384 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.34 in
August 27, 2014
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 125000098X
ISBN - 13: 9781250000989
About the Book
"New York Times"-bestseller Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life--but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface. This book opens a moment after the end of "The Sins of the Father."
Read from the Book
1"THEREFORE IF ANY man can show any just cause why these two people may not lawfully be joined together in holy matrimony, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.”Harry Clifton would never forget the first time he’d heard those words, and how moments later his whole life had been thrown into turmoil. Old Jack, who like George Washington could never tell a lie, had revealed in a hastily called meeting in the vestry that it was possible that Emma Barrington, the woman Harry adored, and who was about to become his wife, might be his half sister.All hell had broken loose when Harry’s mother admitted that on one occasion, and only one, she had had sexual intercourse with Emma’s father, Hugo Barrington. Therefore, there was a possibility that he and Emma could be the offspring of the same father.At the time of her dalliance with Hugo Barrington, Harry’s mother had been walking out with Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked at Barrington’s Shipyard. Despite the fact that Maisie had married Arthur soon afterward, the priest refused to proceed with Harry and Emma’s wedding while there was a possibility it might contravene the church’s ancient laws on consanguinity.Moments later, Emma’s father Hugo had slipped out of the back of the church, like a coward leaving the battlefield. Emma and her mother had traveled up to Scotland, while Harry, a desolate soul, remained at his college in Oxford, not knowing what to do next. Adolf Hitler had made that decision for him.
From the Publisher
Jeffrey Archer's mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues...
1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family marches onto the page. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret, the third volume in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more.
About the Author
JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and twenty-two years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Only Time Will Tell, Kane and Abel, The Sins of the Father, and False Impression-have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." -Los Angeles Times on JEFFREY ARCHER"There isn't a better storyteller alive." -Larry King on JEFFREY ARCHER"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." -The Boston Globe on JEFFREY ARCHER"Archer is a master entertainer." -Time on JEFFREY ARCHER"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas...unsurpassed skill." -Washington Post on JEFFREY ARCHER"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 on Sins of the Father"You'll risk back injury just from being kept on the edge of your seat.... I guarantee that anyone who takes this book from the shelves will not be able to put it down." -The Spectator on Sins of the Father"A master of fiction...[Jeffrey Archer] can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction, such appealing naïveté, that you suspend disbelief, and read happily on." -The Scotsman on Sins of the Father"General readers as well as Archer fans will enjoy this unforgettable tale, which abounds with cliff-hangers that propel its intriguing and intricate plot." -Library Journal (starred review) on Only Time Will Tell"The drama of Harry Clifton's young life takes the reader to the edge of the cliff, where they must hang until the next Clifton Chronicle..." -Sunday Telegraph on the Clifton Chronicle series"What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age ta