Fanny Thornton, the proud matriarch of the Thornton dynasty, will do anything for her family. Her four children, now grown, mean everything to her, as does Babylon, the most dazzling casino in Las Vegas and the Thorntons' crowning achievement. But her children have dispersed across the globe, and so she chooses Jeff, the illegitimate son of her ...
Fanny Thornton, the proud matriarch of the Thornton dynasty, will do anything for her family. Her four children, now grown, mean everything to her, as does Babylon, the most dazzling casino in Las Vegas and the Thorntons' crowning achievement. But her children have dispersed across the globe, and so she chooses Jeff, the illegitimate son of her deceased husband, to run the casino. But Jeff has plans of his own, and soon devises a scheme to turn Fanny's four children against her. As the siblings vie for their rightful heritage, deceit, distrust, and thwarted dreams of power threaten to divide the Thorntons once and for all.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-08-25 Who will run the Babylon casino? That's the millions-of-dollars question in the thin final volume in Michaels's Vegas trilogy. Fanny Coleman Thornton Reed, clan matriarch and widow of Babylon-builder Ash Thornton, thinks she has the matter in hand. Her son Sage despises the casino life; his twin, Birch, is in South America; daughter Sunny is incapacitated by multiple sclerosis while daughter Billie is running her own design business. So control will pass to Ash's illegitimate son, Jeff Lassiter, whom Fanny has embraced as family. Then Birch returns, unannounced, with his scheming new wife, Celia, and the jackpot spills trouble. The Thorntons may run the flashiest casino in Vegas, but they work like Calvinists, espouse family values and dress down. After three years in the jungles of Costa Rica with Birch, Celia wants some clothes, for heaven's sake, and she is instantly cast as the whore of Babylon. Alas, we do not really care who wins the day. The good guys are sanctimonious, the bad guys merely annoying. Out of the whole sprawling clan only Sunny is truly lovable, and she is reduced to a poster child for MS. As Michaels finds a man for Fanny, only Vegas addicts are likely to hang around for the payoff. (Oct.)
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