A prisoner of birth

by Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Summary

If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson on any other day, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the prosecution witnesses happen to be a group of four upper-crust college friends--a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat, and the youngest partner in an established firm's history--who is going to believe Danny's side of the story?

Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years and sent to Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped. But Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer all underestimate Danny's determination to seek revenge--and the extent to which his fiancée Beth will go in pursuit of justice.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Though Archer's new novel is a porridge that mushes The Count of Monte Cristo together with The Prince and the Pauper, Roger Allam gives an award-worthy performance in this crisply paced production. Most challenging is that the main character thinks like East Ender Danny, but often speaks like the nobleman Nick. Allam slides gracefully between the two accents. He also performs the many voices of an unwieldy cast of lawyers, judges, Swiss bankers, guards, police officers, a bartender, a house cleaner and a soap star actor. Sometimes, Allam takes some shortcuts, such as giving all the judges sniffy voices, but he delights in individualizing the better drawn minor characters like Big Al, a former Scottish soldier, and Larry Hunsucker, a Texas oilman and philatelist. A bonus interview reveals little about Archer, except for his spending 300 hours on a draft. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Fiction.
Witnesses -- Fiction.
Social classes -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Paperbacks,2008
Language English
Description 618 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780312944094 (pbk.)
0312944098 (pbk.)
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