The second book in Jeffrey Archer’s highly acclaimedThe Clifton Chronicles, The Sins of the Fathertakes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.
The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she’ll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer’s epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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"The plot is well and truly lost"
I loved the first book in these "chronicles", but this one lost me in the early stages. I never give up on a book, so I trudged on through to the end. However, it didn't really improve. I have since read the third book and that is a slight, though not huge improvement. I thought originally it was to be a triligy, but it now appears that there will be more as the end of the third book is also something of a predictable cliff-hanger. Not sure I will bother with any sequal to this.
love it totally I never knew I would have been so incapsulated
I am shocked I neber realised I loved this genre !!! engrossed ...
"So well written"
Vintage Jeffrey Archer. Well written entertainingly written and a great escape from 21st century.
"Dull and one-dimensional"
A lack-lustre tale where hard-done-by goodies take on lumpish baddies. As it grinds to its inevitable politically-correct conclusion the only thing to say is congratulations to the readers and listeners for holding out till the end.
If you like Jeffrey Archer you will love this it is very Archer style. not bad at all onto the next book
"Best audiobook I have listened to"
An excellent audiobook, both in terms of the content and the way it is presented - the narrator does some outstanding accents without going "over the top" and make this compulsive listening!
"Archer Continues at his Best"
I have just finished listening to this book, and as at the end of the first in the series, have been left hanging on the Clifton Cliff! I hope that at this moment, Jeffery Archer is busy penning the third in the series, as I cannot wait to hear what happens next. As usual, Archer weaves many twists and turns and surprises into his novel, with inside knowledge of many scenarios, giving the story a feeling of authenticity, even if the "goodies and baddies" are painted in uncompromising black and white! However, that is the nature of truly entertaining fiction - who wants a constant diet of "kitchen sink" realism? This whole series is proving un-put-downable, and I'm really looking forward to the continuation.
As usual Geoffrey Archer writes a great yarn. His storytelling gift is wonderful. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the writer but it did seem a little wooden in places. Nevertheless lovely to listen to a novel that doesn't jar on my ears with blasphemy and obscenities. Well done Geoffrey.
Replacing the fabulous narrator Allam was the first bad choice. The multi-angle story turned into a rather one dimentional prison story was the second one. Waste of time.
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