An irresistible collection of short stories from bestselling author Jeffrey Archer An English lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. Another man, an accountant, realizes he's achieved nothing in his life--and sets out to make a fortune before he retires. And then there is the author's own favorite, 'In the Eye of the Beholder,' about a star athlete who has a fateful run-in with a three-hundred-pound woman. Some of these twelve stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including 'Don't Drink the Water,' the tale of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg--with unexpected consequences. Witty, suspenseful, sad, surprising, and unforgettable, 'Cat O'Nine Tales 'is Jeffrey Archer at his best. 'Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.' --'The Boston Globe''' 'The economy and precision of Archer's prose never fails to delight. The criminal doesn't always get away with his crime and justice doesn't always prevail, but the reader wins with each and every story.'--'Publishers Weekly '(starred review) 'Illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle'