The Best Laid Plans is a dazzling display of Sidney Sheldon’s cinematic flair.
The story is about Leslie Stewart, a PR and marketing genius who is smart, young, sexy, and ambitious, and Oliver Russell, the governor of Kentucky who is young, sexy, ambitious, but not nearly as smart as Leslie.
He’s also a drug addict.
When Oliver comes looking for PR help, he and Leslie become lovers.
Oliver finds a mentor in a Kentucky’s Senator Davis who sees his JFK-like charisma, properly managed, could take him to the White House.
Senator Davis is just the man to do the managing. That means tying Oliver closely to himself.
Leslie has no mentor, but she doesn’t need one. What she doesn’t learn by observation, she learns by doing research. She turns into a Katherine Graham-type power figure.
When Oliver abandons her for the Senator’s daughter, Leslie knows the best way to get back at him is to ruin his political career.
Sheldon’s story has no depth and it has mountains of implausibilities—where does Leslie get her money?—but all the main characters have enough real-world counterparts to keep readers on the edge of their chairs right up to the dramatic ending.