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Cat O'Nine Tales

By Jeffrey Archer

After the lukewarm response False Impression received, Jeffrey Archer's sixth collection of short stories seems to signify the return of Britain's top selling novelist. Archer's two year jail stint was not unfruitful, as 9 of the 12 short stories in his latest offering-Cat O'Nine Tales--have been inspired by true stories told to him by the inmates of the five prisons he shuttled between during his sentence.

The short stories are:

  • The Man who robbed his own Post Office: A company chairman who tried to poison his wife while on a trip to St Petersburg.

  • Maestro: An Italian restaurateur ends up in jail, unable to explain to the tax man how he maintains his lavish lifestyle while only declaring a profit of £70,000 a year.

  • Don't Drink the Water: Dark marital affairs are concluded in Russia.

  • It Can't be October Already: A sympathetic look at an unfortunate cog of society.

  • The Red King: A con man discovers that an English Lord requires one more piece to complete a chess set that would be worth a fortune.

  • The Wisdom of Solomon: A tale about love, deception and trickery

  • Know What I Mean?: The dishonest truck driver.

  • Charity Begins at Home: The introverted clerk on the brink of retirement gets a new lease of life.

  • The Alibi: A convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail.

  • A Greek Tragedy: An odd story which reads more like a tribute to a friend.

  • The Commissioner: A Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue, after he uses the police chief as bait.

  • In the Eye of the Beholder: A premier division footballer falls in love with a 20-stone woman, who just happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy.

Archer, with his pre-occupation with white-collar crimes while drawing his characters from everyday life, has woven witty, sad and unforgettable tales with his trademark twists at the end. The effects of the stories have been enhanced by humorous illustrations of cats by internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle, creator of "Molesworth and St Trinian's.

About the Author

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. In 2000, Archer was convicted of perjury and sentenced to two years in prison.

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