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

How does it feel when you lose your money? And what happens when you trust someone with your money just to realize that it’s gone? Maybe you should read “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less” to find out!

Title of the novel : Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.

Author : Jeffrey Archer

Penned by Jeffrey Archer in 1976, this was his first novel.  He was the Member of Parliament in the UK but was caught in a financial scandal. Because of the scandal he did not seek a re-election and turned into a writer. This novel is said to have been inspired by his real-life bankruptcy incident. Furthermore, as the tagline of the book says, “Don’t get mean, get even..” it makes you believe in it.

Harvey Metcalfe, is a polish man living in America who makes a big living and decides to make it even bigger by duping people into his well-framed con. He is a dangerous person and also an epitome of deceit. He hires David Kesler, a Harvard graduate to work for Prospecta Oil and sends David to London so that he can get investors for Prospecta Oil. Harvey resorts to grapevine and starts a rumour about the company to run a stock scam which involves bogus shares of Prospecta Oil at the London Stock Exchange. Many people believe the rumour and invest in Prospecta Oil and among them are Stephen Bradley, Dr. Robin Oakley, James Brigsley and Jean-Pierre Lamanns who have heavily invested in Prospecta Oil just to lose it to this clever lad Harvey.

After figuring out what exactly happened and how they’ve lost their money, Stephen takes charge to recover the money from Harvey’s pocket and teams up with Robin, James and Jean-Pierre. The men are all masters of their own field and teach Harvey a lesson probably in the best way possible. And therefore show Harvey that he swindled the wrong men and pinch the crook for exactly what they had lost – Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.

This novel is excellently written and is an absolute page turner. It is Archer’s debut novel and yet he does as much as justice to it like a seasoned author would. The way that this story unfolds will have you hooked on to it. Archer has managed to hit the readers with the most terrific twists and plots. And the story will connect to you.  As a reader you’ll find peace with how the protagonists get their revenge and hence becomes relatable. It is entertaining and will not bore you. I highly recommend this to anyone who’s hungry for a good gripping story. It has to be a 4/5.

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