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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
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...
Mansuriah Hassan
This is Jeffery Archer’s first book. And what a great book it is! I have read it during my teenage years and decided to re-read again.

This is the ultimate revenge novel! When four men lose their life savings to a wealthy Boston swindler in a stock market scam, how will they get their money back? That's the plot of this highly entertaining novel that can best be summed up as, don't get mad, get even! Their goal is to recoup exactly the $1 million they collectively lost, hence the title of the bo
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
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
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Sep 25, 2013 Ian "Marvin" Graye 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.*

* (view spoiler)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Abinav Athreya
Sep 03, 2016 Abinav Athreya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 09, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing
Such a brilliantly written book of revenge & retaliation. Clever story line. Riveting.
Dec 19, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was ok
(As ever, check me out on, where I have cross posted this review.)

I had high hopes for this novel.

Unfortunately (I bet you saw this coming from at least a mile away), those hopes were dashed.

The premise and synopsis were promising, if somewhat familiar, suggesting at an intelligent, finely crafted narrative with lashings of witty humour and oodles of barbed dialogue. The usual fare, for this sort of novel, but familiarity does not always breed contempt, and, on this o
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
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
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'
Sandy Millin
This was a good 'switch your brain off' read - not too demanding. Short and sweet, with enough going on to keep the pace up and a few unexpected twists.
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
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
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
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
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 .
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 .
Aug 27, 2008 Themistocles rated it it was ok
Shelves: lit
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...
Your pigs is so much better than our pigs...

This was the first Jeffrey Archer novel I read and I became an instant fan & his writing style was interesting..
Archer is the master of twists.
What a way it Ends.. Interesting and Gripping..

Can't ask more than this for a perfect debut novel..
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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.” 26 likes
“The bastard. It's bad enough knowing he's stolen our money,but it's humiliating having to watch him spend it.” 11 likes
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