Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976)
The conned: an Oxford don, a revered
society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord.
They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his
life's fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe. A brilliant,
self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted
With nothing left to lose four
strangers are about to come together -- each expert in their own field.
Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and penny-for-penny,
destroy him. From the luxurious casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes
windows at Ascot to the bustling streets of Wall Street to fashionable
London galleries, their own ingenious game has begun. It's called revenge
-- and they were taught by a master.
A Quiver Full of Arrows (1982)
First Among Equals (1984)
Charles Seymour, second-born son, will
never be the earl like his father, but he did inherit his mother's
strength -- and the will to realize his destiny... Simon Kerslake's father
sacrificed everything to make sure his son's dreams come true. Now it is
Simon's chance to rise as high as those dreams allow... Ray Gould was born
to the back streets but raised with pride -- a quality matched by a sharp
intellect and the desire to attain the impossible... Andrew Fraser was
raised by a soccer hero turned politician. Now it's his turn for heroics,
whatever the cost.
From strangers to rivals, four men
embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all -- the keys to No. 10
Downing Street. Unfolding over three decades, their honor will be tested,
their loyalties betrayed, and their love of family and country challenged.
But in a game where there is a first among equals, only one can triumph.
A Matter of Honor (1986)
It seems innocent enough. A disgraced
British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the
moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a
deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the
Within days, Adam's lover is
brutally murdered and he's running for his life through the great cities
of Europe, pursued not only by the KGB, but by the CIA and his own
countrymen as well. Their common intent is to kill him before the truth
comes out. While powerful men in smoke-filled rooms plot ever more
ingenious means of destroying him, Adam finds himself betrayed and
abandoned even by those he holds most dear.
When at last he comes to
understand what he is in possession of, he's even more determined to
protect it, for it's more than a matter of life and death -- it's a matter
As the Crow Flies (1991)
Growing up in the slums of East End London,
Charlie Trumper dreams of someday running his grandfather's fruit and
vegetable barrow. That day comes suddenly when his grandfather dies
leaving him the floundering business. With the help of Becky Salmon, an
enterprising young woman, Charlie sets out to make a name for himself as
"The Honest Trader". But the brutal onset of World War I takes Charlie far
from home and into the path of a dangerous enemy whose legacy of evil
follows Charlie and his family for generations.
Encompassing three continents and
spanning over sixty years, As the Crow Flies brings to life a magnificent
tale of one man's rise from rags to riches set against the backdrop of a
A Twist in the Tale (1991)
Twelve Red Herrings (1994)
Honour Among Thieves (1995)
Spring 1994, Washington, D.C. -- While the
Clinton Administration grapples with its domestic policies, a sinister
plot is being masterminded six thousand miles away in Baghdad. By using
$100 million as bait and spinning a deadly web of corruption, forgery, and
terror, Saddam Hussein seeks to embarrass the U.S. with the ultimate
revenge: to steal a treasured historical document and then destroy it
before the world's media -- on July 4, 1994.
As the countdown to Independence
Day begins, two agents stand in the way of his nearly flawless plan: Scott
Bradley, a rising star in the CIA who is desperate to prove his
patriotism, and Hannah Kopec, the stunning Mossad operative who has
already lost so much that she fears nothing and trusts no one. Their
unrelenting quest to prevent what would undoubtedly be the most
humiliating day in U.S. history takes them across four continents and
climaxes in a dramatic, triple-twist ending.
Ingeniously plotted and as
up-to-the-minute as today's headlines,
Honour Among Thieves resonates with the brilliant pace that is the
trademark of master storyteller Jeffrey Archer.
The Fourth Estate (1996)
Lubji Hoch breaks the bonds of his humble beginnings as the son of
an illiterate Jewish peasant, escapes the Nazis, changes his name to
Richard Armstrong, becomes a decorated officer in the British army, and
ultimately finds himself in Berlin, where his sharp mind and killer
instincts win him the opportunity to head up a floundering newspaper. As
rival papers in the city fail in the wake of his ruthlessness, he
nonetheless yearns to move on to even greater things.
On the other side of the world, in
Australia, Keith Townsend, son of a millionaire newspaper owner, is being
groomed to follow in his father's footsteps. Private schools, an Oxford
degree, and a position at a London newspaper lead him up to the time of
his father's death, when he takes over the family business. His energy and
brilliant strategic thinking quickly make him the leading newspaper
publisher in Australia. Yet he too longs to move on to the world stage.
As both Armstrong and Townsend seize
control of everything they see, their ambitions collide on a global scale.
But suddenly they both find themselves threatened by finicial disaster and
enormous debt. Frantic to save his crumbling empire, each man turns
desperate. One's quest will lead to triumph, the other's will end in
tragedy in this awesome tale of wealth and corruption, desire and
Estate is the timely and compelling story of two men who, though they come
from totally different backgrounds, stand face-to-face on the highest
precipice, prepared to risk everything to beat each other and control the
biggest media empire in the world.
The Eleventh Commandment (1998)
Connor Fitzgerald is the professional's professional. Holder of the
Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. The CIA's most
deadly weapon. But for the past 28 years, Fitzgerald has been leading a
double life. And only days from his retirement from the Agency, he comes
across an enemy even he cannot handle. The enemy is his own boss, helen
Dexter, the Director of the CIA. And she has only one purpose: to destroy
Meanwhile, the United States is faced
with an equally formidable foe: a new Russian President, determined to
force a military confrontation between the two superpowers. Ranging from
the Oval Office in the White House to a Russian Mafia boss's luxurious
hideaway outside St Petersburg, The
Eleventh Commandment sets new standards in contemporary thriller
writing. Jeffrey Archer scoops his readers up in the first paragraph, and
doesn't let them go until the last. The pace, the ingenuity, the twists,
intertwined with a moving love story, show Britain's bestselling writer at
the peak of his page-turning powers.
The Collected Short Stories (1998)
To Cut a Long Story Short (2000)
Sons of Fortune (2003)
Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns
with a powerful tale of twins separated by fate and reunited by destiny.
It is Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's, and a set of twins is
separated at birth by a desperate nurse. Nat Cartwright goes home with his
parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman. But his twin brother
is to begin his days as Fletcher Andrew Davenport, son of a wealthy CEO
and his society wife. During the years that follow, the two brothers grow
up unaware of each other's existence. Nat leaves college at the University
of Connecticut to serve in Vietnam. Returning a war hero, he finishes
school and goes on to become a successful bank executive. Fletcher,
meanwhile, has graduated from Yale University and distinguishes himself as
a criminal defence lawyer before he is elected a senator. As their lives
unfold, both men are confronted with tragedy and betrayal, loss and
hardship, all the time overcoming life's obstacles to become the men they
are destined to be. In the tradition of Jeffrey Archer's most popular
books, SONS OF FORTUNE is as much a chronicle of a nation in transition as
it is the story of the making of these two men - and how, eventually, they
come to find each other...
An engrossing tale of a missing masterpiece, False Impression
is Jeffrey Archer's 12th novel. In
False Impression, his love and
knowledge of the art world resonates on every page, and, although it spans
days, not decades, this novel still captures the epic sweep of Jeffrey's
The tale unfolds in New York,
where Anna Petrescu is missing, presumed dead, after 9/11. She uses her
new status to escape from America, only to be pursued across the world
from Toronto to London, to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bucharest as she tries to
find answers to the following questions:
Why was an aristocratic old lady
brutally murdered in her English country home the night before 9/11?
Why was a successful New York
banker not surprised to receive a woman's left ear in the morning post?
Why did a top Manhattan lawyer
only work for one client, but never charge a fee?
Why was an Olympic gymnast paid
a million dollars an assignment, when she didn't have a bank account?
Why was an Honours graduate
working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune?
Why was an English Countess
ready to kill the banker, the lawyer, and the gymnast, even if it meant
spending the rest of her life in jail?
Why was a Japanese steel magnate
happy to hand over $50,000,000 to a woman he had only met once?
Why was a senior FBI agent
trying to work out what the connection was between these eight
apparently innocent individuals?
It will take all the resources of
the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between this seemingly
disparate cast of characters. The one thing they all have in common is Van
Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear. Full of twists and
turns and heart-stopping intrigue, False Impression
is guaranteed to pull you into its cleverly constructed web and
not let you go until the final page.
Kane & Abel (1979)
The compulsive story of two powerful men linked by
an all-consuming hatred, from a number 1 bestselling author.
William Lowell Kane and Abel
Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless
polish immigrant -- born on the same day near the turn of the century on
opposite sides of the world -- are brought together by fate and the quest
of a dream. Two men -- ambitious, powerful, ruthless -- are locked in a
relentless struggle to build an empire, fuelled by their all-consuming
hatred. Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage,
fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph
that only one man can have...
The Prodigal Daughter (1982)
With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna
Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of
America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to
be the first female president.
Golden boy Richard Kane was born
into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful,
handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world -- and to
build a future with the woman he loves.
With Florentyna's ultimate goal
only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of
power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the
past -- a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy
everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.
Shall We Tell the President (1978)
6 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes to go ...
At the end of
The Prodigal Daughter, Florentyna
Kane is elected President - the first woman President of the United
States. After decades of struggle, sacrifice, and personal tragedy, she
has finally attained her goal. Yet even as she gives her inaugural speech,
those who oppose her are plotting to silence her forever.
At 7.30 p.m. one evening the FBI learn
of a plot to kill her - the 1,572nd such threat of the year. At 8.30 p.m.,
five people know all the details. By 9.30 p.m., four of them are dead.
Only one man, FBI agent Mark Andrews,
knows when the assassins will strike, and even he doesn't know where, how,
or most importantly, who they are. He has only six days to track down the
senator at the heart of the cold-blooded conspiracy. Six days in which he
can waste no time, leave no trail, and trust no one. Six days to prevent
certain death of the President.
One wrong word, one false move, and both
a nation and a dream will crumble.
On July 19, 2001, following a
conviction for perjury, Jeffrey was sentenced to four years in prison.
Prisoner FF8282, as he was known, spent the first three weeks in the
notorious HMP Belmarsh, a high-security prison in South London, home to
murderers, terrorists and some of Britain's most violent criminals.
On the last day of the trial, his mother dies, and the
world's press accompany him to the funeral. On returning to prison, he's
placed on the lifer's wing, where a cellmate sells his story to the
tabloids. Prisoners and guards routinely line up outside his cell to ask
for his autograph, to write letters, and to seek advice on their appeals.
For 22 days, Jeffrey was locked in a cell with a murderer
and a drug baron. He decided to use that time to write an hour-by-hour
diary, detailing the worst three weeks of his life.
When A Prison Diary was published in England, it was
condemned by the prison authorities and praised by the critics.
DAY 5 MONDAY 23 JULY 2001 5.53AM 'The sun is
shining through the bars of my window on what must be a glorious summer
day. I've been incarcerated in a cell five paces by three for twelve and
a half hours, and will not be let out again until midday; eighteen and a
half hours of solitary confinement. There is a child of seventeen in the
cell below me who has been charged with shoplifting - his first offence,
not even convicted - and he is being locked up for eighteen and a half
hours, unable to speak to anyone. This is Great Britain in the
twenty-first century, not Turkey, not Nigeria, not Kosovo, but Britain.'
On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks,
Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the
first twenty-two days and fourteen hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double
A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of
Britain 's most violent criminals. This is the author's daily record of
the time he spent there.
On August 9, 2001, 22 days after Jeffrey -- now known as Prisoner FF8282
-- was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury, he was transferred
from a maximum security prison in London to HMP Wayland, a medium
security prison in Norfolk. For the next 67 days, as he waited to be
reclassified for an "open," minimum security prison, he encountered not
only the daily degradations of a dangerously overstretched prison system
but also the spirit and courage of his fellow inmates.
Jeffrey's final volume in his trilogy of prison
diaries covers the period of his transfer from a medium security prison,
HMP Wayland, to his eventual release on parole in July 2003. It includes
a shocking account of the traumatic time he spent in the notorious
Lincoln jail and the events that led to his incarceration there, and
also shines a harsh light on a system that is close to its breaking
Told with humour, compassion and
honesty, the diary closes with a thought-provoking manifesto that should
be applauded by reform advocates and the prison population alike.
This collection of 12 short stories will draw you
into each story, whether it is "Old Love", the tale of two undergraduates
at Oxford in the '30s and their bitter rivalry that ends in a memorable
love story or "Broken Routine", which tells of an insurance claim advisor
and his surprising encounter on the train home to Sevenoaks, or "Henry's
Hiccup", the story of The Grand Pasha and how his plans for the most
perfect honeymoon go awry.
From The Grand Pasha to a British diplomat in China; a backgammon
match to a one night stand, these stories will take you on a tour of
ancient heirlooms and modern romance, of cutthroat business and kindly
strangers, of lives lived in the realms of power and lives freed from the
gloom of oppression. Fortunes are made and squandered, honour betrayed and
redeemed, and love lost and rediscovered.
This intricate web of tales prove that Jeffrey really is the master of
A Twist In The Tale (1989)
No one can weave a web of suspense, deliver a jolt
of surprise, or teach a lesson in living like bestselling author Jeffrey
Archer. From Africa to the Middle East, and from London to Beijing, Archer
takes us to places we've never seen and introduces us to people we'll
Meet the philandering husband who thinks he's committed the perfect
murder; the self-assured chess champion who plays a beautiful woman for
stakes far higher than cash; and the finance minister who needs to crack
the secrets of a Swiss bank. Jeffrey Archer's collection of twelve
spellbinding stories will sweep you on a journey of thwarted ambition,
undying passion, and unswerving honour that you'll never forget.
Twelve Red Herrings (1994)
Expect the unexpected...
A wrongly convicted murderer
exacts a flawless plan of revenge... Headlights in a rear-view mirror tail
a female traveller on a lonely stretch of road... A serial bride secures
her future by marrying only the wealthiest of men... An escaped Iraqi with
a price on his head pays an involuntary visit to his homeland... A brush
with death proves the biggest break of an aspiring artist's career...Two
strangers, struck by lust-at-first-sight, consider a myriad of
possibilities for where the day will take them.
... and you'll still be surprised.
Because nothing is what it seems.
The Collected Short Stories (1997)
Millions of readers around the world have relished
Jeffrey Archer's short stories. Now, for the first time, all three
collections are gathered together in one handsome volume.
To Cut a Long Story Short (2000)
From the master storyteller comes a masterful
collection of 14 riveting tales of elaborate confidence tricks, political
chicanery, immoral behavior, and dangerously illicit affairs, rendered
with the breathtaking narrative twists that have become the Jeffrey Archer
Cat O' Nine Tales (2006) with Ronald Searle
O' Nine Tales is the fifth
collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller.
These yarns are ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and
deliciously unexpected conclusions, plus the added bonus of colour
illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle.
Jeffrey wrote his first play in 1987, following
the General Election. It ran at the Queen's Theatre in London's West End
for over 600 performances, with Frank Finlay and Wendy Craig in the lead
Accused of the wilful murder of
his terminally ill wife, Sir David Metcalf finds himself locked in legal
combat with his old rival, Anthony Blair-Booth QC. After a tense and
gripping courtroom scene, Act I ends just as we are about to hear the
jury's verdict. Act 11 takes us back in time to the fateful night of Lady
Metcalfe's death and ends with a surprising twist.
Jeffrey's second play, which he wrote in 1989, ran
at the Strand Theatre for 100 performances, and starred Paul Scofield,
Eileen Atkins and Alec McCowen. This play is no longer available for
The Accused (2000)
is a tense courtroom drama with a difference. The audience will act as the
jury, as if they were in the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey. You
will have to decide...Did Dr Sherwood murder his wife? Was Jennifer
Mitchell his mistress? Which of his alibis should you believe?
The choice will keep you on the
edge of your seats, and at the end of the trial you will be invited to
deliver your verdict of guilty or not guilty. Once you have made that
decision the play will continue - with one of two different endings,
depending on your verdict. Only then will you finally discover the truth.
was presented by Lee Menzies at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London on 5
December 2000, having received its world premiere perfomance at the
Theatre Royal, Windsor, on 26 September, 2000. The play also starred
Edward Petherbridge, Michael Feast and Tony Britton, with Jeffrey taking
on his first West End role
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