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The Resource Crown jewel, Fern Michaels

Crown jewel, Fern Michaels

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Crown jewel
Title
Crown jewel
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Fern Michaels
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eng
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Review
  • Ricky Lam, aka Hollywood’s “Platinum Boy,” is one famous actor. He’s got everything a man could want. Unfortunately, he also has a nasty drug and alcohol problem. His brother, Philly, has always been there for him, but this time he refuses to help. Philly is ready to wash his hands of Ricky unless he enters a program. Ricky does, it works, and 15 years later he continues to seek his brother’s approval. Philly is not forthcoming, and their relationship is cordial at best. When Philly dies in a freak accident on a movie set, Ricky is forced to admit he’ll never get to know his brother. Ricky is further upset when he inherits his brother’s resorts and realizes secrets abound in his brother’s life. Ricky leaves show business, takes over Philly’s concerns, and finds himself confronted with exposing the lies that surrounded his brother, one of which could shock and scandalize the nation at the highest levels, in the prolific Michaels’ latest, a story of forgiveness and personal redemption. -- Maria Hatton (BookList, 11-01-2003, p480)
  • Rendezvous Review: Heartthrob Ricky Lam was a drug addict and alcoholic since his youth. His brother Phil oversaw everything including bail and rehab until he had had enough and gave Ricky an ultimatum. Ricky grew into a worthwhile citizen until the pressure built and heblew one night with a major fall off the wagon. The next day on the set Phil was killed in a freak accident. Ricky is then forced to take control of his life and finally accept responsibility which included his two adult sons. Roxy, the sister-in-law who hates him, is left a meager inheritance while Ricky gets the lion's share. He walks away from Hollywood to run the family hotels in the Caribbean. It's then Ricky and Roxy come together to hash out their differences. A hack writer publishes a tell-all which compels Ricky to search for the truth about his brother. Well-written, soul-searching novel. An excellent gift. -- Sharon Chafin (Reviewed 11-01-2003)
  • Perennial bestseller Michaels (The Future Scrolls ; Trading Places ; etc.) returns with another paint-by-numbers story of love and redemption, this one set in Hollywood and Antigua. "Hollywood's Platinum Boy," Ricky Lam, has kicked the drugs and booze, thanks in no small part to his stern brother and business manager, Philip, aka Philly. But when Philly is killed in a freak accident on set, Ricky discovers that his brother was the real actor in the family: nobody truly knew Philly at all. That's unfortunate, as the deceased Philly is the best-developed (and most interesting) character in this one-dimensional cast. Ricky quits Hollywood to take over the family resort in Antigua, the Crown Jewel, and while spiffing it up for the first season's guests, he begins trying to uncover Philly's secret lives. He also tracks down his now-grown sons, whom he's never met, falls in love with Philly's widow, Roxy, and takes in a young reporter-cum-bartender, the hyper Gracie. Michaels presents reams of dull, clichéd dialogue while zipping past moments of drama and emotion in stilted sum-ups ("Was he [serious]? Hell, yes, he was. He liked her. No, he loved her. He really did. He said so").The story plods dutifully along, accompanied by saccharine preachings about the wonder of family and a dash of unromantic sex ("You know our asses are going to be full of splinters, don't you? It might be exciting to pick them out of each other later"). The settings promise glitter and glitz, but lack the charms of the Vegas or Kentucky series; only the most devoted of Michaels's considerable following will be able to slog through this ponderous tale. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 20, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 42, p33)
  • Good brother, bad brother. It's 1984: Rick, a wild young Hollywood star and all-around stud, is boozing heavily and secretly doing drugs—but he's been warned. His controlling, money-mad, hyper-responsible older brother Philly isn't going to bail him out next time, or square things with that dated entity referred to only as "the studio." Skip to 1999: Rick's sobered up and he's still going strong. "He had a tinge of gray at his temples these days, but the studio expertly covered it up." (The prolific Michaels may have been too busy churning out bestsellers to notice that studios haven't kept actors under contract for decades, but never mind.) Rick skips the dye job, however, when Philly dies in an accident and leaves most of his estate to his ne'er-do-well brother, who gives up acting and takes over the resorts-for-the-rich that Philly was developing, though Roxy, Philly's trashy wife, resents him for it. Ditto Reba, Roxy's plastic surgeon daughter: Philly was like a father to her but he didn't leave her much money. Well, what the hell, Rick wants to make everyone happy and redeem himself, so he lets Roxy take over the Crown Jewel, their flagship island resort—and he makes peace with Max and Tyler, the grown sons who never knew him (Philly paid off their mothers), then befriends tough but cute reporter Gracie Lick, and investigates the mystery of Philly's parentage. Gee, Philly was adopted! Can it be true that Philly's real mother, 14 when he was born, is now married to aged billionaire Armand Farquar? And did the young Lorraine rescue her newborn son from a Dumpster when her heartless lover tossed him in and then bravely give him up for adoption? She did! And is her lover, Philly's father, now the Vice President of the United States? He is! Will reporter Gracie Lick take this unlikely story and run with it? She will!Michaels's cluttered style has been noticeably trimmed this time around, which keeps the over-the-top plot moving right along. For the fans. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2003)
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Michaels, Fern
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non fiction
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  • Sibling rivalry
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Resorts
  • Secrecy
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • South Carolina
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Crown jewel, Fern Michaels
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467844
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780743457798
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780743457798
  • (Sirsi) ADL-9428
Label
Crown jewel, Fern Michaels
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
467844
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780743457798
Isbn Type
:
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780743457798
  • (Sirsi) ADL-9428

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