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Heads You Win

Heads You Win

A Novel

Jeffrey Archer

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“Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.”—The Boston Globe


“Archer is a master entertainer.”—Time



ONE MAN. TWO LIVES. . .

Russia, 1968. When his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, Alexander Karpenko and his mother must flee the country if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America—or go to Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin…

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. But what if the epic events of his life had played out differently? How would his experience as a struggling immigrant have been on one continent versus the other? The only way for Alexander to answer these questions—and learn his true destiny—is to face the past he left behind in Russia. But is his need to settle the score with his old friend Vladimir worth the risk of losing everything…including his own life?

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ALEXANDER


Leningrad, 1968

“What are you going to do when you leave school?” asked Alexander.

“I’m hoping to join the KGB,” Vladimir replied, “but they won’t even consider me if...

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Jeffrey Archer

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and has served twenty-six years as a Member of the House of Lords. Now published in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, all of his novels and short story collections—including Kane & Abel, Only Time Will Tell and This Was a Man—have been international bestsellers. Jeffrey is married with two sons and three grandchildren, and lives in London, Cambridge and Majorca.

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