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Twelve red herrings
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Twelve red herrings
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These twelve stories feature people under pressure how do they react when there is an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, a danger to avoid? Each tale has its twist each its diversion - a red herring - to uncover, while the last one provides a choice of endings
These twelve stories feature people under pressure how do they react when there is an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, a danger to avoid? Each tale has its twist each its diversion - a red herring - to uncover, while the last one provides a choice of endings
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 4, 1994
    Archer does a passable O. Henry in his third story collection (after A Twist in the Tale ), though without that master's depth of feeling or irony. Many of the 12 stories here, all of which feature false clues and twist endings, are based on ``known'' incidents; the fact that the weakest ones are not suggests that Archer's love of plot may exceed his unaided grasp. The leadoff yarn, ``Trial and Error,'' for instance, an original but attenuated tale of a wronged man's thirst for revenge, kicks in only with its predictably wry twist. Also original but flaccid is the last story, which features four rather obvious alternative endings that the reader can tack onto an opening gambit about a man picking up a woman at the theater. The adaptive tales are generally stronger. ``Chunnel Vision'' offers a classic red herring by which Archer uses a jilted woman's revenge on her lover to divert our attention from the real threat to the lover's happiness. Similarly, the chilling ``Never Stop on the Motorway'' plays on our expectations about an endangered woman's plight. Written in strong, clean prose and ranging in tone from charming to achingly suspenseful, these tales, mostly entertaining but often slight, offer, like much of Archer's work, more craft than art. $365,000 ad/promo; audio rights to HarperAudio.

  • AudioFile Magazine Set in Great Britain, these twelve fast-paced stories plunge into the thick of things. Each tale is a pressure cooker of mystery waiting to blow. British performer Alec McCowen handles each of the stories' various characters with ease. The listener will have no problem determining who is who as McCowen and Archer lead you through webs of intrigue. McCowen's narration is clear and precise and the listener is not bogged down by his English accent. The sound quality is excellent. This audio performance is straight storytelling with no sound effects or musical embellishments. D.L.V. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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