The fabulous, bestselling Jackie Collins returns to the world of her greatest success in a searing novel of the new -- but not necessarily imporved -- Hollywood.
When The Hollywood Wives was published more than 15 years ago, it captivated readers with a decadent combination of suspense, scandal, and high glamour and propelled author Jackie Collins to the top of the nation's bestseller lists. Now she thrills a new generation of readers with a sizzling look at the women of today's Hollywood.
Power. Sex. Money. Fame. Today's Hollywood players have it all. If they don't have it, they want it. And what they want, they usually get. Ambitious, young, smart, and lethal, the Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance, determined to claw their way to the top. Leading the pack is Lissa Roman, a mega movie star and legendary sex symbol, four times married. Lissa is on top of her game -- seemingly invincible until Nicci, her wild-child daughter is kidnapped by a crazed psychopath, and suddenly power, sex, money and fame may not be enough.
Like the original Hollywood Wives, The New Generation will shock surprise, amuse and startle, taking readers on a roller coaster ride of fun and suspense they won't soon forget.
About the Author
Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour. Her first book, The World Is Full of Married Men became a sensational bestseller because of its open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard. After that came The Stud, Sinners, The Love Killers, The World is Full of Divorced Women, The Bitch, Lovers And Gamblers, Chances, and then the international sensation, Hollywood Wives -- a #1 New York Times bestseller, which was made into one of ABC's highest-rated miniseries starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.
Hometown:Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:London, England
Read an Excerpt
We gotta plan your bachelor party," Brian Richter remarked as he finished rolling a joint. "Or rather I do. All you gotta do is gimme a night, and leave everything else to me."
"No party," Evan Richter answered stubbornly. They were sitting around a long table covered with scribbled-on script pages in a hotel room in Arizona, where they were on location for their current movie, Space Blonde.
"Why not?" Brian said, lighting up the joint.
"I've been a bachelor forever," Evan said, annoyed that he had to explain. "Did enough partying to last a lifetime, so what've I got to prove?"
"You gotta be shittin' me?" Brian said with a disgusted look. "Bachelor parties are the only sane reason for getting
married. If you're gonna lock yourself up in pussy prison, you may as well fuck your balls off before your old lady cuts 'em off."
"You're sick," Evan muttered.
"No. I'm normal," Brian retorted, dragging deeply on his joint. "You're the fucked-up member of the family."
"It's a tragedy we weren't separated at birth," Evan muttered, wishing it were so.
"That would've suited me just fine," Brian retorted. "And I'm sure Mom wouldn't've minded."
The Richter brothers. Fraternal twins. Totally unlike physically. Evan, quirky and nice looking, but no hunk with his spiky brown hair and lanky frame. Whereas Brian was all piercing blue eyes, shaggy beach-blond hair, and a hard body. In spite of Brian's bad-boy habits -- which included gambling, drinking too much, drugging a lot, and indiscriminately sleeping with a variety of nubile females -- he was in excellent shape.
The Richter brothers. Hot properties in Hollywood. Hot and unpredictable. Some thought Evan was the one with all the talent because he appeared to be more serious than Brian. But Brian was the one with the best ideas. And Brian was the one who came up with the main story line and wrote most of the scripts. It was Evan who kept it all together, handled the financial aspects, could unfailingly close any deal, and made sure their movies came in on time and usually under budget.
The Richter brothers were always arguing; it amazed everyone who came in contact with them how they were able to maintain such a successful working relationship. Bicker, bicker, bicker. Day and night they went at it.
Often they threatened to dissolve their partnership and go their separate ways. But usually sanity soon prevailed, because why mess with something that was making them both more money than they could ever have imagined?
"How is dear little Nicci?" Brian asked sarcastically. "Still calling you six times a day?"
"We alternate," Evan muttered, wondering why he was even bothering to explain.
"Bullshit," Brian said disbelievingly.
"How come you're always on her case?" Evan responded, frowning.
"'Cause she's nothing but a needy kid."
Evan glared at his brother. "Like you date adults," he said.
"I date 'em, don't marry 'em," Brian pointed out. "Marriage is for old people who can't get it up."
Fortunately, Teena, their script assistant, rushed into the room, speaking into a cell phone. Short and in her thirties,
she was an eccentric-looking woman with hair like straw, decorated with various colored clips and slides -- plus a bold blue streak. Her round face was made to seem more so by the addition of huge wire-rimmed glasses, and she had a prominent snub nose.
"What's up?" Evan said, happy for the interruption, because he was not about to get into a discussion about why he was marrying Nicci with his sex-crazed brother. It was none of his business.
"Everything," Teena said, clicking off the phone and rolling her purple-shadowed eyes. "Abbey doesn't care for her new lines. Harry is under the impression that his trailer is smaller than hers. And Chris can't handle it. He's apparently gone into a funk. We'd better get over to the location, pronto."
Abbey Christian -- a leggy, twenty-two-year-old natural blonde, with a smile that could light up Christmas. Star of their latest movie. Major player. Major cokehead.
Harry Bello -- big-deal comedy actor supreme. Rubber faced and coming up to fifty. Paranoid about getting older and quite certain that Abbey was receiving better treatment than he was.
Chris Fortune. Boy-wonder director. The same age as Abbey and somewhat intimidated by his two stars -- even though he'd directed the big sleeper hit of the previous summer.
"Freakin' actors," Brian grumbled, exhaling smoke. "We should be making animated movies."
"You finally came up with a decent idea," Evan said. "No more over-the-top salaries."
"Please, guys, let's move it," Teena urged, almost jumping up and down with agitation. "Abbey won't come out of her trailer. Harry's sulking. And Chris is heading for a panic attack. We must get over there."
"Let's go," Brian said, carefully preserving his joint in a Kleenex for later. "Nothing like a view of Abbey's tits to wake me up in the morning."
"Remember," Evan said ominously. "No fucking our star until the movie wraps."
"Hey," Brian said innocently. "I can look, can't I?"
Lissa Roman went to great lengths to keep her private life private. Which was not easy considering she lived under constant media scrutiny. Danny, her assistant, was a big help. Earlier that day she'd instructed him to hire a car, leave it in the parking lot at Saks, and give her the ticket. He'd done so, no questions asked.
After lunch, she'd had Chuck drop her off at Barneys,
instructed him to come back in two hours, walked across to Saks, got into the rented car, and driven out to the valley. There was no way she planned to alert Gregg to what was going on, or anyone else for that matter. This was her business, and when Lissa wanted to keep something private, she knew how to do it.
Anyway, she was quite capable of driving to the valley on her own. She didn't need security, just a pair of dark glasses and a baseball cap to hide her telltale platinum hair. Besides, it was an adventure to be doing something on her own for a change.
She put on talk radio and listened to the various call-ins, which was always a trip, until finally she arrived at the Robbins/Scorsinni offices on Ventura, where she was greeted by a plump, middle-aged Asian assistant in a flowered pantsuit. The offices were old and kind of run-down, but Lissa felt quite comfortable. She wasn't looking for one of those hotshot Hollywood P.I. agencies that knew everyone's business. This low-key place suited her fine.
Quincy Robbins, who ran the private investigation/security agency with his partner, Michael Scorsinni, was a pleasant, reliable man, whom Lissa had used on several other occasions for various matters. He and his partner were ex-New York detectives, and that made her feel secure. When she'd moved into her house several years ago, she'd hired Quincy to be her chief security advisor. She'd never met his partner, but she knew that his reputation was stellar.
"Take a seat, please," the Asian woman said with a gummy smile, revealing a row of uneven teeth. "I am Mai Lee. Michael will be with you soon."
"I'm not here to see Michael," Lissa said, anxious to get this over with. "Quincy is expecting me."
"Nobody contacted you?" Mai Lee said, sounding surprised.
"Not that I know of."
"Oh dear," Mai Lee said, now highly embarrassed. "I think I was supposed to call you."
"About what?" Lissa said, fast losing her patience.
"Quincy's laid up at home," Mai Lee said, fluttering her hands. "He broke his leg."
"You've got to be kidding?"
"I'm afraid it's true."
"When did this happen?"
"A few days ago. But not to worry, Michael took over your case. You'll be happy with Michael, he is most capable."
Lissa stood up. "I always deal with Quincy," she said tightly. "This could've waited if I'd known he wasn't available."
"My fault," Mai Lee said, now taking full responsibility. "I was supposed to explain. You see, Quincy didn't seem to think you would want to wait."
Lissa wondered how much Mai Lee knew. This was so embarrassing, she could see the headlines now -- lissa roman catches another cheating husband.
"Oh, God!" she sighed, realizing there was nothing she could do at this late stage. "I suppose I'll have to see Michael. Where is he?"
"Sorry," Mai Lee said apologetically. "He's out of the office right now."
This was ridiculous, she'd driven all the way out to the valley, and now she was getting a runaround. "Are you telling me that you expect me to sit here and wait?" she said sharply. It wasn't often she played the star, but one perk of star treatment was never having to wait.
"He'll be back soon," Mai Lee volunteered. "Very soon."
"Unbelievable!" Lissa muttered irritably. "I drove over here especially."
"There's plenty of magazines," Mai Lee offered soothingly. "Why don't you sit down and relax?"
Why don't you shove it up your ass, Lissa wanted to say, but she didn't. That would have been mean and petty, and one thing she was always careful about was preserving a good public image.
I'm nervous, she thought. I'm nervous because even though I know for sure that Gregg's screwing around, it's still difficult to deal with. At least Quincy -- big, black, comfortable Quincy -- would have held her hand and said, "Listen, this is something you're not gonna want to hear, but these are the facts."
Now she had to hear it from a stranger.
Well, not exactly a stranger, Quincy had often mentioned his partner's name. "My friend Michael," he'd always say. "You should've seen us when we were detectives together in New York. Michael got shot, nearly bought it. You'll like him. He's one of the good guys."
And yet over the years she'd never met him.
She sat down, picked up a magazine, and flipped the pages impatiently, until suddenly the door was pushed open and a tall man strode in.
"Michael," Mai Lee said, jumping up. "Ms. Roman is here."
He walked right over to her. "Sorry to have kept you waiting," he said. "Quincy insisted I shouldn't make you wait, but it was unavoidable. I'm really sorry," he added, giving her a long, sincere stare.
He had the blackest eyes she'd ever seen, thick jet hair, and dark olive skin with a two-day stubble. He was handsome, with a dangerous edge -- an irresistible combination.
So this is Michael Scorsinni, she thought. Quincy never told me he looks like a movie star -- only better.
"Uh...hi," she said, and wondered if this might turn out to be easier than she'd thought.
Copyright © 2001 by Jackie Collins
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's a Fun page turner and the characters are easy to identify with as well to like or dislike. If you are a fan of her novels you will like this book.
I know Jackie Collins is the queen of trashy celebrity fiction so I didn't expect much, but this book was just bad! Not only does Collins use the most obnoxious phrasing in her dialogue, such as " I dunno" and "wanna" and the like, but I detested the way she made every sentence contain a word in italics to emphasize how stupid the characters could sound. If you read Collins, you must know what I mean. All her characters sound like they didn't finish grade school. The women are all depicted as s l u t s, b i t c h e s, airheads, or money-grubbing sharks and the men are all portrayed as either dopeheads, killers, sexual deviants or complete whimps. I realize that people are in fact like this, but not everyone is! This gets boring after a while. If all the characters are like this, then no one stands out and that's exactly what happens in Collins books.
After reading Chances, Lucky, Hollywood Wives etc..This book really didn't get me as involved but it still made me giddy with the little flirtations and all the sexual tension that Jackie Collins is oh so famous for. It just needed to be a few thousand pages longer.
As with any other Jackie Collins' book, I couldn't put it down! I loved the story's plot and the climax was killer. She still writes with same strong and accurate feeling as she always has. It's a great read that you won't want to put down. Famous and familiar characters return to entice with new drama.
I love all of Jackie Collins' books and this one was right up there with the rest of them. I read the book in less than a day because once I got started I couldn't put it down. She knows how to draw people into her books and keep your attention.
In her usual shocking and sultry style, Jackie Collins hits us with another one of her amazing books. As they always do, this book draws you in from the first page and leaves you thinking about the larger-than-life characters long after you have finished the book. Too bad she only writes one book a year because I am hooked!!!
This book proves to me that Jackie Collins' style is becoming repetitive, and lacks the punch of her earlier novels that shocked readers.
Hollywood superstar Lissa Roman thinks her fourth spouse Gregg Lynch is seeing another woman. Lissa puts up with a lot from her men, but refuses to accept womanizing. Will she toss Gregg out of her life? Lissa¿s daughter Nicci feels confused between her fiancé Evan Richer and her future brother-in-law Brian. She loves both of them yet finds she is more attracted to Brian. Will she choose Brian over Evan? Lissa visits private investigator Michael Scorsinni to make inquiries into Gregg¿s philandering. When Lissa and Michael first meet, a spark ignites, but both keep the relationship strictly business. Michael has tapes of Gregg¿s cheating and promises to handle everything required to throw him out of Lissa¿s home. Will Lissa and Michael follow up on that initial attraction? Meanwhile ex-con Eric Vernon sets a plot in motion to kidnap Nicci. He pretends to be gay to attain information from Lissa¿s assistant Danny and begins to follow Nicci to learn her habits. Will Eric succeed in abducting Nicci? Jackie Collins is a strange phenomenon that defies the logic of literature. Though the readers know its fluff Ms. Collins somehow hooks you for no logical reason into a one sitting read in which you feel totally entertained but not sure why. The HOLLYWOOD WIVES ¿ THE NEW GENERATION fits that classification as the story contains two intriguing major subplots and three other unnecessary but enticing minor subplots. Ms. Collins has done it again, as her fans will savor her latest contemporary fiction. Will the audience finally understand why we love Ms Collins? Harriet Klausner