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Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection TELL TALE, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus , whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the 1930's woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour.

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.


Author Notes

Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940, in London, England. After graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford, he founded his own company named Arrow Enterprises and promptly amassed a fortune. In 1969, he was elected to the House of Commons. A conservative Member of Parliament, he was, at the age of 29, the youngest member at that time. While in Parliament, he invested in a corporation and lost his fortune because of embezzlement. Devastated and facing financial ruin, he recounted his experiences in his book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. The success of this book launched his writing career.

His other works include Kane and Abel, Honor among Thieves, Shall We Tell the President?, A Quiver Full of Arrows, The Prodigal Daughter, and The Sins of the Father. He is also the author of The Clifton Chronicles series. He writes plays including Beyond Reasonable Doubt and The Accused. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment because of perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and was released in July 2003. He published three volumes of his Prison Diary: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. In 2014, his title Be Careful What You Wish For made The New York Times Bestseller List. In 2015 his title Mightier than the Sword made the same bestsller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Fresh off Archer's hit multivolume Clifton Chronicles comes this collection of 13 short stories the shortest of them coming in at exactly 100 words, and more than half of them based on real incidents Archer learned about on his travels. All of the stories spotlight the author's gifts for creating fully fleshed characters and absorbing plots in lean, efficient prose. Among the offerings, there's a story about a devious stamp collector; an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery with more than 1,400 suspects; a clever look at the genius of Shakespeare (with a debate about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays); a tale of a love triangle set during WWII; a neat little story about a budding writer who hitches a ride from an elderly man (with a surprising twist at the end); and a heartrending tale about a man whose wife has been cheating on him. All are written with Archer's keen eye for time and place, and his keen ear for dialogue. Another reminder that Archer is as accomplished at writing short stories as he is at writing long-form fiction.--Pitt, David Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Best-selling author Archer's travels over the past decade inspired this new collection of 13 unpretentious tales. A young detective from Naples struggles to arrest the mayor's murderer in an Italian hill town in "Who Killed the Mayor?" "A Gentleman and a Scholar" revolves around a challenge that Yale students throw at the school's first female professor: to identify random quotes from William Shakespeare's works. The industrious protagonist of "The Car Park Attendant" gets rich, slowly but surely, while the American lit major in "A Wasted Hour" hitches a ride with John Steinbeck. In "The Holiday of a Lifetime," a vacationing couple purposely misplace their luggage in order to cash in on an insurance claim. VERDICT As with Archer's previous collection, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, this new volume again demonstrates the author's talent for captivating his readers with engaging characters and clever plot twists. [See Prepub Alert, 3/13/17.]-Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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