Author: Jeffrey Archer
Total pages: 336
Total approximate words: 1,00,800
Harvey Metcalf, one of the protagonists of the story is a man of ill-fortune. Despite his poverty-ridden childhood, Harvey manages to amass extreme wealth by the time he is a grown man, thanks to his shady deals with corporates and banks. In one of his latest duping strategies, four men fall victims and lose a combined value of one million dollars. When they find out the person behind all their losses, they come together and weave plans on how to get their money back, with a series of deceptions and tricks.
How did I like the book?
Well, a book that has survived decades and is still easily available in book stores everywhere, is kind of hard not to like. The novel, first published in 1976, has surely gone through all the testing that its readers and critics had to offer and has lasted through it all with flying colours!
The plot is suspenseful, the words used are easy to understand and the portrayals are done aptly to the settings of the early and mid-twentieth century. The narration is not too fast or too slow. It maintains a consistency that keeps the reader in sync with each turn of events while still keeping the suspense alive till the end. With its fair share of drama involved in the plot and a bit in the protagonists, I wouldn’t be surprised if the novel is adapted into a Hollywood movie! A good 8.5 for this novel, and another Jeffrey Archer book for me, please!
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal reading and understanding of the book with my own limited experiences and knowledge. It doesn’t guarantee the same level of satisfaction/ dissatisfaction to other readers and the reviews could vary from individual to individual.