Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

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by Jeffrey Archer, Ronald Searle
     
 

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Cat O’Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer’s trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, some of these thirteen stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including the story of a companySee more details below

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Cat O’Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer’s trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, some of these thirteen stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St Petersburg—with unexpected consequences. The Red King is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English Lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. In another tale of deception, The Commissioner, a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue, after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam. The Perfect Murder reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he’s locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi. In Charity Begins at Home, an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires.
 
And then there is Archer’s favorite, In the Eye of the Beholder, where a handsome star athlete falls in love with a three-hundred-pound woman...who happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy.  Jeffrey Archer is the only author to have topped international bestseller lists with his fiction, non-fiction, and his short stories. Cat O’Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, sad, surprising, and unforgettable.

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From the Publisher

"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." - Los Angeles Times
Larry King

There isn't a better story-teller alive.
The Boston Globe

Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.
The New York Times

Cunning plots, silken style…. Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader.
Time

Archer is a master entertainer.
The Washington Post

A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas…unsurpassed skill…making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312362645
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/12/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
Date of Birth:
April 15, 1940
Education:
Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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