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Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less- by Jeffrey Archer  

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less- by Jeffrey Archer

"Jeffrey Archer" I believe the name needs no introduction! He’s now the master of crime thrillers. Today I have another of his critically acclaimed books- Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less.

The book caught my attention the time I flipped through the first few pages. His name being famed and so the book, I got hooked on. And I’d say for luck because it was a great read certainly.

I think the book is one of Archer’s best, till date. The plot is one which is really interesting and compels you to turn the pages. The twist in the end does it all to have an indelible impression on your mind! This was Archer’s first novel; and a climbing ladder to success. It is based on his real life experience of near bankruptcy.

The story is about Stephen Bradley, an American professor teaching at Oxford, Dr. Robin Oakley, a Harley Street physician, Jean-Pierre Lamanns, a French art dealer with a gallery in London, and James Brigsley, heir to an earldom. Four different people but all brought together by the turn of fate.

The four of them had been shot into trouble by a common innocent friend, David Kessler, a recent Harvard MBA who has also been cheated. David took up work in the most promising and upcoming successful companies, Prospecta Oil.

He was told by Harvey Matcalfe, the owner, that they had discovered huge shares of oil and incites him to invest in the oil shares which guarantee profit. David elatedly does so and also encourages four of the others to do the same. But they all are cheated when the company closes down unexpectedly and the stock markets for their shares tumble down.

But this time Harvey Matcalfe, the genius, chose the wrong men for the four of them Stephen Bradley, Dr. Robin Oakley, Jean-Pierre Lamanns and James Brigsley wouldn’t sit and watch. They made a group which was firm on their goal- to retrieve their lost money- Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less.

Now that you know the basic frame, the rest of the story takes you on a roller coaster ride about how the four men retrieve their money in different ways. That surely is interesting and the twist, as I told you before, spices it up! Thus, it’s a must- read and a sure page-turner…..don’t miss out on it!!


  1. Rajesh  

    Well...shall read it n get back 2 u...seems to b interesting..

    P.S: My blog updated

  2. vishesh  

    hmm...i have read any Archer....never found them interesting...donno why :D

  3. --xh--  

    this is one of the Archer books I like.. The only series I don't like is the Kane and Abel series, rest all his works, I kinda like.. and among them, this one is sure a favorite...

  4. Dhananjay Kumar  

    Hello, First time I am writing on your blog..

    I m also gr8 fan of him .....

    one mr thng 2 say ...

    ur articulation is nice ...

  5. Meghna  

    @ Rajesh- Certainly :p

  6. Meghna  

    @ Vish- I agree....this is his only book that I like!!!

  7. Meghna  

    @ XH- DITTOOOO!!!

  8. Meghna  

    @ Dhananjay- Thanks for the visit...and the compliments! I'm glad to find someone like me :P


    I haven't read any of his books..
    will try one soon..
    nice post..
    i have a new cartoon.."DEMO'CRAZY'
    do visit..

  10. FairyDaizy  

    I haven't heard of him, nor read his books yet, but I'm heading out to get one.

    Great review, and thanks for sharing this.

  11. Meghna  

    @ MIP- I'll drop by soon!!! Do try it out :P

  12. Meghna  

    @Daizy- Haven't heard of him??? Really?? should read him....Thanks :P

  13. sakhi  

    I have liked many of his books interesting like this one and many others like love story, doctors, acts of faith etc.

  14. sakhi  

    adding you to my blog roll! :)

  15. Meghna  

    @ Sakhi- OH!!! Missed out on those....I've red only three of his book :)

  16. Meghna  

    @ Sakhi- love your blog too :P

  17. rohit  

    Must be an enjoyable read Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

  18. Fredrik  

    If you have npt read it yet you can read my review here:
    or compare your review with mine and see if we get the same impression from the book.

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