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The Sins of the Father

by Jeffrey Archer

St. Martin's Press | May 8, 2012 | Hardcover |

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On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy.  But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew.  An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.  When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.  Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: May 8, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250000971

ISBN - 13: 9781250000972

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The Sins of the Father

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: May 8, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250000971

ISBN - 13: 9781250000972

About the Book

International bestselling author Archer returns with his most ambitious work of epic storytelling--a multi-generational saga of fate, fortune, and redemption that began with "Only Time Will Tell."

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1     “MY NAME IS Harry Clifton.” “Sure, and I’m Babe Ruth,” said Detective Kolowski as he lit a cigarette. “No,” said Harry, “you don’t understand, there’s been a terrible mistake. I’m Harry Clifton, an Englishman from Bristol. I served on the same ship as Tom Bradshaw.” “Save it for your lawyer,” said the detective, exhaling deeply and filling the small cell with a cloud of smoke. “I don’t have a lawyer,” protested Harry. “If I was in the trouble you’re in, kid, I’d consider having Sefton Jelks on my side to be about my only hope.” “Who’s Sefton Jelks?” “You may not have heard of the sharpest lawyer in New York,” said the detective as he blew out another plume of smoke, “but he has an appointment to see you at nine o’clock tomorrow morning, and Jelks don’t leave his office unless his bill has been paid in advance.” “But—” began Harry, as Kolowski banged the palm of his hand on the cell door. “So when Jelks turns up tomorrow morning,” Kolowski continued, ignoring Harry’s interruption, “you’d better come up with a more convincing story than we’ve arrested the wrong man. You told the immigration officer that you were Tom Bradshaw, and if it was good enough for him, it’s going to be good enough for the judge.” The cell door sw
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On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy.  But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew.  An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.  When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.  Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and twenty years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Only Time Will Tell, Kane & Abel, and A Prisoner of Birth-have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Only Time Will Tell

"Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists and a surprise ending… readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath."
-Publishers Weekly

"What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred… An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran."
-Booklist (starred review)

"I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read."
-Daily Telegraph (London)

More Praise for Jeffrey Archer
"Archer can make you wring your hands in anguish and guffaw out loud, all on the same page, and he does in these fifteen ingenious stories."
-Star-Ledger (New Jersey) on And Thereby Hangs a Tale

"A compelling read…The pace never flags."
-Newsday (New York) on A Prisoner of Birth

"One of the top-ten storytellers in the world."
-Los Angeles Times

"Archer is a master entertainer."
 -Time

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