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False Impression

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  7,869 ratings  ·  501 reviews
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 mail?

Why did a young woman with a brilliant career steal an IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING?

Why was an honors graduate working as a temporary secretary after INHERITING A FORTUNE?

Why was a SENIOR FBI AGENT trying to work out the con
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 1st 2005)
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Karen Field
False Impression is written by Jeffrey Archer. It uses the 9/11 tragedy to capture the reader’s interest, but it is mainly about conspiracies in the art world – or, if you want it in simpler terms, it’s a murder mystery.

This book didn’t compare to the other book I’ve read by the same author – As The Crow Flies – but it is still a good story, set in the real world, with believable characters. At first, I felt a bit confused with all the characters (not to mention the head hopping), but the confus
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Andrea
Aug 10, 2009 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrea by: my mom
An interesting story, relatively well-told. But I always have trouble with books that throw in details that seem like anachronisms but turn out to be merely implausibilities - did people casually snap cell phone pix or use google in 2001? - I really don't want to have to pull myself out of the story to look stuff like that up on the internet; I want to trust the author. I also have trouble with British authors attempting to write American dialog - sometimes, they just don't "get" it, again pulli ...more
Toni Osborne
In this thriller, the author brings his readers along with his protagonist Anna Petrescu on a chase around the world from New York during the tragic events of 9/11, to England, Romania, Hong Kong and Japan. The novel combines criminal conspiracy, a Van Gogh, a ruthless assassin, a Romanian art expert and Bryce Fenston an opportunistic and ruthless banker.

The story is quite exciting, slow at start but maintains a steady pace throughout. It opens with the prospective sale of an original Van Gogh a
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Richa
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Laura
A very interesting thriller, somewhat slow to build but with great characters, both on the good-guys side and on the villain side.
About an art historian specializing in attribution, Victoria Petrescu, whose best friend works as a secretary to a repulsive crook banker named Bryce Fenston, who specializes in extending multi-million-dollar loans to people who have fallen on hard times but have a masterpiece of art in their possession. There's an odd coincidence that many of these owners have their
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Brendan
I used to read Jeffrey Archer quite a bit. The first book of his I remember really enjoying was As The Crow Flies, a monumental family saga with plenty of legal and personal machinations. What I remember about Archer's books is that he's really good at writing characters you just hate and thus heroes whom you really want to win. False Impression uses these same tricks.

The novel tells the story of a villainous banker whose shady practices work to rob wealthy people of their famous art works. When
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Jyv
Apr 20, 2008 Jyv rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Jan
Aug 01, 2010 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Jan by: Jeanette
This book was a little confusing at the beginning, because of all the name dropping. I had to take notes, and filled up a page, which I referred back to many times as I worked my way through the complicated story. There were so many characters whose names would pop up and I'd wonder 'who on earth is that person ?', then find their name in my notes.
It's a complicated story, and yet, hard to put down. It definitely kept my interest.
Most of my questions were answered by the end of the book~with a
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Lucas
The first third of the book is terribly predictable. The second third picks up with more of a thriller feel as the story progresses, but unfortunately the final third reverts to its predictable ways, and the ending leaves the reader unsatisfied. The plot devices are tired and over-used, a romance is wedged forcefully into the story and the brief swearing is one-off and absolutely pointless. All in all, False Impression is a cheesy thriller whose only offering is a novelty theme, and even that wa ...more
Callum G
Whilst this work isn't so much about the 9/11 incident, as the cover would lead you to believe, it is still a good book. It's primarily about the art world, and I love books that subtly educate so that's a big tick for me. The characters were interesting and well developed, better than some other Archer novels. The plot let the story down a little however, the murder mystery feel was great, but some plot essential twists were based on things that were unbelievable. As well as this, a lot of the ...more
Phil
In the style of Dan Brown, but without the over the top villain. Oh the villain's bad, alright, just not superhuman. The story of a priceless VanGogh painting, set in New York, London, Bucharest and Tokyo, it holds your attenton, even though you know how it will end. The problem is, though, that Archer seems to get to page 500, and realizes he has to wrap it up, which he does in about five pages - all of a sudden it's over, everything's explained, and on to the next book.

Otherwise, a good read,
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Samyann
Audiobook. I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey Archer for years, long before the popularity of the audiobook. My first exposure being Kane & Abel in paperback format, and I was engrossed in absolutely wonderful story. Considering that Kane & Abel was one of Archer’s very earliest books, I’m wondering if he’s beginning to burn out. Briefly, False Impression centers around the ownership, stealing, and recovery of a valuable Van Gogh painting. It begins with a hair raising escape from the north towe ...more
Bonnie
I listened to this book in the audio version and thought the reader did a credible job with a variety of accents. The story had a few obvious gaps that required me to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story. Overall, it was an entertaining book that held my attention. The survival of the 9/11 attack kept me listening and I thought that was handled well. Although this was not a great book, it was a good read that held my interest until the end.
Noha El-Shami
أكشن / إنجليزي

وليس كل ما هو إنجليزيا أمريكيا

لم تكن "الطلعة الأولى" بالسهولة المتوقعة فيما يخص الأسلوب والمفردات اللغوية المستخدمه، ورويدا رويدا وباستمرار التوغل وصلت لحالة من الاعتياد والتأقلم، وبهذه المناسبة أشكر قاموسي العزيز الذي عانى معي ويلات تلك "الطلعة

بمشاهد قصيرة تنتهي كل منها بنهايات مثيرة دارت الأحداث، ومن الولايات المتحدة للندن لبخارست لطوكيو انقطعت أنفاسي لهثا وراء "آنا" .. لست وحدي .. كان معي "جاك" عميل الإف بي آي، و"كرانتز" القاتلة المأجورة، وذلك في محاولة لمنع المزيد من جرائم الق
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Jean
"A worthy successor to The Da Vinci Code," says Liz Smith of the New Yor Post and I agree. It is a well written mystery that keeps me turning pages. There are several characters and it is easy to keep track of all of them, because they are all interesting. The plot is will thought out - keeps one wondering to the last pages. I'd read another of Mr. Archers books based on how much I've enjoyed this one.
Haider Hussain
A pretty average story by the master storyteller. What irritated me the most was that characters were either not well developed, or simply blown out of proportion (like the banker Bryce Fenston, who seemed like a Villain in a James Bond movie; too evil to be real). Plot is made a little too straightforward. Having said that, I give it 3 just because it helped me passing the weekend peacefully.
Anubhav
False Impression is a mystery novel by English author Jeffrey Archer, first published in February 2005 by Macmillan (ISBN 1405032553). The novel was published in several countries, including Brazil, where it was first released in 2007 by Bertrand Brasil.

False Impression concerns an international journey through several countries and continents, including London, New York, Bucharest and Tokyo, and includes historical information about the September 11 attacks on New York, which the protagonist, A
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John Koshak
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Teri Cooper
A trashy and easy read, this book won't hurt your brain after a busy day at the office. It is fast paced and full of unpleasant characters, and although it drifted too much towards the predictable as it wore on, I did enjoy zipping through great handfuls of pages each night. Fun and a bit silly. 3 stars.
Julia Mukuddem
ahhhh, another brilliant story by master storyteller, jeffrey archer.

i particularly liked this story, as it was all about art, a subject i love.

riveting, fast paced and spellbinding, right until the end ...
John Matsui
An interesting read. With a backdrop of 9/11, the story follows the adventures of Ann, an art expert, who tries to set things right after her boss has manoeuvred to take all the riches from inattentive old money families through an elaborate loans and collateral system. The loans all have a clause demanding immediate payment upon the death of the principal. That's when the heads of the families start to die which triggers the instant seizure of artwork worth many times the loan which had been se ...more
Nurul
thanks to my friend to lend me this book.
it opened up my mind about the world of precious arts even though i felt that human really fool since they are fighting about paintings. that is a hobby that can only be pursued by those who have extra money and don't know where to spend it. i also got to know about Ceausescu's rebel in Romania; an event where i didn't even ever heard of it.
the plot was okay and the connection between characters were well threaded. however, i think the resolution was to
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Anish
I had a lot of expectations for this book before I started reading it. After starting reading it was boring for the first few chapters until the one having the 9/11 attacks. The real action started soon and it went on really well for almost the whole book. Though there were several twists and turns most of them were an integral part of the book. I did not like the protagonist Anna and antagonist Fenston. Jack and Krantz were among the few good characters in the book but the character that held m ...more
Maynard
Good read featuring greed driven by a passion to possess art.
Alison Cairns
Lives up to Jeffrey Archer's usual high standard - never disappoints
Ken
Mar 22, 2012 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Archer fans
Plenty of suspense with a real locations and a little fact thrown in
Jim B
Jeffrey Archer continues to write enjoyable suspense tales, this one taking us into the world of high end art dealers and international collectors. Written in 2006, this story also makes use of the unique circumstances in New York at 9/11, and ties back to the fall of Romanian Nicolae Ceaușescu.

If you do not enjoy violence, be warned: there's a lot of expert throat-slitting in this story line. If you enjoy last second reversals of fortune that keep you on the edge of your chair wondering "how wi
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Rick
Hadn't really read Jeffrey Archer before, but I'll certainly be checking out more of his stuff soon. This was a really enjoyable story that used the events on 9-11 as it's backdrop. His description of our protagonist making her escape from the 86th fool of the North tower was riveting. Then, the main story unfolding regarding a murder in England and the race to obtain a highly valued Van Gogh painting........really good stuff. Lots of little twists and turns with a villain that lacked even a shr ...more
Helen
Really enjoyed this book!
Laura
This is the first Jeffrey Archer novel I've read, though I've long been a huge fan of his short stories. I was a bit surprised to find the novel more... pop-y than I expected. (That's not very clear. The best adjective I can come up with is "Dan Brown-y," but that's a bit more unkind than I intend.) The story was full of slightly cheap thrills and most of the characters were a bit cartoonish.

That being said, I still stayed up too, too late finishing it, because I was really enjoying the fun, ea
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