Twelve Red Herrings

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Macmillan, Aug 30, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Jeffrey Archer, the internationally bestselling author of Honor Among Thieves, As The Crow Flies, and Kane & Abel, now serves up this inventive new collection of a dozen short stories -- with a twist. Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the twelve pieces ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.

An imprisoned man is certain that his supposed murder victim is very much alive....A female driver is pursued relentlessly by a menacing figure in another vehicle....A young artist gets the biggest break of her career....A restless beauty manages the perfect birthday celebration....An escaped Iraqi on Saddam Hussein's death list pays an involuntary visit to his homeland. In each tale, human beings are given an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, or a danger to avoid. How will they react? How would you? Capping off the collection are two additional rewards. In the final story, Archer offers a choice of four endings. And buried in each story is another diversion -- a red herring which Archer challenges his readers to uncover.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With this tiresome collection of stories planted with misleading clues, Archer (Honor Among Thieves, 1993, etc.) fails in his bid to be an O. Henry for the '90s. There is one big giveaway in almost ... Read full review

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Clever and intriguing short story collection - spotting the 'red herrings' in the stories is very fun! A couple of the stories I didn't really get, but the rest were really good - especially the final story which gives a choice of endings. Highly recommended!

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Trial and Error
Cheap at Half the Price
Dougie Mortimers Right Arm
Do Not Pass Go
Chunnel Vision
Shoeshine Boy
Youll Never Live to Regret It
Never Stop on the Motorway
Not for Sale
Timeo Danaos
An Eye for an Eye
One Mans Meat

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About the author (2005)

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

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