Signet, August 2002, 6.99, 416 pp.
On Rodeo Drive famous director and producer Maggie goes into Guess and meets drop-dead gorgeous salesman Max Janson. She takes him home to her bed and he stars in her next big movie in which he becomes an overnight sensation. They remain lovers and friends until he met ingénue Kristen Caulfield who steals his heart.
They try to keep their feelings in check but Maggie knows something is going on between them. Maggie's stepmother Nicole wants Max and will stop at nothing to get him. Bruce Borgie who works on the props is in love with Kristen and is intensely jealous of Max. In Telluride, Colorado, Max is hand gliding when a prop gun shoots him with two bullets and his glider rips as if somebody sabotaged it. The police have plenty of suspects who had a motive to kill Max but only one person had the guts to carry out the diabolical scheme.
Thom Racina is known for his many thrillers but his latest work is something a little different. It is aimed for a Jackie Collins audience and it succeeds admirably. The characters, both villain and innocent alike are simple to understand making it easy for the audience to feel a rapport between them. NEVER FORGET may be Collins-light, but is a novel that will not be forgotten by readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner