The dust jacket notes for Sidney Sheldon’s If Tomorrow Comes describe the book’s heroine as a “lovely” and “idealistic” young woman “framed” into a 15-year prison sentence.
Actually, Tracy Whitney buys a gun with deliberate intent to make New Orleans mob boss “pay for killing [her] mother,” who committed suicide.
Although her shot doesn’t kill the mobster, Tracy goes to jail, proving to her (and any mindless moron reading the novel) that the legal system is rigged against the innocent.
Moments before her carefully planned jail break, Tracy—who can’t swim—jumps into a lake to save a drowning child.
The publicity results in her being released before serving even a tenth of her sentence.
Once free, Tracy tries to go back to her old job in a bank. To her shock, the bank refuses to hire a convicted felon to work in its data processing department.
She does the only reasonable thing: She turns thief, using her “intelligence and beauty” to prey on bad, rich people.
Tracy meets a man her equal in intelligence, good looks, and pursuit of the thrill of profit-by-deception.
Sheldon manages to make this totally implausible story of a pair of amoral rascals as irresistible as a two-pound box of truffles.
If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
Morrow. ©1985. 403 p.
1985 bestseller #4; my grade: C
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