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Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffrey Archer

Twelve Red Herrings (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Jeffrey Archer

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Title:Twelve Red Herrings
Authors:Jeffrey Archer
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1994), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Tags:fiction, short stories, mystery

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Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffrey Archer (1994)


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Sometimes all I need are short stories. Archer created 12 stories that throw a twist (or red herring) into the mix. One Man's Meat... even includes 4 alternate endings. I somehow always choose the sad sack ending.

Do Not Pass Go was quite a good story about an Iraqi man just trying to fly home from Turkey. Cheap at Half the Price was a little....ballsy for a woman but also made me cheer for her. Never Stop on the Motorway has been told before, many many times.

There were only a couple of stories that caused me to go Meh, but the rest made up for those. ( )
  manadabomb | Mar 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312937717, Mass Market Paperback)

Jeffrey Archer, the internationally bestselling author of Honor Among Thieves, As The Crow Flies, and Kane & Abel, now serves up this inventive new collection of a dozen short stories -- with a twist. Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the twelve pieces ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.

An imprisoned man is certain that his supposed murder victim is very much alive....A female driver is pursued relentlessly by a menacing figure in another vehicle....A young artist gets the biggest break of her career....A restless beauty manages the perfect birthday celebration....An escaped Iraqi on Saddam Hussein's death list pays an involuntary visit to his homeland. In each tale, human beings are given an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, or a danger to avoid. How will they react? How would you? Capping off the collection are two additional rewards. In the final story, Archer offers a choice of four endings. And buried in each story is another diversion -- a red herring which Archer challenges his readers to uncover.

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"In twelve stories of passion and intrigue, a man discovers how to commit the perfect murder, the Governor of Bermuda receives an unexpected guest, and a woman gets the better of her husband and her lover on the same day"--NoveList.

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