Cat O'nine Tales and Other Stories

Cat O'nine Tales and Other Stories

Book - 2007
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A collection of twelve short stories.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780312362645
0312362641
Branch Call Number: FIC Arche 3558ad 1
Characteristics: ix, 254 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Searle, Ronald 1920-

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Liber_vermis
Nov 01, 2019

Many of these vignettes came to Jeffrey Archer's attention while he was in prison for two years for perjury that overturned a defamation suit that resulted in Archer returning $750,000 (according to the Wikipedia entry). The story "Charity Begins at Home" should be compulsory reading for all politicians in British Columbia. The adage "behind every successful man is a strong woman" is demonstrated in the tale of cigarette smuggling "Know What I Mean?"

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Nov 01, 2019

… The Kennington Set, as [the cautious burglar] Max went on to explain, was in fact a chess set. But no ordinary chess set … The pieces were probably crafted by Lu Ping (1469-1540), a master craftsman of the Ming Dynasty … Three complete sets were known to be in existence. … one Captain James Kennington (1552-1618), a true adventurer, buccaneer, and loyal servant of Queen Elizabeth I … rescued the first [chess] set in 1588 … on returning to Plymouth, Captain Kennington lavished treasure on his monarch. Her Majesty … rewarded Captain Kennington with a knighthood. The only difference between a pirate and a peer is who you divide the spoils with.”

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