Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

by Jeffrey Archer
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Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories by Jeffrey Archer

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, this new collection has the added bonus of thirteen charming illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle.

Some of these twelve 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," in which 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, nonfiction, and short stories. Cat o'Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, poignant, sad, surprising, and unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967310
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/12/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 299,813
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and twenty-four years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Only Time Will Tell, and Kane and Abel—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.


London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1940


Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Looks: Gray with black stripes on tail. Mate: None. Gender: Tom. Personality: Upbeat, unselfish. Hoped rank: Warrior. ~ Silverkill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*the black tom padded in, his bright green eyes attempting to watch everyone at one time* may l join this clan?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not that active thought cause i share a nook so yeah im flamenight an im single and right now i spy on prowess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago gold tips on them.age.17moons.rank.warrior.personality.nice caring loving smart intelligent long to being active.dislikes.not being active and annoying cats.mate.looking for one.kits none.crush.none...yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&#9786&#9787