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Publisher's Summary

He should never have opened the envelope....

Adam Scott listens to the reading of his father's will, aware that the contents can only be meagre. The Colonel, after all, had nothing to leave - except a letter he had never opened himself, a letter that can only bring further disgrace to the family name. Against his mother's advice, Adam opens the letter, and immediately realizes his life can never be the same again. The contents leave him with no choice but to follow a course his father would have described as a matter of honour.

©1986 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Great narratior, slow story.

amazing narrator! Bit of a slow story with a lot of background info on each character.

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  • C. A. Walker
  • 02-03-16

Excellent read

As usual Archer keeps us entertained and guessing all the way through to the end.

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  • BS
  • 01-01-18

Good story ruined by narrator

This took s little longer to get into than the usual Archer stories; the clipped, staccato narrative made it difficult to maintain interest. This was aggravated by the numerous Slavic names, only serving to confuse the listener.
That being said, the story managed to hold the imagination, despite the slightly implausible situations in true Archer style.

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  • MR D A JONES
  • 09-29-17

Enthralling story.

First time I've heard John Lee as a narrator and really enjoyed listening to him.
The story itself was excellent well worth a listen.

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  • Julie
  • 04-30-17

Not his best by far!

Disappointing.
Narration was good but this one was not for me. A letdown compared to his others.

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  • Heather
  • 09-24-16

brilliant

loved it. keot me on enderhooks to the very end. would recommend it to anyone who wants a good story

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  • Julie
  • 06-24-16

Matter of honour

I read this when it came out in a big book
But it is better listening