June 28, 1999 12:00 PM

Jackie Collins

When we last left Lucky Santangelo in 1997’s Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge, the seductive Mafia princess turned Hollywood studio boss had just foiled a takeover bid and a kidnapping-and-murder attempt by a rival Sicilian family. Now Lucky, who has starred in four of Jackie Collins’s 17 best-selling potboilers, says she’s ready to give up her career to be a stay-at-home mom. As if! The street-smart sexpot has barely stepped down when teenage thugs kill her half brother’s wife and shoot her husband, Lennie. Lucky helps him bounce back from a deep depression while she hunts down the murderers on the side; she even comes to the rescue of goddaughter Brigette, the supermodel and heiress, who has been abducted by a gold-digging Italian count. As always, Collins sets up a maze of subplots and, like a magician spinning plates on sticks, manages to keep everything in the air until the slam-bang finale. (Simon & Schuster, $25)

Bottom Line: Lucky in love, Lucky in war—a winning sequel

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