This book was written by Tilly Bagshawe in 2013, six years after Sidney Sheldon died, based on the character Tracy Whitney created by Sheldon.
Sheldon was the author of 18 bestselling novels, all of which I had read when they were first published. I have also read most, if not all, of Tilly Bagshawe’s previous 14 novels. Naturally, I was drawn to this book when I saw it on the library shelf.
Tracy is a typical small town mother, a home-maker devoted to her son Nick. Now going by the name Mrs Schmidt, she was once a computer wizard, cat burglar, jewel thief and con artist known as Tracy Whitney. She thought she had left her reckless past behind her until tragedy struck and she is forced to return to an even more dangerous life.
The story also involves Hunter Drexel, an American journalist, who is kidnapped by Group 99 while doing research. Group 99 is the radical leftist organisation founded in Athens by a group of young Greek scientists who describe themselves as a band of “Robin Hood Hackers” targeting big business interests on behalf of “the dispossessed”. In actual fact, it is a terrorist organisation.
As in Sheldon’s and Bagshawe’s novels that I have read, this novel is filled with suspense. I remember watching movies based on Sidney Sheldon’s novels; so perhaps one day Tilly Bagshawe’s novels (especially those written in the vein of Sheldon) would be made into movies too.