Twelve Red Herrings

Twelve Red Herrings

Book - 1994
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Here, from one of the world's greatest storytellers, are 12 tales of passion and intrigue that display Jeffrey Archer's renowned ability for the unpredictable yet satisfying twist. Just as he as done in his two previous bestselling short story collections, A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver Full of Arrows, Archer excites and amuses from start to finish.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1994.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780060179441
0060179449
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: 12 red herrings.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 29, 2019

Red Herring: a diverting of attention from the main subject by introducing some irrelevant topic. The publisher's description claims that "there is buried in each story a diversion - let us simply call it a red herring - which Archer challenges his readers to uncover." While I failed to see the "red herrings" in these short stories, nevertheless I think they are the best tales among the eight or so short story collections from this superb storyteller.

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cookiebear174
May 31, 2011

a collection of his short stories, he has done a few of these and they are great for a quick read when we are pushed for time.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 29, 2019

Jeffrey Archer, the world's greatest story teller, offers twelve ingeniously plotted stories that display his renowned ability for the unpredictable twist. "Twelve Red Herrings" contains a dozen startling tales each of which makes use of misleading clues to surprise the reader. In each story, human beings are put under pressure - how do they react when they have an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, a danger to avoid? These stories display all the Archer hallmarks of relentless pacing, sophisticated glamour, thigh-slapping humour, and full-blooded eroticism.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 29, 2019

"Consuela was beginning to despair of finding anything worthwhile on Bond Street ... when she came to a sudden halt outside the House of Graff. Consuela could not recall the shop from her last visit to London ... and as she knew Bond Street better than she had ever known any of her three husbands, she concluded that it must be a new establishment. She gazed at the stunning gems in their magnificent settings, heavily protected behind the bulletproof windows. When she reached the third window her mouth opened wide, like a newborn chick demanding to be fed. ..." (p. 72-3)

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