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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...more
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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...
Anne
Oct 27, 2011 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
David
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...more
Ian Paganus
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
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...more
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...more
Carol
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
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
Chris
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...more
jim
Aug 21, 2013 jim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Sadaf
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...more
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...more
Wendy
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.
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"..
Aparna
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.
Themistocles
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...
Dipanjan
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...more
Camille
Feb 02, 2013 Camille rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camille by: Elizabeth Hicks/Butterworth
As long as I forget who Jeffery Archer's books are by I enjoy them a lot. The dialogue is often cliched. On the plus side they are epic page turners with thrilling set ups about justice.
Meghalai Sadasivam
The story line is kinda slow in the middle but by the end of the story it got really fast. A good climax and twist as well :-)
Paritosh
At first glance thought it was a good book to read. The story was good but when reading a Jeffrey Archer you expect material worth a Jeffrey Archer Novel and even more if you have read his best books like Kane and Abel. Though the story is good, detailed but quite predictable. The story is not like the stories in rest of his books perhaps because this was his first novel and slightly overrated at that. Not any big action in the book, no real mystery in the story. Story will not keep you glued to...more
Carmen
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Captivating, clever. An excellent read.
Devanshi Khetarpal
The plot was plausible but Archer's style is not at all amusing.
Rajkumar
Last 50 pages makes it a satisfying read.
Rose
Probably my favourite book of all time.
Jill
Interesting book of greed and revenge.
Nanditha Kini
Amazing ... as always. :)
Nancy
This is an enjoyable "buddy story" or caper. I enjoyed the simple plot and it is definitely a quick read that would be perfect for a long airport layover. But, one the whole, I found Archer's language just too simple and pared down to be interesting.

I know I would enjoy this story as a film. The characters are rather set types, but would work well in the hands of George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. I certainly wouldn't put it past Mr. Archer to sell this to Hollywood (maybe he already...more
Anway Pramanik
No fan of reading would ever deny having an intimate connection with Jeffrey Archer's style of writing stories. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is arguably Archer's finest work of fiction, although that doesn't mean to say his other work is any less. The story telling is very descriptive and personal, with a rather passive paced story line that takes its own time to develop into a meticulous web of stories that collapses on itself and delivers. A must read for all those preferring something n...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...more
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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.” 9 likes
“The bastard. It's bad enough knowing he's stolen our money,but it's humiliating having to watch him spend it.” 5 likes
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