A friend handed me Sidney Sheldon's The Best Laid Plans. She said, "This should take your mind off the election." She went on to say the writing is "so-so" and the story is "loose." She described it as a quick read thriller. I read many of Sheldon's books in my late teens on the bus, to and from college. This book demonstrated the author's talent for weaving a masterful tale through a maze of sharp twists and turns, only to to slap you in the face with an unexpected ending. This is a fast read. The format is good for reading on trains, buses, in the airport, or on a plane. It didn't take my mind off the election, but it was interesting to read his book many decades later and evaluate his technique.