Contrary to the official blurb, this is far from a writer 'at the top of his form'. Like the second reviewer, I've read all of Sidney Sheldon's books over the years and have becoming increasingly disappointed with each new release. After a four year wait since 'The Sky Is Falling', this has to be his worst book yet, with an utterly predictable, laughable plot and characters that struggle to be even one-dimensional. A few chapters in I found myself wondering if the author had actually written this book himself, or just dictated the plot to his 10 year old nephew and had him write it for him - the writing really is that poor. I wonder if perhaps it's time for Mr Sheldon to hang up his pen and retire from writing gracefully (he is in his late 70's after all), leaving his fans with their memories of the far better work he did in his early career. If you're a Sheldon fan, do yourself a favour, save your 3.99 and re-read one of his earlier books instead. You will gain nothing but disappointment if you buy this book.