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      Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less By Archer, Jeffrey

      by Jeffrey Archer
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      • Publisher: MacMillan UK
      • Publishing date: 03/2009
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9781405052221
      • ISBN: 1405052228

      Synopsis

      One million dollars - that's what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight, four men - the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don - find themselves penniless. But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow him from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot and the hallowed lawns of Oxford. Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost. To the penny. 'Marvellously plotted, with just the right amounts of romance, wit and savoir-faire' - "Publishers Weekly".

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      • Novel
        From Amazon

        An imaginative novel by Mr. Archer. The book arrived in the condition described, and quickly after order.

      • book review
        From Amazon

        Already reviewed. ... again considered in fair condition-not good as described. bit disappointed.

      • Very dated - but OK
        From Amazon

        An easy read on a obvious story line. Keep reminding yourself that this book was written in 1973 and you'll enjot it more.

      • Worth every penny..give or take a half (3.5 stars)
        From Amazon

        Archer's first novel shows his penchant for the 'revenge crime', and the white-collar settings of the business and society worlds. The story is fairly straightforward, with some dry patches that keep the book from ranking among Archer's later classics(having recently read 'A Prisoner of Birth', it's interesting to see how Archer learned to create more nuanced characters.) The 'gang' in this story aren't fleshed out a great deal,compared to protagonists in some of Archer's other works, but eventually, they start to grow on the reader...particularly James, although some of Jean-Pierre's unexpectedly funny lines are also memorable. The touches of humor enhance the story without detracting from it too much...with the possible exception of a few scenes at Oxford! Of course, Harvey is mostly played for laughs, after Archer establishes him with an autobiographical opening that drags on just a bit too long. However, it succeeds in showing that Harvey is a better actor and con man than he is an actual businessman(which accounts for his un-bussinesslike behavior and reactions in some scenes, as other reviewers have complained about),Archer does a good job of peeling away Harvey's reputation for shrewdness, and illustrates the ultimate futility of such convoluted schemes. While the plot doesn't quite race along from start to finish, it's a pleasnt ride. A few well-placed topical references(topical at the time of publication, at least), and the occasional cameo by such historical luminaries as Harold McMillan, Billie Jean King, and Linda Lovelace(Archer should have had the three of them walk into a pub!), and the obligatory 'Archer twist',add up to a fairly good start for the future Lord Archer's second career!

      • Enjoyable tale of financial revenge!
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        I love Archer's writing, and I'm only making it through some of his earlier works now. This is one of his better ones. Summary: an English physician, American professor, French art dealer and an English lord put together four cons to get their money back - penny for penny - from the evil man that conned them. Here's my two pennies worth of what I liked and it's drawbacks: - Wonderfully creative premise, executed with cleverness and fun rather than testoterone driven anger one sees so much of in revenge plots. - Enjoyable characters. - A quick read and page-turning action. - Written back in the 70's. Though this version has been slightly updated. It is a pretty timeless tale, and the only time it distracted me was when they began using some fancy spy radios to communicate - when nowadays they'd just use cell phones. BOTTOM LINE: Enjoyable and easy read - just right for the pool or plane trip.

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