

    Quinn, familiar with the operations of large retail department stores, takes the reader through the turbulent years of the 1980s when leveraged buyouts became the hot new ticket for making millions, an inventive way to profit from the market without needing to introduce a new product or provide a service. It is uncertainty that rules the lives of Quinn¿s characters. Forced to play the precarious takeover game initiated by a greedy financier, company executives put themselves at personal financial risk in an effort to save the institutions that brought international merchandise to the front-door steps of the American people. Risk, however, does not discriminate. Even the craftiest market manipulators can find themselves entangled in a web of power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Darlene Quinn Strikes Gold

    With obvious ¿insider¿s¿ knowledge, Darlene Quinn has created a web of intrigue that draws the reader into the best and worst of the retailer¿s world. I found myself rooting for her smart women, and wishing I could boo the villains. The book came with me on a trip, and once I began reading, I made sure it was always within easy reach. Best of all, I can say proudly, Darlene was once one of my students. Maralys Wills. Author, Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Enjoyed as a Long Beach local

    This story is full of interesting facts about the inside workings of the retail industry. Darlene lets us in on the technicalities left out on the evening news. Great fun for local Long Beach readers as much of the story takes place in Naples and Belmont Shore. I personally enjoyed following the action around the town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    What appears to be a simple plot isn't.

    What seems like an inside story, based on fact, of a hostile takeover of well established, up-scale, and revered department stores, becomes much more complicated as the characters in the drama are introduced, along with their complex personalities, foibles, needs, greed, egos and ethics. It's difficult to put the book down until the last page.

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