A Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer

A Prisoner of Birth

By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2008-03-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 595 Ratings)

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International bestseller and master storyteller Jeffrey Archer returns with a tale of fate and fortune, redemption and revenge with A Prisoner of Birth.

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fianceé up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.

A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two years in prison, thanks to irrefutable testimony from Spencer, the prosecution's main witness.

Danny spends the next few years in a high-security prison while Spencer Craig's career as a lawyer goes straight up. All the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.

Thus begins Jeffrey Archer's poignant novel of deception, hatred and vengeance, in which only one of them can finally triumph while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail. But which one will triumph? This suspenseful novel takes the listener through so many twists and turns that no one will guess the ending, even the most ardent of Archer's many, many fans.


  • Page turner

    By yallcomebacknow
    A great read, fast, fun. Jeffrey Archer has done it again.
  • Brilliant

    By Rated poor
    A real page turner! Jeffery Archer presents a series of puzzle pieces which he brilliantly puts together for a very satisfying d’enouement. One of his best.
  • Courtroom Drama & Suspense!

    By Dolly's JoJi
    Love this author and style of writing. Hard to put the book down. Enjoyed it very much.
  • ,!!,

    By Pixman
    Deserves every star.
  • A prisoner of birth

    By Lh2os
    Exciting to the end. Had no idea how it would end until it ended.
  • Absolutely Excellent

    By Yohighness17
    Captivating plot, thoroughly developed characters, and meaningful prose. Highly recommended.
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    By Big Daddys Account
    Outstanding read with great characters, storyline, and outcome. Could not put the book down.
  • Ludicrous

    By JKSBoland
    If ludicrous describes something 'so unbelievable it is amusing' (which it does), I'd use it to describe the story. That said, I do agree with the other reviewer who said the book was a page-turner. It is an easy read with an interesting story. The constant twists in the story keep you engaged and in suspense, wanting to find out how each character finds their way out of sticky situations. Disappointingly, these resolutions are often not entirely convincing. Overall, as another reviewer put it, it is a reasonable book but not in the league of 'Kane and Abel'.
  • Prisoner of Birth

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Awesome....Great exposure to British law.
  • I am an avid reader...

    By Kdbcrb
    .... I read 1-2 books a week... And LOVED this book. A great read that kept entertaining.