The Collected Short Stories

Jeffrey Archer

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International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer has enthralled readers with his riveting suspense, surprise denouements, and unforgettable storylines. Now Archer’s three acclaimed collections of short fiction are brought together in one irresistible volume...

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES

A Quiver Full of Arrows takes readers on a journey of encounters that befall an assortment of kindly strangers, wary old friends, and long-lost loves.

Sly reflections on human nature are at the center of A Twist in the Tale in which blindly adventurous game-players compete for stakes higher than they dreamed.

Expect the unexpected and you’ll still be surprised in Twelve Red Herrings, a dozen tales of betrayal, love, murder and revenge capped with a startling twist.

Thirty-six stories in all, each poised to astonish and inspire, revealing “master entertainer” (Time) Jeffrey Archer at his artfully entertaining best.

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Chapter One

Never Stop on the Motorway

Diana had been hoping to get away by 5:00, so she could be at the farm in time for dinner. She tried not to show her true feelings when at 4:37 her deputy, Phil Haskins, presented her with a complex twelve-page document that required the signature of a director before it could be sent out to the client. Haskins didn’t hesitate to remind her that they had lost two similar contracts that week.

It was always the same on a Friday. The phones would go quiet in the middle of the afternoon and then, just as she thought she could slip away, an

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Praise for The Collected Short Stories

“There isn’t a better storyteller alive.”—Larry King

“Archer is one of the most captivating storytellers writing today. His novels are dramatic, fast moving, totally entertaining—and almost impossible to put down.”—Pittsburgh Press

“Archer hits the bull’s eye with an exemplary collection of short stories.”—Daily Mail (London)

“Somerset Maugham never penned anything so swift or urbanely witty as this.”—Publishers Weekly

“A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas…Unsurpassed skill…making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next.”—The Washington Post

“Exciting…everything a reader could want. Archer offers versatility, laughter, inventive plotting and a gift for characterization.“—The Baltimore Sun

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About the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

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The Collected Short Stories
Jeffrey Archer

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
December 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312937706
ISBN10: 0312937709
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 640 pages
$8.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429967327
ISBN10: 1429967323
640 pages
$7.99
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