Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Jeffrey Archer's Short Stories

"A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas. . . Unsurpassed skill…making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next."

—-The Washington Post

"There isn't a better story-teller alive."

—-Larry King

"Archer is a master entertainer."

—-Time

"Archer is a terrific story-teller, and meets the reader's ultimate tests—-to want to turn the page to see what happens next."

—-Sunday Times, London

"Probably the greatest storyteller of our age."

—-Mail on Sunday, London

"Jeffrey Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius."

—-Daily Telegraph, London

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

—-The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312949228
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 619,589
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 7.45 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords, and two in Her Majesty’s prisons, which spawned three volumes of highly acclaimed Prison Diaries. All of his novels and short-story collections—-including Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, and most recently False Impression—-have been international bestsellers, selling over 125 million copies worldwide. Archer is married with two children and lives in London and Cambridge.

Biography

Few contemporary writers can lay claim to as many career highs and lows as Jeffrey Archer -- bestselling novelist, disgraced politician, British peer, convicted perjurer, and former jailbird. And whether you view his misfortunes as bad luck or well-deserved comeuppance depends largely on how you feel about this gregarious, fast-talking force of nature.

Born in London and raised in Somerset, Archer attended Wellington School and worked at a succession of jobs before being hired to teach Physical Education at Dover College. He gained admission to Brasenose College at Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a first-class sprinter and a tireless promoter, famously inveigling the Beatles into supporting a fundraising drive he spearheaded on behalf of the then-obscure charity Oxfam.

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued work as a fundraiser and ran successfully for political office. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 but was forced to step down in 1974 when he lost his fortune in a fraudulent investment scheme. He turned to writing in order to stave off bankruptcy. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was published in 1976 and became an instant hit. It was followed, in quick succession, by a string of bestsellers, including his most famous novel, Kane and Abel (1979), which was subsequently turned into a blockbuster CBS-TV miniseries.

On the strength of his literary celebrity, Archer revived his political career in 1985, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The following year he was forced to resign over a scandal involving payment to a London prostitute. (He admitted paying the money, but denied vehemently that it was for sex.) In 1987, he sued a British tabloid for libel and was awarded damages in the amount of 500,000 pounds.

Despite the adverse publicity, Queen Elizabeth (acting on the advice of Prime Minister John Major) awarded Archer a life peerage in 1992. The Conservative Party selected him to run for Mayor of London in the 2000 election, but he withdrew from the race when perjury charges were brought against him in the matter of the 1987 libel trial. In 2001, he was convicted and served half of a four-year prison term. (He turned the experience into three bestselling volumes of memoir!) Since his release, Lord Archer has expressed no interest in returning to public office, choosing instead to concentrate on charity work and on his writing career.

Controversy has dogged Archer most of his adult life. Claims still circulate that he falsified his paperwork to gain entrance to Oxford; and, at various other times, he has been accused of shoplifting, padding expenses, insider trading, misappropriation of funds, and financing a failed coup d'état against a foreign government. Needless to say, all this has kept him squarely in the sights of the British tabloids.

Yet, for all the salacious headlines and in spite of lukewarm reviews, Archer remains one of Britain's most popular novelists. His books will never be classified as great literature, but his writing is workmanlike and he has never lost his flair for storytelling. In addition to his novels, he has also written short stories and plays. Clearly, in "art," as in life, Jeffrey Archer has proved himself an affable survivor.

Good To Know

Archer was once a competitive runner and represented Great Britain in international competition.

Regarding the sex scandal that ultimately landed her husband in prison, Lady Mary Archer, the author's wife of 35 years, told reporters that she was "cross" with her husband but that "we are all human and Jeffrey manages to be more human than most. I believe his virtues and talents are also on a larger scale."

The prison where Archer was transferred for carrying out his perjury sentence in October 2001 is a "low security" jail on the Lincolnshire coast, a facility known for raising high-quality pork. According to one authority, "It is considered to be a cushy little place."

After his "fall from grace," Archer counted former Conservative PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major among his many loyal supporters.

In the 1980s, Archer and his wife, Mary, purchased the Old Vicarage, Grantchester, a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke.
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    1. Hometown:
      London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1940
    1. Education:
      Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    Enjoyed some of the stories

    I love Jeffrey Archer's writing - don't think a lot of him as a person - but as an author - WOW! I always look forward especially for a new short story book from him because they are my favorite. This whole book disappointed me. Although, I would give 5 stars for the last story 'The Eye of the Beholder'. Now there is the author I enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    excellent tales

    These excellent tales will be on everyone short list for crime caper anthology of the year. Jeffrey Archer says that nine of the original stories were based on contributions from cell mates while the other three came after the author¿s release from prison. All twelve tales are strong entries especially since the reader does not know until finishing the story whether crime pays in ill gotten gains or with prison time. Ronald Searle¿s drawings enhance the stories, but it is clearly the writing ¿Maestro¿ who makes this a winning short story collection with several especially the fascinating 'It Can't Be October Already' deserving consideration for Nebulas.----------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Fireclaw

    Red fur; golden eyes; personality: nice, loyal, and caring, until he has to protect someone, then he will fight to the end; no mate; parents: gleamingstar and thunderstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Sleekpaw

    Name Sleekpaw. Age eleven moons. Appearence brown/black tabby. Skill apprentice. Can hunt. Athletic. Btw I like the idea of having our own clans because it is a great way to get involved in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Metalclaws bio

    Looks:handsome jet black pelt with dark gray paws and forest green eyes also muscular.personality:nice creative loyal and secretive.gender:tom.mate:does not have one.crush:secret.kits:none.brothers and sisters:scattered all over the clans.frostspirit in stormclan but died.history:secret try asking see what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Nightclaw

    *the black tom padded in, his bright green eyes attempting to watch everyone at one time* may l join this clan?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Can i join

    Im not that active thought cause i share a nook so yeah im flamenight an im single and right now i spy on prowess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Spiritheart

    Coat.grey.nose.pink.ears.has gold tips on them.age.17moons.rank.warrior.personality.nice caring loving smart intelligent fierce.history.to long to explain.friends.alot.likes.food being active.dislikes.not being active and annoying cats.mate.looking for one.kits none.crush.none...yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&#9786&#9787

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    NightFury

    Gender: Tom~•~Appearance: All black with silver tabby stripes, light green eyes~•~Personality: Always in a great mood except for rare occassions~•~Mate/Crush/Kits: None~•~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Silverstar (fake)

    Now don't you feel stupit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    DEPUTY OF SAPPHIRESTARS CLAN

    Shiningheart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Silverkill

    Looks: Gray with black stripes on tail. Mate: None. Gender: Tom. Personality: Upbeat, unselfish. Hoped rank: Warrior. ~ Silverkill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Metalclaws bio

    Looks:Black with gray stripes and forest green eyes.personality:nice smart creative and secretive.gender:tom.mate:does not have one.kits:none.only known brother:starts with f ends with t.history:secret.crush:secret.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Dapplekit and caramelkit

    NAME:Dapplekit*
    AGE:3*
    LOOKS: A beautiful toritishell she kit white with blacks spots and green eyes*
    PER:Sweet kind loyal and awesome lovable too!*
    SIBLINGS: Caramelkit*
    DREAM: Warrior
    *****************************************************************************
    NAME:Caramelkit*
    AGE:3*
    LOOKS: A caramel lit sugary fur with green eyes white chest and paws*
    SIBLINGS:Dapplekit*
    PERS:sweet kind lovable shy alot soft hearted a good temper
    LIFE/HISTORY: When my sister and i were born, we loved to roam around in the forest one there was a fire when we were still one and our parents died. And i never ever learned about who my parents were.
    THEM SONG: Come and get it by selena gomez
    MY DREAM: Med cat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Not his usual genius

    Jeff Archer used to be my favorite author, due to his ingenious writing. But this book can't hold a candle to what he used to write. Here you had to work through the whole story before seeing a spark of his old self.

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    Posted November 2, 2011

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