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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671671480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671671488
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age' MAIL ON SUNDAY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compelling book of short stories from the number one bestselling author --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "manwatkarap" on 30 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
The collection of these simplistic short stories confirms that the author, Jeffrey Archer, caught the exact nerve of common men and their perenial passion for unadulterated entertainment. Jeffrey Archer has accurately depicted each one of these pieces to form a complete and seemingly moralistic episodes. Couple of stories are humourous in themselves while others are quite dramatic and touching. But the driving characteristic of each story is it's amazing climax. Once you realized that the stories have twist in the end, you start guessing the end afterwards and each time you fail. Its only the author who can think of such unbelievable, yet realistic, climax.
Highly recommended for those who don't want to be bothered by involvement of philosophical doses, complexity or mystery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Imperial Topaz on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Jeffrey Archer. I love his long novels and deep characterizations. This book was a bit different for me. When I first purchased it, I didn't know it was a collection of short stories. After reading the first story, I left it sitting by my beside for several weeks, then picked it up and read the rest in two days. The only reason I set it aside was that it surprised me when the first story ended--that's when I discovered it was a book of short stories. (I enjoy Jeffrey Archer so much that I bought it quickly, just looking at his name on the cover, passing through an airport, not noticing this book was not a novel like all his others.)
Most of these stories can be read in 30 minutes, while the first story might take one hour. The book is very appropriately named, because the very end of each story has a bizarrre "twist" that you don't expect. The twist happens literally in the last sentence or two of each story, and the reader is completely surprised.
Compared to most novels, these stories move incredibly fast. In spite of that, characterization is revealed well, as the stories move. There is quite a variety in the stories presented--in one story, he even writes as a woman. I highly enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys either short stories, or loves Jeffrey Archer's novels will enjoy it, too. The only reason I have rated it four stars instead of five, is that I personally enjoy novels much more than short stories-short stories end far too quickly for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is written by Jeffery Archer. It is a collection of short stroies where the endings are unpredictable and the reader has no idea what is coming. The different stories vary from a story which ends up being about cats to a story about 2 blokes betting over a strange woman. The book isn't expensive and is well worth what it costs. If you have read this book and like it, you may want to read others by the same writter. These are books such as Twelve Red Herrings and A quiver full of arrows. I have read 4 books now and A twist in the tale is my favourite because of it's ability to suprise the reader. However once this book has been read, if read again the element of suprise is lost
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By Te on 27 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Actually, A Twist in the Tale is the most exciting of Archer's collection of short stories. The stories simply grip you from the start and you wouldn't guess it right how they would end no matter how hard you try to. They get particularly interesting towards the end. The plots are all too unpredictable and the writing is fast-paced, smooth and rich.. It's simply vintage Archer and with other collections like The Usurper: and Other Stories, Runaway.I am in the phase of my life where I am enjoying short fiction the most.
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By grampa joe on 3 July 2013
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As with previous reviews,I'm not a huge fan of short stories,but there's always one or two that spur you on to buy another of his books. As I say there are some of his stories that make you think, " it was worth buying the book just for that story" so my advice would be to buy a good condition second hand edition and go from there
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Read the reviews before purchase as quite expensive for a few pages.....
Enjoyed some twist stories,agree predictable on some others....just find lots of books are being done on this "single story" genre on kindle and it costs a lot!!! Much prefer a complete novel...
But you will enjoy these stories if a lover of J.A. books....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Moss on 12 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Jeffrey Archer and thoroughly enjoyed this book of self contained short stories. Each story had a good plot and a sharp twist that you do not see coming ! Each story was well written, this book had me gripped to the end and left me wanting more ! This is a light hearted, easy to follow, classic book. Cheap and affordable entertainment, I recommend this book !
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By Durin on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The tail is unexpected and rather too twisted for my taste. It is a bit like Maupassant but not at the proper level.
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