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If Tomorrow Comes Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 1988
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If you can overlook Tracy's criminal life and the joy she takes in it, you'll love this book. It describes in minute detail how she manages to steal from the most securely-guarded museums, stores, and homes in Europe. There is humor, too, as Tracy and her pal Jeff merrily bounce from caper to caper, outsmarting the authorities and narrowly escaping capture. Another great Sidney Sheldon page-turner!
After a miraculous pardon Tracy is no longer naive and sets out to destroy the influential and powerful people who put her in jail. Using her beauty and native cunning, by the middle of the book she quickly achieves her objectives. Then she is faced with the rest of her life being tarnished by her prison record, until she makes contact with someone highly recommended by her best friend and mentor from her prison cell.
Tracy then starts her second career as a jewel thief, mixing with the cream of society and only stealing from those that can afford the loss. She soon confronts Jeff Stevens, an irresistible rogue and con artist, who frequently beats her in taking from the same targets. There are shades of "To Catch a Thief" in the plot.
This is classic Sidney Sheldon with fast moving page-turning action and a strong-willed heroine. Sheldon is quoted as saying "I try to construct them so when the reader gets to the end of it, he or she has to read just one more chapter. It's the technique of the old Saturday afternoon serial: leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter."
The book is over 30 years old but the storyline and writing are not dated. Highly recommended for someone who likes books about strong willed females facing impossible odds.
The protagonist, Tracy Whitney, starts off so mind-numbingly stupid that it goes beyond the limits of plausibility when she later becomes a mastermind. Then again, it's not so much that she's intelligent, but that her adversaries are complete idiots. Early on, for instance, when she breaks into a house and trips the alarm, she simply tells the cops that she's a guest at the house -- and they believe her. We are meant to take this incident as a mark of her ingenuity. When "she fights back to destroy the untouchable crime lords who put her there," as it says in the book's description, you wonder how they ever rose to power, as she disposes of them with the kind of ease you'd expect from an episode of a 1980s television show. Perhaps I should say DAYTIME television show, because many of the details -- from the characters' names to their sudden mastery of French accents -- come off as soapy. The book is simply ridiculous.
The whole time I was reading it, I kept exclaiming out loud to my bf that "this is like reading 'Hart to Hart'!" Just before posting this review, I looked up the show online -- and guess what? Turns out, it was created by Sidney Sheldon! Why am I even surprised?
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A story that will have you rooting for the underdog and also wanting to see how she can overcome the obstacles placed before herPublished 28 days ago by Cedrick
Loved the Book. Sidney Shelton is great. You are swept up in all the action and cant put it down.Published 1 month ago by Lynn Dennis
I read anything this author writes. He is my favorite. All of his books are page turners. Romance, action, suspense. You get it all with his books.Published 1 month ago by Me
a book that's hard to put down once you read the first few chapters. loved this book and would highly recommend it for a book club readPublished 2 months ago by angi schneider
Very revealing and some times shocking story that makes you support whatever the evolving subject must do to resolve her life conflicts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
All Sidney Sheldon's book are good. I have been reading them for the last 40 years.Published 3 months ago by Marie Gaglio