The Collected Short Stories – by Jeffrey Archer
Jeffrey Archer is my favorite when it comes to fiction. He is a master story teller and can keep the audience engaged throughout the entire novel. This book is a collection of short stories and what is unique about them is the ‘twist’ factor at the end of the stories.
It is amazing feeling to know that there would be twist and yet be not able to decipher it. The genius that Archer is, he keeps it hidden behind our wildest imaginations. This collection is taken from his previous books A Quiver full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and A Twist in the Tale.
Summary of the Collection of Stories by Jeffrey Archer
The entire collection is amazing, but there are a few standout hits that I am able to instantaneously recollect. I will not spoil the fun by giving out any twists.
- “You’ll Never Live to Regret.” In this, an insurance agent tries to persuade his client in getting an insurance policy and keeps repeating the title many times. So what happens? Does the client live to regret his decision
- “Clean Sweep Ignatius.” Here Archer takes us to Nigeria where the finance minister tries to end the corruption in his area. Does he succeed in his attempts
- “An Eye For an Eye.” This is a different take altogether. Here a lawyer tries to defend a woman. The woman is accused of having murdered her husband. She claims that it is impossible that she could do it because she is blind. So what is the twist?
- “Cheat at Half the Price.” This one adds a sense of humor to the twist. A woman, Consuela Rosenheim has expensive tastes. She tries to make use of her wealthy husband and also her wealthy lover to satisfy her desires. She likes a necklace a lot and formulates a plan to get it. Does she succeed?
- “Trial and Error.” Another masterpiece where a person named Cooper is in prison for having done a crime. He is longing for revenge but how will he afford it. There goes another of those twists.
- “A Chapter of Accidents.” Edward tries to set up a trap for his enemy. Wny and how the other becomes an enemy is a nice read in itself. So was Edwards able to do it or did Archer have his way in this too
- “Old Love.” A very nice story indeed. It starts with an enmity between 2 high-schoolers which slowly transforms into love and then well guess.
- “Never Stop on the Motorway.” I liked this story so much that I ended up telling it in various forms to my friends. It is about Diana who is chased by a maniac. She has heard that he rapes and kills woman on the motorway. It is extremely well paced short story that can told and retold a dozen times without losing its charm
- “Loophole.” Two friends or are they. They become enemies and try to get even with each other. Another intriguing story from the master story teller