Picks and Pans Review: The Best Laid Plans

updated 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Sidney Sheldon

Oliver Russell is a brilliant Kentucky attorney as ambitious as he is handsome. Leslie Stewart is a beautiful advertising executive who learned early on that "if you're beautiful and have a brain and a vagina, you can own the world." And that pretty much sums up the level of character development in Sidney Sheldon's 15th book, which reads less like a novel than a treatment for the miniseries it will inevitably become.

The premise could have been fun: Left standing at the altar by Oliver—who jump-starts his political career by wedding the daughter of a powerful U.S. senator instead—Leslie devotes her life to getting revenge on him. But the book is too full of disjointed characters and silly implausibilities to ever really come together.

As always, Sheldon, still sharp at 80, shows a talent for hooking readers, and if you venture too far into Plans, you'll probably be up late flipping the pages. You just may not respect yourself in the morning. (Morrow, $25)

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