Author Guide: Jeffrey Archer Booklist & Blurbs

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This Author Guide for Jeffrey Archer provides a bibliography of Jeffrey Archer's works. Blurbs are also included to help you decide whether his books are for you or not. Blurbs are taken directly from copies of Jeffrey Archer's books as they come available to sell in our eBay Store - Secondhand Bookstore.

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Kane and Abel

Kane and Abel

They had only one thing in common...

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant - two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build an empire.

An unputdownable tale, spanning sixty years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save...and finally destroy...each other.

"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas" Washington Post

The Prodigal Daughter

The Million Copy Bestseller - The magnificent story of love and politics that continues the story of Kane and Abel

The titanic battle between two men obsessed with destroying each other continues into the next generation. Floretyna Rosnovski, Abel's daughter, inherits all her father's desire but none of his wealth. A woman gifted with beauty and spirit, but above all with indomintalbe will, she sets off in pursuit of an ambition that dwarfs even that of Kane and Abel, as she battles for the highest office of all...

Shall We Tell the President?

At the end of The Prodigal Daughter Florentina is elected President - the first woman President of the United States. At 7:30 one evening the FBI learn of a plot to kill her - the 1572nd threat of the year. An hour later five people know all the details - by 9:30 four of them are dead.

FBI agent Mark Andrews alone knows when. He also knows a senator is involved. He has six days to learn where - and how. Six days to prevent the certain death of the President.

COUNTDOWN TO ASSASSINATION

Novels

In the Lap of the Gods

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

One million dollars - that's what Harvey Metcalfe, life-long king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight four men - the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don - find themselves penniless.

But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow Harvey from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the high stakes windows at Ascot. Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost.

To the penny.

First Among Equals

In the 1960's four ambitious new MP's take their seats at Westminster. Over three decades they share the turbulent passions of the race for power with their wives and families, men and women caught up in a dramatic game for the highest stakes of all. But only one man can gain the ultimate goal - the office of Prime Minister...

A Matter of Honour

A Matter of Honour shows best-selling author, Jeffrey Archer, writing at the very height of his compelling powers. Not since John Buchan's The Thrity-Nine Steps has a novel of pursuit and suspense unravelled with such breathtaking pace.

Adam Scott listens to the reading of his father's will, aware that the financial benefit can only be pitiful. The colonel, after all, had nothing to leave - except a letter he had never opened himself, a letter, Adam fears, which can only bring further dishonour to the family name.

Should Adam open the letter and discover what had caused his father to leave the regiment in disgrace and force him to resign his commission? His mother begs him not to, but the moment he does so he realises his life can never be the same again. The contents leave him no choice but to follow a course that his father would have described as "A MATTER OF HONOUR"

Colonel Scott's bequest leads Adam first to A Russian icon of Saint George and the Dragon that had once belonged to the last Tsar, before being left to Colonel Scott himself. Now the Russians want it back, having discovered its secret which could change the balance of world power.

Thus begins a story that no reader will be able to put down until the final page. Jeffrey Archer, author of Kane and Abel and First Among Equals, has achieved his greatest triumph to date.

Old Love

As the Crow Flies

'Monumentally gripping... a compulsive epic' The Mail on Sunday

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow, and when Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps - his burning ambition to own a shop that will sell everything:

'The Biggest Barrow in the World'.

Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies.

But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

'Another classic Archer page-turner... will keep many a flask of midnight oil burning' Daily Mail

'Secrets and their revelations are what his books are all about... A master of the cliff-hanger' The Sunday Times

'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age' The Mail on Sunday

Honour Among Thieves

'Few are more famous than Archer for keeping the pages turning... an extravagant romp - possibly his best' Peter Stothard, Editor, The Times

'A fast moving, ingenious and wildly improbable race against time which few readers will willingly put down before the final page... perfect reading for this year's holidays' Christopher Andrew, Sunday Times

'Back in top form... Archer's imagination at its most sublime... an entertaining, pacey page-turner' Kate Saunders, Sunday Times

'Takes off at the speed of Concorde, leaving the reader panting, with hardly a moment to second-guess the twists ahead' Sandra Howard, Spectator

'A fast-moving intrigue... a cracking good read. This is the first novel I have read by Jeffrey Archer; It will not be the last' Sir Peter de la Billiere, Mail on Sunday

The time, 1993. The place, Washington DC. The President of the United States, George Bush, has been replaced. In London, Margaret Thatcher has been ousted by her own party. In Moscow, Gorbachev has been toppled by forces he could not control. Of the adversaries in the Gulf War, the sole survivor is Saddam Hussein. And Saddam is planning a revenge so diabolical that the United States will be left with no choice but to retaliate.

With the connivance of a Mafia boss, the world's greatest forger and one of the President's Special Assistants, Saddam sets about his plan. Its purpose: the humiliation of the American people.

An unlikely figure finds himself caught up in the middle of this drama - Scott Bradley, a young professor at Yale Law School. Bradley is sent by the CIA on a simple mission to discover why a beautiful young Mossad agent has been dropped into the Iraqi Interest Section of the Jordanian Embassy in Paris, and unexpectedly begins to unravel this extraordinary plot.

Can a Mossad agent and a Yale professor stop Saddam before Independence Day?

In Honour Among Theives Jeffrey Archer has created a novel of intrigue and passion, using people in today's headlines. His unequalled talent for storytelling will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page, asking: did it really happen?

The Proprietors

The Fourth Estate

'His most impressive achievement to date: a story with a grip of steel' Sunday Express

Jeffrey Archer's magnificent new novel tells the story of the two most extraordinary men of our time, lives to which only - 'the greatest story teller of our age' Mail on Sunday - could do justice.

At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seeemed to have little in common. One was the son of an illiterate peasant, who emerged from the most backward corner of a Europe ravaged by a bitter war. The other was raised in a mansion on the far side of the world while the war was just another piece of news.

One was a hustler, a thief, ready to change his story, even his identity, if it would gain him a momentary advantage. The other was the scion of a well-known family, groomed for a public role from his earliest years, a rebel who didn't care if anyone approved of what he got up to.

One craved wealth, recognition, status. The other quickly discovered that real power comes from anonymity. But they did have one thing in common. Both of them were gamblers. Both were prepared to risk everyting in their battle to control the biggest newspaper empire in the world.

'The man's genius... the strength and excitement of the idea carries all before it' Fay Weldon, Evening Standard

The Eleventh Commandment

'A roller-coaster of a book, packed to the margins with twists and turns, genuine thrills and stunning surprises' Daily Mail

'Thrilling... speeds along like a runaway train' Daily Express

'Archer is a terrific storyteller, and meets the reader's ultimate test - to want to turn the page, to want to know what happens next.' Sunday Times

Connor Fitzgerald is the professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. The CIA's most deadly weapon. But for twenty-eight years, he has been leadng a double life. And only days from his retirement, he comes across an enemy even he cannot handle. The enemy is his own boss. And she has only one purpose: to destroy him. 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.

Five months on the Sunday Times bestseller list

Sons of Fortune

False Impression

A Prisoner of Birth

Collections

A Quiver Full of Arrows

Two friends fall under the spell of a New York beauty - with quite unexpected results.

An offhand remark is taken seriously by a Chinese sculptor, and a British diplomat becomes the owner of a priceless work of art.

An insurance claims advisor has a most surprising encounter on the train home to Sevenoaks.

The openings of three of this marvellous collection of stories that ends with a hauntingly-written, atmospheric account of two undergraduates at Oxford in the thirties, a tale of bitter rivalry that ends in a memorable love story.

'Sylish, witty and constantly entertaining... Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories' The Times

A Twist in the Tale

A man calls unexpectedly on his mistress and sees another man leaving her flat. Accusing her of being unfaithful, he quarrels with her, strikes her. She dies.

Leaving unseen, he tips off the police so that the other man is arrested and charged.... Has he achieved The Perfect Murder?

A tantalising opening to A Twist in the Tale

Consider also: a wine-tasting with a bizarre difference, a game of chess with a sexy stranger, a violent row in a golf clubhouse bar, a rivalry founded on eating cornflakes... just some of the openings in this cunningly constructed, fast-moving, entertaining set of stories from the bestselling author of our time.

'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age' Mail on Sunday

The Play's the Thing

Twelve Red Herrings

'Outstanding .... white-knuckle suspense and witty denouements' Daily Express

'There is no arguing with Archer's inventiveness, his drive and his easy, effervescent style' Sunday Telegraph

Jeffrey Archer has been acclaimed as 'probably the greatest storyteller of our age' (Mail Sunday) and 'a storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas' (Washington Post). As a writer of short stories he has been called 'stylish, witty and constantly entertaining' by The Times, while Publishers Weekly wrote: 'Somerset Maugham never penned anything so swift or urbanely witty as this'. This new collection surpasses either of its predecessors, and will enhance Jeffrey Archer's reputation even further.

'Archer hits the bull's eye with an exemplary collection of short stories.' Daily Mail

The Collected Short Stories

Collected together in one volume for the first time, the complete short stories of 'the greatest storyteller of our age' (Mail on Sunday)

Includes all the short stories from:

  • A Quiver Full of Arrows
  • A Twist in the Tale
  • Twelve Red Herrings

A Collection of Short Stories

To Cut a Long Story Short

The Expert Witness and Other Stories

The Grass is Always Greener and Other Stories

Cat O' Nine Tales

Word Play: The Jeffrey Archer Collection

Plays

Willy and the Killer Kipper

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

The Perfect Murder

The Accused

Non-Fiction - Prison Diaries

Hell

Purgatory

Heaven

Non-Fiction Other

The Gospel According to Judas: By Benjamin Iscariot (co-authored)

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