Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins (1916–1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World’s Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 best-selling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times best sellers list. His books were adapted into 13 commercially successful films and also television series that garnered numerous Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and more.
The self-proclaimed "world’s best writer in plain English," Robbins wrote novels that resonated with audiences due to their graphic depictions of sex, violence, power and drugs, and the multilayered complexities of his characters, as evidenced by his best-selling novels Never Love a Stranger, The Carpetbaggers, Where Love Has Gone, and The Adventurers. He once said in an interview: "People make their own choices every day about what they are willing to do. We don’t have the right to judge them or label them. At least walk in their shoes before you do."
Robbins’ personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a "playboy" image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dino De Laurentiis, Robert Evans, Ringo Starr, Barbara Eden, Lena Horne and Quincy Jones, and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of "The World’s First Rock Star Author."

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The Looters

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From the author of The New York Times #1 best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers comes the story of Madison Dupre, a young and ambitious art curator who is fixated on reaching the top of the rarefied world of priceless antiquities—an insular playground of the mega-rich, the super-privileged and even the occasional money launderer. This glamorous world is also a world of unimaginable ugliness and ego.

As curator of the prestigious Piedmont Collection, Madison is a rising star who knows how to ruthlessly play the game. She’s there to win, no matter what it takes. When the crown jewel for the museum comes up for auction, the death mask of an ancient queen known as "The Whore of Babylon," she’s determined to acquire it—and does, during a highly charged auction with the world watching.

During the celebratory press conference, a mysterious Iraqi erupts, claiming Navy Seals and Hussein’s Republican Guard looted the mask from the National Museum during the fall of Baghdad. Though dismissed as the ranting of a lunatic, Madison and her employer understand the gravity of the accusation: if true, Madison committed a felony by buying stolen goods and lost a fortune.

Madison quickly realizes she’s being framed. But by whom? Why? And when the Iraqi is murdered, Madison becomes the prime suspect. Grasping that she’s been betrayed by "friends" and is now being stalked by killers, she runs—determined to clear her name. Madison finds herself on an international odyssey spinning in a vortex of deceit and falls into the arms of a mercenary who just might be able to keep her alive as she fights for her life.

When Harold Robbins passed away, he left a treasure trove of stories. The first of a series, The Looters is a collaboration between the Robbins Estate and Junius Podrug, a good friend whose writing Robbins admired, bringing all the sensuality, suspense and action of a Harold Robbins thriller into the 21st century.

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Descent from Xanadu

"Robbins brought four-letter words and kinky sex out of the dirty bookstore and onto the bedside table of mainstream America." —USA Today

Ruthless, unscrupulous, devastatingly handsome, and insatiable Judd Crane, the richest man in the world, has everything a man could want in life: an endless supply of money, women, power and sex. But despite his vast riches, he realizes that he cannot escape death.

From the author of The New York Times #1 best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers comes a tale of a fierce obsession—immortality. Determined to cheat death, Judd embarks on a dangerous path from Yugoslavia to China, from the sheltered paradise of his lush private island to a secret atomic city in the jungles of Brazil. Along the way, Judd will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for—including chancing death, endangering his fortune, outmaneuvering foreign agents, and, ultimately, risking both his business empire and the woman he loves—until the very last second, when he discovers the most vital secret of all.

With over 16 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list, this novel of intrigue, decadence, and ruthless determination is pure storytelling—sure to keep you turning pages.

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Goodbye, Janette

A dynasty of women triumphs in the fiercely male-dominated world of high fashion amid the ruins of war. A daughter honors her mother’s ultimate sacrifice—by becoming a ruthless businesswoman who will stop at nothing to raise high her family’s name. Another daughter seeks to flee the toxic legacy of her family and live in peace. And both daughters have a date with destiny in a vault filled with Nazi gold… treasure that will alter the course of both their lives…

Goodbye, Janette is a late masterpiece by Harold Robbins, America’s most commercially successful and era-defining author of pulp fiction. The creator of erotic and ferocious turbocharged narratives of the soul-stricken rich and famous, Harold Robbins was in his day a close runner-up to Shakespeare and the Bible in numbers of books sold. Today, his ability to create an unstoppable, mesmeric tale—someone famously said about him, "In Harold’s books, the pages turn your fingers"—pushes him to the front ranks of pop novelists as new generations discover his awesome power.

Epic and intimate, moving from the icy nighttime streets of the Nazi occupation to the decadent beaches of St. Tropez, from the showrooms of Manhattan to the runways of Paris, Goodbye, Janette is a hypnotically gripping, mythic family saga of the power of blood to bind, to oppress, and finally to set free. Full of the shocking U-turns and unexpected revelations that make Harold Robbins a master storyteller, Goodbye, Janette transports the reader to a chic, dreamlike world where everyone wants an all-access pass… but the penalties for staying may be severe.

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