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And Thereby Hangs a Tale Audio CD – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Archer assembles 15 more of the clever stories for which he is known. They are split between tales of trickery, as with "Stuck on You," where an eager young man is played by a diamond thief, and decidedly sentimental stories, such as "Members Only," about a man who wants nothing more than to join a private country club. Archer marks with an asterisk stories that are based on true incidents (10 in this collection), and whether it is the weight of credibility these stories' genesis lends or if the author works better with some starting material, the entirely imagined stories are also the weakest. "Politically Correct" never gets out of the shallows in its attempt to be provocative, and "Better the Devil You Know," with its evil executive making a deal with the devil (aka Mr. De Ath), is silly even for this author, who usually writes with a winningly light touch. Still, Archer's writing exudes a certain charm and is mostly satisfying. His trademark twists--sometimes a surprise to the reader, sometimes not--and genial tone will endear these mostly cozy stories to his many fans.
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Like Cat O’ Nine Tales (2007), Archer‘s latest collection of short fiction features stories based (sometimes rather loosely, we suspect) on true incidents or people. Of the 15 stories, 10, we’re told, are based on “known incidents,” which means, for example, that something similar to the very clever method of stealing jewelry described in “Stuck on You” might actually have been tried. Or that someone like Benny, the too-clever-for-his-own-good prison stoolie, might really have sentenced himself to a life of looking over his shoulder. Aside from the fact that they’re marked with an asterisk, it’s hard to tell the true(-ish) stories from the outright fictional ones: in all of them, Archer creates engaging characters and puts them into situations that range from tragic to comic to, well . . . a little strange. Once again we have ample proof that Archer is as proficient with short stories as he is with novels. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You must get the reader engaged immediately, by giving little clues about the characters that you must get to know right away. Jeffery Archer knows how to do this so well.
I love his short story collections. They are alway such a good read with great twists at the end.
I've read almost all of his works and I can honestly say that I've NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED!
The story is quite well-written, but not one I enjoyed reading, probably due to its everyman hero being led into crime and later dumped by his aristocratic fiance.
Since the full book is expected to include a variety of stories, I might have enjoyed the rest, but am unlikely to order on the basis of this free story.
On the other hand, this story IS free, so if you like reading about clever crimes, this may be very much to your liking.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
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