Owner of the luxurious and exclusive Keys complex in Las Vegas, Lucky Santangelo comes up against Armet Askarani, a ruthless middle eastern billionaire with three wives. Armet wishes to purchase the Keys, and is shocked when he hears that Lucky has no desire to sell - whatever the price. That a woman would turn him down is insulting and unthinkable. And so the battle for power begins...
Meanwhile, Lucky's son, Bobby Santangelo Stanislopoulos is opening a branch of his successful private late night club in Lucky's hotel, and inadvertently becomes involved in his close friend Frankie Romano's gambling and major drug problems, causing much friction between him and his girlfriend, Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney, Denver Jones.
Back in L.A., Max, Bobby's wild and gorgeous teenage sister is getting restless. Not interested in college, she fights with Lucky and suddenly takes off for New York and a series of adventures which could become deadly. Through it all Lucky Santangelo rules as she always has.
There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood, from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the powerbrokers, Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.
Jackie Collins has been called a 'raunchy moralist' by the late director Louis Malle and 'Hollywood's own Marcel Proust' by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, Jackie Collins is one of the world's bestselling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivalled 'insider's' view of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous and infamous!
'I write about real people in disguise,' Jackie says. 'If anything, my characters are toned down. The truth is much more bizarre.'
Goddess of Vengeance
Simon and Schuster
Author: Jackie Collins
Question: In three words, how would you describe Lucky Santangelo?
Jackie Collins: Independent. Beautiful. Wild.
Question: What is the best thing about creating a character like Lucky Santangelo?
Jackie Collins: She kicks ass better than anyone, and she's a strong and very positive role model for women.
Question: Are the characters based on anyone you know?
Jackie Collins: Oh yes! And if I told you, I'd have to kill you!
Question: Out of your many novels, do you have a favourite?
Jackie Collins: Currently 'Goddess of Vengeance,' but going back I would have to say 'Chances' where the Santangelo saga began.
Question: What originally inspired you to write books?
Jackie Collins: Loved reading as a kid, and I always enjoyed creating characters and situations. Writing strong women and great relationships has always been my goal and 28 books later I think I've achieved it.
Question: What's your next exciting project?
Jackie Collins: 'The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook' - an Italian feast and a new novel 'The Power Trip.'
Interview by Brooke Hunter