Paper Money

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Overview

Crime, high finances, and journalism are interconnected in this early thriller by the author of On Wings of Eagles and Lie Down With Lions. In one suspenseful, action-packed day, fortunes change hands as an ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal Junior Minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough guys all play their parts in a scheme that moves "paper money" around at a dizzying pace.

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Overview

Crime, high finances, and journalism are interconnected in this early thriller by the author of On Wings of Eagles and Lie Down With Lions. In one suspenseful, action-packed day, fortunes change hands as an ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal Junior Minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough guys all play their parts in a scheme that moves "paper money" around at a dizzying pace.

Paper Money is a tautly woven, intriguing story of a single day in the life of the London Evening Post. As various stories break--the awarding of an oil-drilling contract, a mammoth cash robbery, the blackmailing of a politician--awkward questions begin to tie the events together, but will the full story ever make the headlines? By the grand master of suspense, Ken Follett (The Modigliani Scandal). First time published in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published under the pseudonym Zachary Stone, this is a happily rediscovered suspense thriller written in the mid-'70s by Follett, the bestselling author of Lie Down with Lions. Its plot, set in London, and intended to show that crime, high finance and journalism are corruptly interconnected, is, according to Follett, the cleverest he has ever devised. The fast-paced action spans, in hour-to-hour fashion, one day in the life of an evening newspaper and features an adulterous politician, a corrupt financier, a criminal gang, a mentally retarded youth and an eager cub reporter, their linked destinies all moving toward a single and intensely exciting climax. Though painted in broad brushstrokes, the characters seem compellingly real, as do their professional environments. Follett can proudly acknowledge this one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451167309
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 206,463
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Follett

Ken Follett is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including Jackdaws, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Triple, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune. He lives in England.

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

Good To Know

Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

Table of Contents

Paper Money is a tautly woven, intriguing story of a single day in the life of the London Evening Post. As various stories break--the awarding of an oil-drilling contract, a mammoth cash robbery, the blackmailing of a politician--awkward questions begin to tie the events together, but will the full story ever make the headlines? By the grand master of suspense, Ken Follett (The Modigliani Scandal). First time published in the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Loved other Follet books. Hated this one.

    It just ended...as if he was tired of writing. I read most of the others. All but this one were great.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Read the book please!!!

    This book had a lot of characters, but if thats a problem, don't worry about it, just keep reading it. This is one of the few books with numerous characters that was a pure joy to read from cover to cover. If I could give it 10 stars I would.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    paper moooooney

    Ken Follett's 'Paper Money' was dec, it was kind of confusing and then it just ended. There were some parts that caught my attention and others that I had to read over and over because I kept getting bored.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    This sucked

    I think this is the worst book yet. I kept reading it to see if it got any better but it never happened. I enjoy K.F books and this one sucked.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    The Best Follett yet

    This suspense thriller keeps readers on their toes. One of Ken Follett's earlier novels it lacks nothing in the edge of seat, nail biting, drama we are used to in his other works. The setting is a day in a London newspaper. We watch the news break. The big story of the day turns out to be a culmination of other stories like a corrupt politician, gangsters, and a major financial crime. The stories unfold simultaneously with different reporters following each incident until the all fit together.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    Not one of his best

    Although Ken Follett grabs your imagination and keeps the story moving, it is rather dull in places (uncharacteristically) and ends too abruptly. I have read all of his other novels and find each one captivating and exciting.

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