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False Impression

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,690 Ratings  ·  599 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 morning mail?

Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee?

Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting?
Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published December 1st 2005)
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May 27, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Field
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Patricia Ibarra
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2010 Richa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 20, 2008 Jyv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Aug 01, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
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.
Feb 26, 2014 Samyann rated it it was ok
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Laura Beasley
Jul 21, 2015 Laura Beasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Verla
A great book. Fast pace and interesting. The story takes place in London during 9/11 and then goes to London, Bucharest and Tokyo. The Wentworth estate in the countryside of London is in financial jeopardy and a financial man-Bryce Fenston- who is really crooked and dishonest is offering to help them out but all he wants is her paintings. Victoria is killed and her sister comes to the estate to take over. Anna
works for Bryce but is honest and tries to stop what he is doing. She begins her travel
Jun 21, 2014 Anubhav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Impression is a mystery novel by English author Jeffrey Archer, first published in February 2005 by Macmillan (ISBN 1405032553). The novel was published in several countries, including Brazil, where it was first released in 2007 by Bertrand Brasil.

False Impression concerns an international journey through several countries and continents, including London, New York, Bucharest and Tokyo, and includes historical information about the September 11 attacks on New York, which the protagonist, A
Pamela Fernandes
Feb 01, 2016 Pamela Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of Jeffrey Archer. And he spins this very well. Anna Petrescu is implicated in murder and in order to save herself from the crooked villain Fenston, she hatches an extremely elaborate plan that takes you from New York, to Bucharest, to Tokyo and London. The book starts off really well and is action packed. Anna does well in being one step ahead, Krantz is the perfect assassin and there are enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge. Jack Delaney, the hero, feels like A ...more
John Koshak
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Teri Cooper
A trashy and easy read, this book won't hurt your brain after a busy day at the office. It is fast paced and full of unpleasant characters, and although it drifted too much towards the predictable as it wore on, I did enjoy zipping through great handfuls of pages each night. Fun and a bit silly. 3 stars.
Marina Garrison
Touted as a book worthy of following up the Da Vinci code I read this book expecting big things and I've always liked Jeffrey Archer (I remember him from his Conservative MP days). While the story was interesting and the plot was about the art world, it was not as compelling as the Da Vinci code or Angels & Demons, and was definitely not as well researched.

If anything, the main thing that was interesting about this book was the account of the main character being in the twin towers at the ti
Julia Grundling
May 18, 2014 Julia Grundling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ahhhh, another brilliant story by master storyteller, jeffrey archer.

i particularly liked this story, as it was all about art, a subject i love.

riveting, fast paced and spellbinding, right until the end ...
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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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