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A Prisoner of Birth

     by Archer, Jeffrey

A Prisoner of Birth

In London's East End, an uneducated mechanic named Danny Cartwright proposes to his childhood sweetheart Beth. To celebrate the occasion, they stop by a nearby pub to meet Bernie, Danny's best friend and future brother-in-law. A raucous group of four young aristocrats begin harassing Beth. Not wanting to cause a scene, Danny and his friends leave only to find more trouble in the alley behind the pub. Before the night is over a young man is murdered and Danny is later accused and convicted of the crime. Sent to prison for twenty-two years, Danny shares a cell with a disgraced Scottish army officer who happens to be extremely intelligent, well-mannered and harboring several secrets. Thus begins Danny's lengthy and thrilling quest for vengeance. 

This is a contemporary re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Archer takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the worlds of prisons, courtrooms, financial institutions and high society. The action and pace is brisk in this tale of revenge and retribution.

Reviewed by bb, 07/11. Other reviews by bb.