"The Red King" is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English Lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune.
In another tale of deception, "The Commissioner", a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue, after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam.
"The Perfect Murder" reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi.
In "Charity Begins at Home", an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires.
And then there is Archer's favorite, "In the Eye of the Beholder", in which a handsome star athlete falls in love with a 300-pound woman...who happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy.
©2007 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Archer is a master entertainer." (Time)
"One of the top 10 storytellers in the world." (Los Angeles Times)
I don't usually like to listen to short stories, but these aren't really short short and they are marvelously engaging, always with a twist at the end. Thoroughly enjoyable listening, and well read.
enjoyable surprise endings
In the story, "Don't Drink the Water", the ending was quite unexpected, but very satisfying to have a man who was murdering his wife, get caught in his own trap.
Lesser has a pleasing voice and reads well.
Several stories have a narrator who is in the first person, not identified by name, and relates a story from his prison cell. He would make a grand dinner companion.
I listened to these stories while making an 800-mile road trip. My route went through fairly deserted deserts in New Mexico. The stories made the miles fly.
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