Aside from the fact that Jeffrey Archer is one of the many corrupt people in the world, who when imprisoned takes the liberty of shamelessly taking other prisoner’s stories, embellishes them with lots of drama and suspense, and earns some more money; this book in itself is pretty decent. What is sad though is the fact that out of 12 stories, only the 9 which were inspired by real life incidents were worth reading. “Don’t Drink the Water” and “The Alibi” were my personal favorite. The complexity of the plot, the minute details and the pacing was brilliant. It is the kind of story that leaves you with a huge smile on your smile because you feel that your time has been well spent. The other 7 stories varied from very interesting, to fairly decent to mind numbingly boring. The worst part was the 3 stories of Archer’s own creation. “In The Eye of the Beholder” especially catches your attention. I don’t usually swear much, but this is the kind of story that makes you think
Overall, this being my first Jeffrey Archer book, I am fairly impressed and perhaps I will read more of his works. Maybe his full length novels are better?