Prime Edition

Archer’s shorts collected

1st Jan 2012

The New Collected Short Stories

Jeffrey Archer

Pan Books

Pages: 858 Rs. 399

ir Jeffrey Archer, best known for his 1979 work Kane and Abel, has a flair for concise storytelling. This is amply clear from his short-story collections that keep you hooked and booked. The New Collected Short Stories is the second omnibus (after The Collected Short Stories which came out in 2005) and includes earlier individually published titles: To Cut A Long Story Short, Cat O' Nine Tales and Thereby Hangs a Tale. This collection includes 42 ingenuously crafted, true/fictional tales that Archer gathered during his many travels across the world and two years in prison. From a lawyer who can manipulate both sides of the bar, to a hierarchy of professionals working at a bank wishing they were someone else; from a couple who fall in love while waiting for the traffic light to turn green in Delhi, to a Marilyn Monroe look-alike failed actress-turned-successful con woman: Archer sketches out rich characters embroiled in intensely clever yarns, set in different points on the time-space axis. The volume is recommended for easy reading and a place on your bookshelf.

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