The Best Laid Plans is a crime-suspense novel by the thriller author Sidney Sheldon. This book was first published in 1997. Like any other Sheldon work, though it is not considered to be literature grandeur, it is highly entertaining. As a great storyteller, Sheldon built the plot and characters with exciting and sometimes unpredictable twists and turns.
This is a novel about love, jealousy, treachery, crime, and revenge, which take place in the world of politics and media business as the stage. Oliver Russell is a man hungry for power and is about to rise to be the President of the United States. In doing so, he has betrayed his fiancée, Leslie Stewart. Burnt with vengeance on the betrayal of the man she used to love, Leslie pads her way to get to Oliver who marries another woman. Leslie gains herself fame and builds her media empire and assembles all her force to destroy Russell at the night of his triumph. However, blinded by her own scheme to foil Oliver from winning the Presidency campaign for a second term, Leslie doesn’t realize that she is heading into her own trap.
Amzon.com Editorial Review:
The latest from the indefatigable Sheldon is full of manipulators, dirty dealers, and dastardly rascals, all snatching at power--political, financial, sexual, or all the above; in other words, business as usual in Sidney's World. The Best Laid Plans begins with the meeting and mating of Oliver Russell, a promising young attorney-cum-gubernatorial candidate, and Leslie Stewart, the beautiful go-getter who is running his public relations campaign. Just as the pair is about to be wed, Russell's mentor, Senator Todd Davis, offers him a deal he can't refuse: marry my daughter and I will make you president. Russell accepts and Stewart vows revenge. The lion's share of The Best Laid Plans revolves around the young pol's rise to power and Stewart's byzantine plotting to bring him to grief. Russell gives his phony wife plenty of opportunities because, like every fictional president (and some real ones), Russell has an unruly libido. Reading this book is like waiting for a train wreck, bracing for the inevitable collision; but to Sheldon's credit, the titanic scandal that ends the novel is not quite what you expect.
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