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Burlington and Darby are now suburbs of Philadelphia. He finds that he must sort out his friend's family affairs before pursuing his goals of clearing his name and taking revenge upon the four individuals who framed him for Bernie's murder.
A lengthy legal battle between himself and Nicholas' hated uncle Hugo leaves Danny Cartwright in the possession of over 50 million pounds with which he plans to expose Spencer Craig and clear his name, so that he will be able to live with Beth and his daughter. Danny is caught out by Nick's friends and is held in custody. While his counsel begins Danny's bid for freedom his accusers are all brought to justice.
Danny has another child and is called Nick in honour of his friend. Alex his barrister is made godfather for all his hard work in freeing Danny. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jeffrey Archer. The Black Count: Retrieved from " https: More Details Original Title. Danny Cartwright. Prix Polar International Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Prisoner of Birth , please sign up.
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What causes Davenport to plead guilty in the end? Charlie I imagine the influence of his sister Sarah and also Davenport felt guilty about what happened; whereas Spencer and Gerald didn't Pascoe believes that Leach killed Nick and it was not a suicide.
When he discusses this with the governor, he says he wants solid proof. Why wasn't this revealed later? Srinath Padmanabhan I also have the same question.
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Sort order. This story held me prisoner for hours! His vocabulary is too simple, they say. Plot sequence is entirely too linear, they say. Someone once said that a brilliant mind is known by its ability to communicate a complicated This story held me prisoner for hours!
Someone once said that a brilliant mind is known by its ability to communicate a complicated subject matter in a simple manner and without losing the essence. This is what Archer does. Through numerous number one bestsellers, and million copies sold to date. This book is yet another example of his talent and well-honed craft. Hats off. View all 11 comments. Mar 08, Carol Ann rated it it was amazing. I felt like a 13 year old reading the final installment of Harry Potter.
Other than bathroom breaks and a quick dinner, I did not put this book down. Jeffrey Archer is a master with characters, twists and storys within storys.
I am going to write a novel like this as soon as I can! I especially loved that the plot was very neat, overly so - are there really that many lookalikes in reality, who cares?
I loved this book and it covers evrything.
The author instantly became my favourite, I definitely will read his other books. Jun 17, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: In an interview included in my edition of this book, James Archer born said that this novel is a contemporary retelling of Alexander Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo.
Since I have not read yet the said classic book, I checked its synopsis in Wikipedia. It seems that Archer did a good job by using the plot but making it current by putting his personal touch on it. Among the different literary genres, I must admit that suspense thriller and romance are my least favorites. I love reading read In an interview included in my edition of this book, James Archer born said that this novel is a contemporary retelling of Alexander Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo.
I love reading read fiction, classics, memoirs and children's. Sometimes, I also pick up books belonging to sci-fi, young adult, travel, and history but I rarely read suspense thriller and romance. I think the main reason is that these two follow certain formulas and the author should only inject the plot, characters, milieu, conflicts, climax, denouement and conclusion.
One cannot deviate from the formula since readers who go to the bookstore know what they want. As examples, in suspense thriller, the issue must be resolved in the end while in romance, the boy and the girl should end up together.
In other words, they should have T"happy" endings. In fact, among the novels I've read, I've only read: For me, among all of those, A Prisoner of Birth is one of the best, maybe comparable to those works by Le Carre and Fleming. Archer is definitely better than Flynn, Ludlum and Grisham. Archer is said to be the British equivalent of the American Grisham. I do not agree with this. For me, Archer is better than Grisham.
Danny Cartwright is an illiterate man who is about to get married to Beth Wilson. However, on the night of Danny's proposal to Beth, a drunk military man Spencer Craig kills Beth's brother Bernie Wilson who is with the couple on that night. Spencer is with his 3 other friends who are all influential and the court gives weight on their testimonies in favor of Spencer. So even if Danny is innocent, the jury gives him a guilty verdict: In prison, Danny meets his lookalike Nicholas Moncrieff who is an ex-soldier and an only scion of a rich businessman.
Nicholas taught Danny on how to read, write and act like him. However, Nicholas is killed by a fellow prisoner and this gives opportunity for Danny to pretend to be Nicholas and see the outside world as a free man earlier than the completion of his sentence. What follows is how he takes revenge over the 4 men who has wronged him and his fiancee. Very engaging, detailed court scenes.
I have not been into an actual court hearing so I appreciated how Archer depicted in details the court drama. The prison scenes are likewise very realistic and in the same interview, Archer said that he based everything on his own experienced.
Archer was also imprisoned in for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Wikipedia My only question are there still illiterate people in London? I mean, in the Philippines, which is a third-world country, illiterates seem to be too few that in my 46 years in the country, I only met one no-read, no-write person so far. Other than this, this novel is highly recommended for all suspense-thriller fans.
If you love Grisham, I am telling you: Archer is better. View all 12 comments. Danny Cartwright , a humble East-End mechanic has just proposed to his childhood sweet heart Beth. Danny is charged with the murder of Bernie……a crime he never committed.
Despite the best efforts of his able lawyer, the young and relatively untried Alex Redmayne ……Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years at the maximum-security Belmarsh Prison. After all who would take the word of a grubby mechanic over a stalwart quartet of an upcoming barrister, a leading actor, a member of the aristocrat and the youngest partner of an established firm?
Sir Nicholas Moncrieff , who looks and behaves more like an officer than an inmate. And running-more-true-to-form, the rough and rugged, heavily-built Big Al. Nicholas bears a startling resemblance to Danny and herein lies the crux. When Nick is accidentally murdered, just a few weeks before his release…Danny with careful mechanisations by Big Al walks out a free man…as Nicholas Moncrieff.
Think like Danny. A page-turner with certain implausible points. He trained him in all the niceties and etiquettes which a Moncrieff should exhibit in genteel society. He educated Danny and even conveniently maintained well-transcribed diaries which proved to be valuable evidence in the later trials.
A post-Belmarsh Danny appears to lead a charmed life.
All the people he hopes to have on his side, unflinchingly accept that he is indeed Sir Nicholas Moncrieff, never once cross-checking the fact. While Danny Cartwright is a likeable hero, his transformation from the wronged East-Ender to a polished and articulate businessman is a little too good to be true.
At the end of the day, I enjoyed the cast of supporting characters: Fraser Munro. I particularly liked the miniscule speech Mr. Munro gives towards the end of his testimony: I can best sum it up, My Lord, by saying that it was an honour to have served Sir Nicholas Moncrieff and it has been a privilege to work with Mr.
They are both oaks, even if they were planted in different forests. In all, an interesting saga with an Indian tadka View all 7 comments. This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to all year. I suppose it reminded me of this author's Clifton Chronicles which I also love on audio.
Similarities would be the theme of a poor young man trying to get out from under the thumb s of the rich. Now, the more I think about it, the more similarities I see; yet this story stands on its own two f This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to all year.