False Impression by Jeffrey Archer

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Why was an elegant lady brutally murdered the night before 9/11?

Why was a successful New York banker not surprised to receive a woman's left ear in the morning mail?

Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee?

Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting?
Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars an assignment when she didn't have a bank account?

Why was an honors graduate working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune?

Why was an English Countess ready to kill the banker, the lawyer and the gymnast even if it meant spending the rest of her life in jail?

Why was a Japanese steel magnate happy to hand over $50,000,000 to a woman he had only met once?

Why was a senior FBI agent trying to work out the connection between these eight apparently innocent individuals?

All these questions are answered in Jeffrey Archer's latest novel, False Impression, but not before a breathtaking journey of twists and turns that will take readers from New York to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo, and finally a sleepy English village, where the mystery of Van Gogh's last painting will finally be resolved.

And only then will readers discover that Van Gogh's Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear has a secret of its own that acts as the final twist in this unforgettable yarn.

 

About Jeffrey Archer

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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 Sins of the Father, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 396 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime, History, Self Help. Fiction

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She plans to fly to England and ask Arabella Wentworth, Victoria’s twin and heir, to help her steal the canvas, now technically Fenston’s property, before Fenston’s lieutenant, disbarred lawyer Karl Leapman, can pick it up.

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The Guardian

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False Impression Jeffrey Archer Macmillan £17.99, pp528 Jeffrey Archer poses something of a problem for reviewers.

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The Guardian

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Since Sons of Fortune, there have been three volumes of prison diaries - in which Archer's previously bouncy style did seem to have become more ascetic and penitent - but now comes his first novel as an ex-con.

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Publishers Weekly

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The pair's offices are in the Twin Towers, and when disaster strikes, each sees the tragedy as an opportunity to manipulate a transaction scheduled to transfer ownership of a legendary Van Gogh painting, Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear , from the Wentworth estate to the larcenous Fenston.

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BC Books

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The only problem I had with the book was that one plot point (why Petrescu's friend Tina worked for Fenston) wasn't mentioned very often in the book, even though it got a big mention on the back cover.

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She plans to tell the Wentworth heiress that, if she sells the Van Gogh to a very interested Japanese steel tycoon, she will receive more than enough to pay off her loan and ensure that the family estate and its other great works of art will not be lost.

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Reviewing the Evidence

He is investigating the deaths of three victims who all had art collections, were deeply in debt and had large loans into Fenston Financial.

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On the night of September 10, 2001, Englishwoman Victoria Wentworth plans to ship Van Gogh's classic Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear that she owns to Bryce Fenston, CEO of New York based Fenston Finance;

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Large Print Reviews

False Impression is a fast paced, well-plotted thriller by the Jeffrey Archer.

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