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Twelve Red Herrings
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Twelve Red Herrings (original 1994; édition 1994)

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An imprisoned man is certain that his supposed murder victim is very much alive . . . A female driver is pursued relentlessly by a menacing figure in another vehicle . . . A young artist gets the biggest break of her career . . . A restless beauty manages the perfect birthday celebration . . . An escaped Iraqi on Saddam Hussein's death list pays an involuntary visit to his homeland . . . How will they react? How would you? Twelve Red Herrings is the third collection of irresistible short stories from a master storyteller. Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the twelve tales ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.… (plus d'informations)
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Info:HarperCollins (1994), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Twelve Red Herrings par Jeffrey Archer (1994)

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  Ibrahim_Obalola | Apr 15, 2021 |
(2.5 stars)

I quite enjoyed Jeffrey Archer as a teenager, so thought I should revisit this volume to see whether the writing holds up at all as an adult. It's a collection of short stories, all of which contain a twist. While twist fiction is generally held to be a little hackneyed these days, it's not something I mind personally. When you know there's going to be a twist, however, it's hard not to focus on predicting it, instead of just letting the plot unfold.

Trial and Error
Long and rambling, with unlikeable characters. The ending is slightly different from the one signposted in the story, but I actually felt like the alternative would have made for a better conclusion.

Cheap at Half the Price
Another set of unattractive characters, without the plot or the pay-off to make up for them.

Dougie Mortimer's Right Arm
No real twist in this one, and not a lot of interest, either. Also, it has a first line that could've been great, but wasn't. When you compulsively edit a story while reading it, it's not a good sign.

Do Not Pass Go
This, like most of the stories in this collection, was supposedly based on a true story, and I'd very much like to hear that true story, because it's quite an amazing occurrence. Although the very ending is a little pedestrian compared to the story, it's nonetheless my favourite of the twelve.

Chunnel Vision
Predictable and rather annoying. It seemed like a short gag that went on for too many pages.

Shoeshine Boy
I found this one enormously dull. Long-winded and not much else.

You'll Never Live to Regret it
I felt bad for not predicting the first twist in this one! Quite a clever tale, that might have bugged me a little if it hadn't been based on a real life event.

Never Stop on the Motorway
Very predictable from early in the piece, but the tension was built well nonetheless.

Not for Sale
Quite a standard short story, but entertaining enough.

Timeo Danaos...
Another one about annoying characters. There's really not enough plot to make up for them!

An Eye for an Eye
Not a bad tale. One of the better ones in the book.

One Man's Meat
This one has four possible endings. I personally don't think it was an interesting enough story to warrant that, although some may enjoy the gimmick.

All up, it's a reasonable collection of short stories, but not one that changed my world. I'm not quite the fan I was as a teenager, but I'm not appalled by my past taste, either!
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
I'm not usually nuts about short stories. But this is a good collection. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Once again a batch of short stories, involving some mysteries, but most are on the edge of crime fiction.
This audio production makes good listening particularly as the narration by Alec McCowen is so well done. Each of the stories has an unexpected twist in the final moments. ( )
  smik | Oct 3, 2018 |
Sometimes all I need are short stories. Archer created 12 stories that throw a twist (or red herring) into the mix. One Man's Meat... even includes 4 alternate endings. I somehow always choose the sad sack ending.

Do Not Pass Go was quite a good story about an Iraqi man just trying to fly home from Turkey. Cheap at Half the Price was a little....ballsy for a woman but also made me cheer for her. Never Stop on the Motorway has been told before, many many times.

There were only a couple of stories that caused me to go Meh, but the rest made up for those. ( )
  manadabomb | Mar 24, 2011 |
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An imprisoned man is certain that his supposed murder victim is very much alive . . . A female driver is pursued relentlessly by a menacing figure in another vehicle . . . A young artist gets the biggest break of her career . . . A restless beauty manages the perfect birthday celebration . . . An escaped Iraqi on Saddam Hussein's death list pays an involuntary visit to his homeland . . . How will they react? How would you? Twelve Red Herrings is the third collection of irresistible short stories from a master storyteller. Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the twelve tales ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.

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