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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  23,236 ratings  ·  645 reviews
The conned: an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life's fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe!!

A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.

With nothing left to lose four strangers are abo
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Published May 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1976)
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Tea Jovanović
Britanci su po ovom romanu snimili vrhunsku seriju... davno, davno...
Jeffrey Archer's first book and a grossly over-rated one at that. Although Archer can write well - I was not much impressed by the plot. Four people swindled by a rich man. But he is so rich (several hundred million rich) that the amount he swindled them out of (a quarter of a million each) hardly seems worth the effort!

They make a mutual pledge to get the money back - and each must devise a scheme for doing so. But the feckless "hero" of the book (presumably based on Archer himself) hasn't a cl
Oct 27, 2011 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anne by: Gretchen
Shelves: rereadable
I come by my love of mysteries and thrillers naturally, as both my mother and grandmother are addicts of such books. This book was among their highly recommended reads. I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time around a few years ago, and it was just as much fun this time.

The story features a Bernie Madoff-type villain named Harvey Metcalfe who, despite all his previously ill-gotten millions, takes the opportunity to con a few naive investors in a stock market scam. Among his latest victims is an A
Ian Cantankeroo-Gazan
Jeffrey Archer: The Truth?

A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And, now, a hunted man. Fiction or autobiography ("Jeffrey Archer: The Truth?"), you be the judge. And if the author doesn't like the answer, he can sue us for everything we've got, not a penny more, not a penny less.*

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I have come to admire Jeffrey Archer and his works. The attention to detail he gives to his characters is something I love. They seem real and NOT dipped in frivolity. Every detail seems to serve a purpose to propel the story.

This was his very first novel and it was an enjoyable read at that. The story made me smile at the extremes some will go to in order to get what they want/need. However improbable this story may have been, I liked that it exacted revenge in a gentlemanly way. It was smart
This was his first novel and a very critically acclaimed one, turned in to a TV series and a movie too. Though his list of bestsellers is long , this one according to me, holds the top spot [OK.. Kane And Abel ties with it for the first place :) ]
Though his later day novels turned in to kind of similar concepts predictable twists and turns , his earlier works were really, really good. Archer knows how to hold the attention of the reader with right amount of surprises at the right time and its ve
Rinn Ramli
Masa zaman belajar dulu, kawan sekelas aku sorang ni suka collect buku Jeffrey Archer. She recommended me this book and I'm hooked with Jeffrey Archer's books. Not A Penny More, Not Penny Less diterbitkan sekitar 1974. So bila baca buku ni mesti membayangkan suasana dan prasarana sekitar tahun2 yang begitu lah. Tak der alat komunikasi moden.

Harvey Metcalfe adalah businesman yang mengumpulkan kekayaan dengan cara 'mengenakan' orang. Ada 4 orang yang sudah 'terkena' dengan Harvey Metcalfe ni deci
I really enjoyed this one (on audio). It's an old book (1974) with some references to marrying the bonny Prince Charles - then a bachelor. Still, it stands the test of time with its crooks and deceit. Lots of fun on the road.
I am an amateur reader starting with couple of ones from Lee Child, Fredrick Forsyth. I was given a collection of Jeffrey Archer's from one of my pal. It was his suggestion to start with "Not a penny more, not a penny less", after getting exhausted with Fredrick Forsyth "The Afghan", I got myself into a state of tireless after reading 'Not a penny more, not a penny less'. My three words to describe this novel would be awesome, splendid and fantabulous. Archer, in this work had concentrated only ...more
Aug 21, 2013 jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: travelers
Recommended to jim by: Brooke
This book (and its author) were wholly unknown to me until I was handed the book to read once a friend had finished it. I had very few expectations or pre-conceived notions of what I was about to read...

First, I'd like to note that this was a very easy and enjoyable read. It rarely, if ever, felt as though I was slogging through something just to advance the story while it still held my attention and made me *want* to get to the next plot point. This definitely made for a pretty smooth read, how
Ankit Agrawal
Of all the Jeffrey Archer books I have read, I have liked this one the least. The reason is simply because this was not a typical Jeffrey Archer book. Jeffrey Archer in his own words loves to write simple novels, simple fiction for everybody to read and understand. It doesn't necessarily appeal to people of any particular age group, like or dislike. His books are there for everybody to read and enjoy. He has himself said that he doesn't like to write anything violent, sexual or even extravagant. ...more
Am a big fan of Jeffery Archer and this book was completely enjoyable to read.Brilliant plot, humorous and a terrific climax. Its about how a team of 4 people claim their money they had deposited as shares in a fraudulent Oil Company. Also this book happens to Archer's first novel published in 1976 and was inspired by his real life experience of near-bankruptcy.
Adhy Kumar
In Not A Penny More, Not A Penny less, Jeffery Archer depicts the story of four men who get cheated out of their life savings through a false company run by a rich man out for himself . All four men are brilliant in their own special fields of work and make a pact to get their money back, Not A Penny More, Not A Penny less. Each person has to make their own plan and together they will practice it to perfection enact it, when the time is right. The person who cheated them is not an easy man to br ...more
Not a penny more, not a penny less.

Interestingly, well accidently really, I've read Jeffrey Archers books in anachronistic order. Having read and loved his latest novel last month (Only Time will tell), I was intrigued to read his first novel - which launched his writing career. A novel that thirty years ago had US publishers fighting to grab the rights, and which Jeffrey admits changed his life; but I guess $3 million dollars thirty years ago was considered a lot of money.

So with the luxury of
An elaborate plan to get money - in this case, to get money back, is the kind of stuff that Archer writes really well. I thoroughly enjoyed The Fourth Estate, and there was no doubt I was going to like this one.
The book begins with a bit of background on Harvey Metclafe, and as soon as you start to feel proud of his enterprising efforts, you realize he is going to con a few innocent people of a million, and he immediately becomes the 'villain'.
The four men who are duped of their money, are an
Ray Kelly
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is an outstanding first novel by British author Jeffrey Archer. It is an amazing tale of fraud and revenge. With a fake oil company and a few well places "rumor" Harvey Metcalfe pulls off a multi-million dollar swindle. Four disparate men are each conned out of their savings by this clever con man. On their own, they are powerless to do anything about it, but united they develop a plan to win back their lost money without exacting any further punishment than at ...more
Vaishnavi Ramesh
I have read many other Jeffery books
I wonder how I missed his first book " Not a penny more not a penny less"
A brilliant work with every character well researched , revenge with masterminding plans with thrilling twists in all the plans. However I guessed who Anne would be long before James gets to know . I would say it's THE BEST of Jeffery's work I ever read .
The conned:an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life's fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe!!

A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.

With nothing left to lose four strangers are about to come together-each expert in their own field. Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and penny-for-penny, destroy
dipesh singhal
It is a classic from JA. I have stated long back and left in middle. but I always want to finish. most liked part of book is twisted in last part.
Hahaha, I loved this book. I have been reading Jeffrey Archer's new novels and thought I loved his writing but to go back and read his very first book I now know that he is a really amazing author. I can't wait to start reading all his other books on my bookshelf.
Harker US Library
When a millionaire pulls off an elaborate scheme to steal money from other millionaires, it’s up to the conned millionaires to chase the criminal millionaire around to all his high-society haunts so that they can surreptitiously extract their fortunes from him and become millionaires once more. As a non-millionaire, it’s hard to sympathize with all these fabulously wealthy characters whose most important traits are their holdings in African gold and their prize-winning orchid collections. Archer ...more
Ruchi Gee
Very entertaining. The story is not told by a particular person or seen through someone's is told as if the narrator was watching the whole thing without taking part in it himself. The story is realistic and I think that it actually could happen to anyone who are not very familiar with the stock exchange. Archer maintains suspense in the story by not letting the reader know how each of the operations will work until it unfolds, and the result is often hilarious as we watch the unsuspect ...more
Jbb Lim
This is my take on Archer's first ever published book. My very first encounter with Archer is that I've read the "Kane and Abel" series. Now that was a bloody fantastic series especially the first.

During the course of reading, adrenaline never cease to pump on plots and plans on how to get back their cheated investment. Schemes and rehearsals were well thought off and how each plan was near failure whilst one reader can never expect that the 4 of them is able to salvage it in the nick of time.

Asma Qadriyah
Though I felt the beginning was quiet boring, I just couldn't be any more happy that I continued reading as after a while is when the fun and witty part begins.. I think it was more than ok-ok but seriously the beginning got the better of me.. Overall it's a good read.. ;) fun, hilarious, witty, thrilling, boring and a page-turner all rolled into one.. Truly its worth "not a penny less and not a penny more"..
Amanda Patterson
When Jeffrey Archer was writing at his best. Harvey Metcalfe cons four seemingly intelligent men out of large sums of money.
The Oxford don, the famous respected physician, the French art dealer, and an English lord are all swindled out of their life's savings.
They decide to find Harvey and get their money back. They have nothing to lose and they have been taught how by the best.
I recently finished reading this book and I found it exceptionally gripping, making me wonder why I hadn't read it earlier.

The plot starts with a white collar crime that affects four men – a professor, a doctor, an art dealer and the heir to an earldom, leaving them poorer by a million dollars. These four men then unite to plan their revenge, which is to take back the exact amount from the offender – not a penny more, not a penny less. What follows is a series of nerve-racking schemes to avenge
Nancy Thomas
I absolutely love Jeffrey Archer's stories. The characters are well developed. Nobody is all good or all bad. The plots are detailed but you don't get lost - there are always twists, turns, and surprises. A great read.
While it's nice and will keep your interest throughout, it hasn't aged well at all. Twists? Really? Where? I mean, maybe it was a great book with convoluted plots and all that back 35 years ago, but now we've seen so many better examples of the genre that it just falls terribly short...
This is one SUPERB book that every person should read. This book will take you into the world of con men where speed of thought and creative thinking takes its best form. Full of cocky humour and intelligent quirks this is one hell of a crafty book.

Pick it up, don't think twice.
Vanessa Wester
I loved this book, and can't believe it was first published in 1976 - a special year for me, hmm hmm...

Basically, this is a cleverly structured story about four gentleman who come together to seek revenge against a ruthless "clever" entrepreneur who steals 1million pounds from them. The way he does this is via an "insider trading" smoke screen - this practice is now illegal in the UK. Having studied business I understood all the tricks, and loved the way they were all conned. But, the twists kep
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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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“Making a million legally has always been difficult. Making a million illegally has always been a little easier. Keeping a million when you have made it is perhaps the most difficult of all.” 17 likes
“The bastard. It's bad enough knowing he's stolen our money,but it's humiliating having to watch him spend it.” 8 likes
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