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Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

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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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Paperback, 305 pages
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...
David
Oct 20, 2008 David rated it it was ok
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
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Anne
Oct 27, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
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Ian Vinogradus
Sep 25, 2013 Ian Vinogradus rated it did not like it
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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Shonali
Nov 11, 2009 Shonali rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, i-own
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
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Rinn Ramli
May 05, 2013 Rinn Ramli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
Jan 25, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
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jim
Aug 21, 2013 jim rated it liked it
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
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Carol
Jan 14, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jeyaprakash
Jul 06, 2012 Jeyaprakash rated it really liked it
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
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
Heather Burnside
Oct 20, 2015 Heather Burnside rated it liked it
I read this book a couple of weeks ago but have only just got round to reviewing it. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed, 'Prisoner of Birth' a couple of years ago, I had high expectations for this book. Compared to 'Prisoner of Birth' it came as a bit of a disappointment for me. I wouldn't say it was a bad book and perhaps I was influenced by my high expectations. However, these are my views:
Four men set out to recoup their losses after they have been swindled by a 'lifelong king of shady deals'
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Aparna
Jan 07, 2013 Aparna rated it really liked it
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.
Chanaka Hettige
Dec 20, 2015 Chanaka Hettige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, thriller
At least two brilliant minds are there to illuminate a story by Archer and this is not short of it. Not a Penny More, not a Penny Less is another thrilling ride by Archer, which is wound around a stock market scandal which leave four innocent people with not a penny left. This triggers a story of reconciliation from seemingly ordinary four, which embark on a mission to retrieve every penny lost. The brilliance in all of them will drive the story forward with interest.

As usual Archer offers an c
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Adhy Kumar
Mar 16, 2015 Adhy Kumar rated it it was amazing
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
Chris
Jun 08, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sadaf
Feb 19, 2013 Sadaf rated it really liked it
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
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Ray Kelly
Feb 22, 2015 Ray Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2015 Vaishnavi Ramesh rated it it was amazing
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 .
Marilyn
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
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Yan Ying
Jul 30, 2016 Yan Ying rated it liked it
My friend Sylvia's favourite. It's pretty good actually, tho i don't really read English crime novel. I enjoyed the plot twist a lot. I don't know why, but I think... this book is so appropriate to read it in a dentist waiting room. Hahaha
Jonathon Hagger
Jun 26, 2016 Jonathon Hagger rated it really liked it
This truly is the quintessential English crime novel. The storyline plays out like a well written movie with the plot slowly revealing itself page by page in a nonlinear way. The interactions between the various characters are quite amusing. The historical background and events impeccably researched and placed in the story. A fun and engaging story with enough twists and turns to be delightful.
Srihari Shankar
Mar 02, 2016 Srihari Shankar rated it it was amazing
This was my first "adult" book if I may put it so . I read it when I was 14 and I really loved the book, and have given it 5 stars based on my memory.

I wonder how I would feel about the book if were to read it now .
dipesh singhal
Dec 24, 2014 dipesh singhal rated it really liked it
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.
Luffy
Mar 08, 2016 Luffy rated it it was amazing
Most popular books have durability but this one is not among them. Reason is that the last 3 chapters or so were stabs at comedy that went wide off the mark. Although my enjoyment and my remembrance of this book and my smile faltered near the end, for most of the story I pronounced it a perfect 5/5. I enjoyed it immensely. Nevertheless the plot in retrospective seems less clever in the cold light of the day. It was one of those books that don't have much staying power and cannot be enjoyed a se ...more
Wendy
May 03, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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.
Pamela
Jun 01, 2016 Pamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: british
The first book by one of the best story tellers writing today. And one of my favorites.
Aparna
Jun 12, 2016 Aparna rated it really liked it
Stars: 4.5 / 5
Recommendation: A perfect book for those days when you want to get justice for the wronged and enjoy it at the same time.

This was the first book of Jeffrey Archer I had read and incidentally this was his first novel that was published in 1976. The story is about Harvey Metcalfe and the four investors he had duped them thus cheating them of their money and profits. Seems to be a simple plot, isn't it? It's anything but simple.

The four investors - Stephen Bradley, an American profess
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Kushal Gorti
Mar 27, 2016 Kushal Gorti rated it really liked it
It definitely would be an understatement if I said that the book 'Not a penny more, not a penny less' is good.

Harvey Metcalfe, a monstrous don of illegal deals who turned himself from a nobody into more than a somebody; he now is a person everyone knows about ! He is the guru of deception. He definitely is the last person you would want to mess with.This Polish American magnate is one of the most disciplined people you could ever come face to face with.

Making easy money is what Harvey knows best
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Harker US Library
Aug 26, 2014 Harker US Library rated it it was ok
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
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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.” 23 likes
“The bastard. It's bad enough knowing he's stolen our money,but it's humiliating having to watch him spend it.” 10 likes
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