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      Cat O' Nine Tales

      by Jeffrey Archer
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      Product Details

      • Publisher: MacMillan
      • Publishing date: 10/2006
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780230014930
      • ISBN: 0230014933

      Synopsis

      This is a beautiful large format gift edition of the sixth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller illustrated throughout in colour by the internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle, creator of "Molesworth and St Trinian's". These twelve yarns are beautifully illustrated with 48 specially commissioned, full page illustrations of humourous cats reflecting aspects of each of the individual stories and numerous playful touches all throughout the text. The stories and the illustrations feature the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know as well as some more poignant and telling characters. This will be a fantastic Christmas gift for all fans of Jeffrey Archer and Ronald Searle...and cats.

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      • Cat of a dozen tales?
        From Amazon

        "Cat O-Nine Tales" nominally consists of >9 crime stories (tales) related to Archer by fellow prisoners, during Archer's year in prison for perjury in the 1980s. Some or most of these stories are acknowledged to be at least third hand, if not apocryphal. Indeed, I've read the story of the greedy divorcee before (albeit, I don't know where)--it has obviously passed into urban legend, albeit I do not know whether before or after recorded by Archer. Archer's versions of the stories are competent and enjoyable light reading. Even so, they are short stories, often cliched, and with limited character development. Archer skillfully weaves in the setting (prison life) in which he acquired the stories, but says little about himself and nothing of why he was imprisioned. The last three stories appear to be Archer's own original stories tacked on to increase the page count (and increasing the story count beyond the specified 9). While pleasant stories, they are of a different genre. They are not "criminal", and lack the sharp irony. The stories ends with the reader still waiting for the punch lines. The stories are variously sweet, poignant, or entertaining by themselves---they are just misplaced in this collection.

      • Below par, but this isn't golf
        From Amazon

        Having just finished Cat, I have to agree with the contrary opinion writer. I have read all of his previous short story collections, and liked them. I have also read 3 or 4 of his novels, as well. Cat is definitely sub standard Archer, by comparison. I did not find even one of the 12 to be on the level with the prior works. Go and read ANY of his other work and you will be much more rewarded than spending your time on this one.

      • Not as good as his older works.
        From Amazon

        Not overly impressed by this. Nice readable almost intriguing tales but for the most part very predictable. The twist at the end was uninspired for the most part.

      • Jeffry Archer
        From Amazon

        Cat O'Nine Tales (And Other Stories) (Large Print) Archer is a master at writing. I always enjoy his books. Look forward to more in the future.

      • Impressive
        From Amazon

        The stories are entertaining, well thought out, well written, and they hold the readers attention. This book has all the elements which make it worth reading.

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