Book Review: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

One of Jeffrey Archer's most celebrated and memorable books, Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More is available on the Kindle and in paperback. Here is the complete review.

Harvey Metcalfe is an evil, evil man. The unscrupulous has many a bad deeds under his belt, but none were more drastic and blatant as that one time when he hoodwinked several people to pocket a hundred million.,

In a classic case of the ax forgetting but the tree remembering, five men who lost everything that they had to Metcalfe decide to get what is rightfully owed to them. But the hitch is this, they decide that they will scam the scamster, and take only what is rightfully theirs – Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More.

Archer's work is always a joy, but ever the Master Storyteller surpasses himself with this novel of his. A crime and scam novels to beat all crime and scam novels, every character that Archer concocts in this one is a memorable one, one that remains with you long after you have put the book down.

The best part of Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More is that though the subject is what gritty, intense thrillers are made of, this one still retains the old world, middle class charm that Archer is so known for.

While the center of the plot is money, Archer takes the path untrod to create a clump of characters that remain with you long after you have put down the book. The trump card here is Harvey Metcalfe, the ruthless businessman to whom the reader warms to.

A crime novel without anyone stabbed or someone shot or someone even suicide is a rarity, and Archer successfully tells the tale of greed, deceit, love and above all, character in a manner that only he can.

Archer goes a step ahead in creating a masterpiece of characters, bringing a piece of all worldy charm in this quirky piece of revenge. Revenge has never been so funny, witty and intelligent.

Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More is definitely a top of the rack book that should be required reading for anyone who has a love for the printed word. Whether it is a crime fiction fan or a budding author, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less has something for everything. Buy this, and make your book rack look beautiful.