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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

I got this at a book fair when I was in college. This book fair which was held inside the huge library was like a blessing in disguise for many of us. Right on the first day, I picked up 3 of Jeffrey Archer's books after I overheard one of my college mate describing the works of the author.

This book was born out of the authors personal experience with near-bankruptcy. This also happens to be his first book and it was published in the year 1976!

 Four men- Stephen Bradley,an oxford don, Jean Pierre, an art dealer, James Brigsley, an English Lord , Dr. Robin Oakley, a revered society Physician suddenly find that the oil company shares that they had purchased have gone done to the lowest possible price and they are left penniless.

To get it back, Stephen calls in the other three whom he has never met before and puts forth a plan to get each penny back from the con - Harvey Metcalfe,a Polish immigrant.

Each one of these men have to come up with a plan to bring Harvey down and get back the money. While the other three are seriously going about formulating the strategy, James falls in love with a beautiful model - Anne.

He spend more time with her and also takes part in the 'drama' to get back every penny from Harvey.HE discusses every move with her except revealing who the target is. Finally the wedding bells ring for James and Anne and he finds out that she is none other than Harvey's daughter!

The 4 manage to get back every penny that Harvey swindled from them ,which amounts to a million Dollars, and suddenly they find an announcement in the papers that the Oil Company in which they had invested has struck oil and the share rates have gone up! Finally Stephan says he has to work out a way to give back the money to Harvey!

I loved this book the first time I read it and enjoyed it more when I read it after so many years. A good entertainer which keep you turning pages and one that you cannot put down till you reach the last page.....

At a Glance....

Book - Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Author -Jeffrey Archer

Genre - Fiction

No. of Pages - 255

ISBN No. - 0-671-64312-6

Year first published - 1976

Other books by this author that I have read - Kane & Abel, A Prisoner of Birth, The 11th commandment, Prison Diary,Shall we tell the President

Trivia about the book- The author found it difficult to find a publisher for his first book and sold only 3000 hard back copies! Later it was a mega hit and sold over 20,000 paperback copies in a year!!This book has been reprinted 57 times!

This book was also adapted into a mini TV series.

Get in touch with the author @ his Website - Jeffrey Archer

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