The conned:an Oxford don,a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life's fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe!!
A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.
With nothing left to lose four strangers are about to come together-each expert in their own field. Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and penny-for-penny, destroy him. From the luxurious casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot to the bustling streets of Wall Street to fashionable London galleries, their own ingenious game has begun. It's called revenge-and they were taught by a master.
Review:The book certainly did not live up to my expectations. I was impressed with its hype in goodreads.com and bought it as this was the one of the first books written by one of my all-time favorites, Jeffrey Archer. The book was ok, not a book to go gaga over. A wealthy guy cons four people and these four people get together to plot their revenge. Archer's characterization is fantastic and his style of writing appeals to people. I especially loved the part when Dr.Robin Oakley cons Harvey Metcalfe. It was thrilling with a fine dose of humour mixed to it.
Apart from that, I loved the twist when James meets his future father-in-law who is none other than Harvey Metcalfe!!(though he doesn't recognize him). The final pages describing the marriage function and the group's encounter with Harvey are nice-read. But overall, its a pretty boring book with a leisurely pace that makes page-turning a burden. The initial pages and the lead to the plot seem to drag on forever.