It's hard to believe that Jeffrey Archer's novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is over thirty years old. If you liked Stephen Cannell's King Con when I mentioned it here, or like "The Sting", you'll enjoy this story with a twist.
Here's the description from the back of the paperback. "What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Not a thing, except that they've all been swindled out of every cent they own by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?
"With nothing left to lose, the unlikely group bands together in an audacious sting operation that will take them from hallowed university halls to boisterous Monte Carlo casinos, from hospital operating rooms to posh London gallery openings, all n order to seize back from Harvey Metcalfe what he stole from them - to the very last cent."
And, they want it back, "not a penny more, not a penny less." Don't just take my word for it that this book is a "forgotten" book that deserves to be rediscovered. Twenty-six years ago, Jim Holstine was a patron at the Huron Public Library in Ohio, not yet my husband. I was the Library Director who suggested he might want to try Jeffrey Archer's book. I "conned" him into it, because Jim always insisted he wouldn't read British authors, but I never told him Archer was British. His response? He couldn't believe I put that over on him, but, to this day, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less remains his favorite book.
Jeffrey Archer always liked stories with a twist, but none of his other books succeeded with such a satisfying twist as Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, this Friday's "Forgotten" book.
And, for other Friday "Forgotten" Books, check out Patti Abbott's website at www.pattinase.blogspot.com, where she summarizes all the suggestions for Friday.
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer. St. Martin's Press, ©1976. ISBN 9780312997137 (paperback), 320p.