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If Tomorrow Comes Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 1988
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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.
Tracy is a seemingly ordinary woman working an ordinary bank job and about to marry a somewhat ordinary man. But her comfortable life is turned upside down when her mother commits suicide after being financially ruined by a smooth talking New Orleans Mafia man. Tracy embarks on a half cocked plan to get revenge and ends up taking the fall in an insurance swindle and sentenced to an exorbitant amount of time in a Lousiana prison. Tracy will walk into prison an innocent woman and come out an ingenious cat burglar headed for a life she never even imagined. But first she must deal with the men who conspired to murder her mother and send her to prison...
This is a fantastically fun story. Sweeping from the grounds of the Lousiana penitentiary to the luxury of the Orient Express, it takes the reader on a world wide trip of a lifetime, as Tracy becomes the world's most wanted cat burglar. Along the way she meets several colorful characters. Imagining herself a modern day Robin Hood, she is careful to only swindle those who would swindle themselves. The reader will find herself surprised to be rooting on the bad guys, enjoying a vicarious thrill or two, and smiling at the crazy plots Tracy manages to pull off.
This book is a quick, easy beach read and one that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. It's the kind of book you can put on your bookshelf and come back to years later, eager to live and relive Tracy's exciting adventures. Sidney Sheldon is an incomparable author and this book is no exception.
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I can't decide what I think to be honest. It is a somewhat odd book - the first third is almost The Count of Monte Cristo in condensed form, with Tracy Whitney replacing the count. A young and beautiful woman she has the world at her feet until she is falsely imprisoned after being framed by a mafia gang and abandoned by her fiancé. Her first days in prison teach her harsh lessons, and she vows revenge, and I think we're set for an interesting story of redemption.
However, this races along and before you know it, the story turns into Dirty Rotten Scoundrels crossed with To Catch a Thief as Tracy turns into a master criminal & confidence trickster which takes here to glamourous locations around the world. At every turn, and ruthless investigator is on her tail - a man who could have saved her from prison who has his own reasons for wanting to catch her.
Overall this isn't bad - it is well written and keeps you interested. However, I was sort of disappointed - I was quite looking forward to a retelling of the Monte Cristo story in the modern (well modernish) world. That part of the story was wrapped up too quickly for me, and the remainder has a bit too much filler for me.
The events are on occasion harrowing and on others are perhaps a bit far fetched. Sometimes (pelota in the Basque country, flamenco and Majorcan caves) you feel you might be reading an interesting travel guide, though on at least one occasion it errs a bit. The ancient churches of the Netherlands date back to mediaeval rather than "pagan days". And the "picturesque (coastal) village" of Alkmaar is an inland city of 95,000 people (with a well known football team). On the other hand we are spared explicit sex scenes and schmaltz, except briefly towards the end.
All in all this is a very good read. I found it hard to put down.
You have to read the book to find out.
I marked If Tomorrow Comes 5 stars. Because the quality of the story is the same as 15 years ago. It is only me who has changed. Which will not prevent me from checking more Kindle titles from the well missed Sidney Sheldon. I have read most of them in paperbacks long time ago and it is time for a re-read.
edited to correct typos.
I have to say though that I really enjoyed this, the characters were good and there were twists and turns a plenty and I was intrigued by how many of the crimes were committed.
I enjoyed it to such an extent that I am just about to download more by this author.
After suddenly being released, the reason I'll let you find out, she went on a one woman revenge spree going onto thieving the things people thought could not be stolen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 was because some of it was beyond belief that she got away with it.
I must start to re read all the ones I loved all those years ago.