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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best, 8 Mar. 2009
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Jeffrey Archer draws on all his prison experience to paint a detailed picture of the life of a prisoner, convicted of a murder he did not commit, who sets out to get his revenge on the unlikely conspirators who got him locked away for life. The plot is dependent on a remarkable degree of good fortune (like sharing a prison cell with someone who just happens to be his spitting image and also heir to a title and massive fortune), and also on an acknowledged similarity to Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo". A legal adviser could have been usefully employed to help represent Court scenes more accurately. Having said that no one is better qualified to take an improbable story and make it convincing in a Court setting than Jeffrey Archer.
Despite its flaws, this book is a real page-turner about justice and revenge by an expert story teller on his best form. It is a thriller with lots of twists, turns and sub-plots. I metaphorically burnt through this book before passing it on to someone else. The short chapters make it ideal to advance through the action at every spare moment, and once you have got started that is what you are likely to be doing.
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