A Prisoner of Birth

Jeffrey Archer’s A Prisoner of Birth(published by St. Martin’s Press) came out in paperback format about a month ago. Do not buy it and put it in your bag to read while you commute back and forth to work. If you do, I guarantee you will be so engrossed in the book that you will miss your stop. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s that good. A gripping story, well written (of course – it’s Archer!) and definitely hard to put down.  I have to admit that I can’t remember most of the many details in the book – I read it when it first came out in hard cover, but it’s one of the best books I read last year. I do remember that it’s the story of Danny Cartwright, an ordinary bloke who just happened to be out celebrating his engagement to Beth Wilson on a night everyone would love to forget. A fight at the local pub turns bad and he ends up being sentenced to 22 years in Belmarsh prison for a murder which he says he didn’t commit. The trouble is that there are 4 witnesses to this murder, all high profile citizens, and they all point the finger at Danny. Revenge and justice figure into the equation and eventually all four witnesses end up fighting for their lives. It’s definitely one of Archer’s best books. Trust me.

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