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Paper Money
     

Paper Money

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by Ken Follett
 

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An explosive novel of high finance and underworld villainy from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense.

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

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An explosive novel of high finance and underworld villainy from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense.

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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Praise for the novels of Ken Follett

"[A] celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes." People

"Great entertainment." The Baltimore Sun

"Gripping." —The New York Times

"Follett ratchets up the Richter scale of suspense." USA Today

"Follett really knows how to tell a story." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"His scenes whip along. And his ending is absolutely smashing." The Virginian-Pilot

"An altogether entertaining reading experience." Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A terrific page-turner. Careening thrills . . . telling historical detail . . . genuine surprises." Los Angeles Times

"Sheer suspense." The Washington Post

"Absolutely electric with suspense." San Francisco Chronicle

"Ken Follett has done it once more . . . goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." The New York Times Book Review

"The most exciting novel in years." The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Follett is a master of crafty plot and incredible detail." Time 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451167309
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
93,547
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. 

In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author's most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
 
Its sequel, World Without End, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide. The third book, A Column of Fire, will be published by Viking in Fall 2017.
 
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. 

Brief Biography

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

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Paper Money 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It just ended...as if he was tired of writing. I read most of the others. All but this one were great.
CHARLES MURCHISON More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.