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False Impression

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,556 Ratings  ·  643 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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 1st 2005)
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May 27, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I steer clear of books rated below 3.7 on GR. I tend to trust the masses. So when I saw this book by one of my faves and it had a lower rating than I like, I was intrigued to give it a go. I can't say I was too surprised when this started out as a solid 1 star and all I could think was, "How am I going to give one of my favorite authors a 1 star rating?" Thankfully it picks it. I ended up liking this. I love how his mind works and how he translates that on to a page.

I enjoy the characters that
Oct 25, 2010 Richa rated it really liked it
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Mar 11, 2016 Tol21 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To αίνιγμα του Βαν Γκογκ...
Ο τίτλος του βιβλίου είναι παραπλανητικός: Περίμενα ότι έχει να κάνει με κάποιο κρυμμένο μήνυμα ή γρίφο στον πίνακα του Ολλανδού ζωγράφου. Το ότι ο συγγραφέας τοποθέτησε την τρομακτική επίθεση της 11ης Σεπτεμβρίου στην Νέα Υόρκη ήταν περιττό χωρίς να υπάρχει ιδιαίτερος λόγος. Απλά με αυτό, ήθελε να κεντρίσει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη στην αρχή του βιβλίου. Πάντως, όλο το βιβλίο είχε να κάνει με ανθρωποκυνηγητό μεταξύ των πρωταγωνιστών για το ποιος θα προλάβει τον πίν
Karen Field
Mar 25, 2009 Karen Field rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
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
May 16, 2011 Lucas rated it it was ok
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
Aug 10, 2015 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Archer writes the best soaps. This one, a stand-alone, involves a painting by Van Gogh, the family that owns the painting, an evil banker, and an art expert who, at first, seems out of her milieu in dealing with dastardly banker. Throw in 9-11 and you’ve got a roller coaster ride that takes you from New York to the UK to Europe and Japan. The novel starts with evil banker firing the art expert because she advised the Van Gogh owner against the banker’s interest. Just as she is leaving he ...more
The major focus of False Impression is the ownership, theft and the difficult retrieval of a valuable Van Gogh painting. Archer began his narrative with the terrifying escape from high atop the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, but does not relate this to the terrorism involved in the book. This earthshaking event was unessential to the story.

There are many twists and turns across the globe, as would be expected in an Archer novel, but suspense was thin. Much of the violence was
Patricia Ibarra
Sep 02, 2015 Patricia Ibarra rated it liked it
False Impression takes us to a fast-paced journey from New York to London, Bucharest, Tokyo and England to discover the mystery of the coveted Van Gogh's painting, Self-portrait with bandaged ear. Romanian-born Anna Petrescu, who holds a PhD. in art history, has to solve financial pressures that threaten her family estate into bankruptcy for the outstanding debt with Fenston Finance. FBI agent Jack Delaney starts investigating the murder of Anna's sister and unraveling the plot against her. The ...more
Toni Osborne
Oct 18, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Sep 07, 2010 Brendan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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
May 30, 2016 Gemma rated it it was amazing
I'm not awarding 5 stars based in literacy genius or novel plot, but because in terms of pure escapism I really enjoyed the book. I loved Archer's books as a teenager, even though my Dad assured me he probably paid someone to write them for him. Nevertheless, in terms of spinning a yarn, I enjoyed his books, and 20 years on I still do.
Apr 20, 2008 Jyv rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Fran Macilvey
May 05, 2016 Fran Macilvey rated it it was amazing
"False Impression" by Jeffrey Archer

I found this book by accident, and am very glad I did. It contains some of the most exciting scenes I have read recently, and combines action, drama and cleverness to make a most satisfying read. I've thought about it often since I finished it, wishing I could find another as good.

The only slight reservation I have - and it is very slight - is the peculiar deference paid to members of the well-heeled aristocracy, which does not quite tip into outright obsequi
Aug 01, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it
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
Mary Ann
Jun 27, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author, and will not be the last. A thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced murder mystery with Art history wove thru out. Great story & characters.
Callum G
Oct 21, 2011 Callum G rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2010 Phil rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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,
Sridhar Babu
Jun 07, 2016 Sridhar Babu rated it liked it
Anna Petrescu, Bryce Fenston, Jack Delaney, Olga Krantz, Takashi Nakamura, Arabella Wentworth and Karl Leapman

Bryce Fenston had an odd obsession for other people's Art Collections. It had been known for the people who are closely involved in the art world - auction houses, leading galleries and private dealers - that Fenston was amassing great Impressi
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Mar 30, 2016 Mary Cushnie-Mansour rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookd-2016
False Impression is the first book of Jeffrey Archer that I have read. Archer weaves a good story around real events. In False Impression, he takes us into the world of Art, murder, and greed. Anna Petrescu knows all about art. She is an honest, hard working young woman, who, unfortunately, is working for a not so honest man, Fenston. Fenston has a thirst for fine art, and will do anything to get his hands on the pieces he wants. Fenston owns a bank and he preys on the rich that have gotten them ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is Archer’s first novel following the three volumes of prison diaries he wrote in jail after being convicted of perjury. For those who have read some of his earlier work, this offering in no way matches his previous novels such as "Kane and Abel" and "Not a Penney More, Not a Penny Less", but it is still a good, fast paced crime story. It is a tale of an international art theft told in the context of the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11.

Dr Anna Petrescue an art expert
Melanie Griffin
Jul 14, 2015 Melanie Griffin rated it it was ok
This book disappointed me. I've read a few of Archer's short stories and thought they were decent, but this was sloppy and not very believable. You know, one of those scenes where the person who had surgery for a gunshot wound in their shoulder is pole-vaulting eight feet off the floor and through a window and then crab-crawling a hundred yards . . . four days after surgery. Right.

There is a lot of "running" and "dashing" about, and people regularly "burst out laughing," even twice on one page.
Frank Cardenas
Jul 16, 2016 Frank Cardenas rated it really liked it
I loved it, books about art that help you make up for your lack of knowledge on this area are a must for me and to start with, that was a great choice of genre. The good and bad characters are all fully developed and they accompany the murderous steal of a Van Gogh original portrait as the chase story takes you from NY to Bucharest, London and Japan. Lady Victorias crime scene at the beginning invites you to keep reading to find out about the reasons for the murder and the ruthlessness of the cr ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Samyann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2011 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2014 Noha El-Shami rated it really liked it
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
Clare Hudson
Jan 30, 2016 Clare Hudson rated it it was ok
Page turner - predictable but riveting - totally unbelievable plot - weak characters with no real depth - lunatic assassin overcome by 2 women at the end.... really! Don't bother, to be honest, Archer's books used to be so much better than this .... maybe he's lost his touch!!

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 IM
Aug 15, 2010 Jean rated it really liked it
"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.
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
May 17, 2015 Levent Mollamustafaoglu rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Archer is looking into the world of Art and the handling of masterpieces. The background to the story is the 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S.Just before that fateful day, Art consultant Dr. Petrescu is preparing her advice to one of the clients of her firm. What she doesn't know is that her boss Fenston has sent an assassin to eliminate the client so as to lay a claim to her fortune of valuable paintings. When she has a conflict of opinion with her bus, oblivious of what is happening in ...more
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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