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Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including "And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory" and "False Impression"--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
For thriller fans: all of Archer's stories collected in one volume.
Surprise endings are the stock-in-trade of former Tory MP, current candidate for mayor of London and prolific novelist Archer (The Fourth Estate). These 36 stories, culled from his three previous collections (12 Red Herrings, A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver Full of Arrows), contain many a good yarn in plots that feature numerous trial scenes, business dealings and complicated domestic relationships. Highlights include the suspenseful car chase in "Never Stop on the Motorway"; the snappy intellectual repartee between two rivals that camouflages their deep feelings for each other in "Old Love"; and the sudden twists and turns that ensue when a cuckolded businessman strikes back in "Trial and Error." Not one to shrink from stylistic challenges, Archer ably pulls off a tale of heartbreak in the form of a long letter in "Christina Rosenthal." His take on an entertaining man-meets-woman story in "One Man's Meat... " concocts four different endings that humorously illustrate the very real possibilities one might have to confront in the wake of a chance social encounter. Clever and entertaining, these tales make a good candidate for holiday gift giving. (Dec.)
There isn't a better storyteller alive. "Larry King" Archer is one of the most captivating storytellers writing today. His novels are dramatic, fast moving, totally entertaining--and almost impossible to put down. "Pittsburgh Press" Archer hits the bull's eye with an exemplary collection of short stories. "Daily Mail (London)" Somerset Maugham never penned anything so swift or urbanely witty as this. "Publishers Weekly" A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas Unsurpassed skill making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next. "The Washington Post" Exciting everything a reader could want. Archer offers versatility, laughter, inventive plotting and a gift for characterization. "The Baltimore Sun""