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The Sunday Times number best seller

Nothing Ventured is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

This is not a detective story, this is a story about a detective.

William Warwick is eight when he decides to join the police force. Resolute in the face of his prominent QC father’s objections, William graduates in Art History from university and immediately enrols as a constable in the Metropolitan Police.

Gaining insight from his first mentor, an experienced, world-weary constable, his keen mind quickly takes him into a role in Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques unit and his first case: the recovery of a Rembrandt stolen from the Fitzmolean Museum.

It will take skill and tenacity for William to solve the crime, and along the way he will encounter many who will change his life, from Miles Faulkner, a crooked art collector, and his influential lawyer – who bends the law to the point of breaking – to research assistant Beth Rainsford, a woman with secrets who he falls hopelessly in love with....

William Warwick’s destiny is set, the only question is, how far will his ambition take him? Thrilling, absorbing and entertaining, Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand new series from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer and introduces a character destined to become one of his most enduring legacies.

Continue the gripping series with Hidden in Plain Sight.

©2019 Jeffrey Archer (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed. I have read all Jeffrey Archers books and this was by far the worst. Boring story line and so predictable. Not worth the listen.

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Story was good until the last third of the book

How can anyone seriously believe that the crown did not cross examine Faulkner with all the evidence they had from the private detective and Scottland Yard or check his phone calls, bank statements or travels arrangements etc. to disproof his story?
The end was not believable even for as long ago as 1984.

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Brilliant narrator, captivating story with interesting twists. Good to see positive character traits like work dedication /passion etc

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Another Enjoyable read by Archer

Interesting ending for the story. Lost me a bit here and there. Overall outranks any other detective story out there

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Lovely expansion of the Clifton Chronicles

this is a great start to what I hope will become a series I will enjoy. William has just started which makes sense as the story is about the characters including what I expect to be the nemesis to come

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Enjoyable back story!

I quite enjoyed this! It is exactly what it professes to be -- not necessarily a detective case, but rather an account of a young man's progression in the early days of his profession, and all the people and experiences that influenced his growth. I especially liked his sister's contributions!

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clever story

not my cup of tea as it's focused on legal proceedings and policing, both of which I don't know much about and hope I don't need to know about. Quite technical at times, but I found myself relating well with the characters and forming feelings towards the circumstances that came up. Well though out, started alittle slow I felt but quite satisfactory.

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Typical Archer!

Such a joy to read! And in the usual Archer style,he delivers the cliffhanger and the end

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Great Story until last bit.

A really good story that kept me coming back. The narration was well done too.

However, during the last phase, outcomes become a little untangled & unbelievable in the author’s effort to keep the criminal nemesis in play. Obviously it has been set up to be the first book of another series.

Dare I suggest another new ‘badie’ character replace the last one altogether. Having to put up with another Lady Virginia &/or Fischer type character is a little ho hum especially as Jeffrey Archer has already done it in his last series.

Jeffrey Archer is better that.


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  • Kirstine
  • 09-10-19

Cracking start to the new series

I really enjoyed the author's Clifton Chronicles series and so was delighted to learn of this new one. It certainly doesn't disappoint. Two compelling stories captured my attention and kept me engrossed. Stories that combine topics that Mr Archer knows about: art, court cases and prisons. The book ends with a cliff-hanger so I hope that the author is hard at work on book 2.
The narrator is excellent. One tend to not notice when a narrator is good yet a poor one can ruin and otherwise good book.

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  • 09-18-19

Brilliant Entertainment

Couldn't stop listening. Exceptional well plotted story. Impressive reading. An absolut Joy to have in my audio collection.

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  • Mike Bowen
  • 09-17-19

Excellent, brilliantly told and a twist. Fantastic

Loved this book by Jeffrey Archer. Skillfully written, beautifully told. It was difficult to hit the pause button each day. A must read. can't wait for the next book.

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  • Guy Bamber
  • 09-20-19

excellent as usual

excellent story as usual from JA. Read superbly and every twist and turn was clear to understand 5star !

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  • jackie2735
  • 09-17-19

Another brilliant Book

yet another great book with an interesting story line and a refreshing change for a 'detective' novel to focus more on the characters than the crime. can't wait for the next go the series

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  • Ashley Stagg
  • 09-21-19

Jeffery Archer does it again

Great audible easy to follow that keeps you gripped until the end! Hope this is not the end and there is a sequel.

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  • Chris Pearce-Ramwell
  • 09-17-19

The master storyteller strikes again

I remember being captivated by the Clifton Chronicles culminating in some unmanly snivelling at the end of the last book. Nothing ventured took me on a fast paced journey with enough twists and variety to keep me fully entertained throughout. If there was a criticism I felt that some descriptions were somewhat abridged. Overall I am very much looking forward to part 2

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  • Frances
  • 09-09-19

Still the Master

Say what you like about him, Archer is a rollicking good read. Keeps you hooked from start to finish and always a parting sting in the tail. Fans of the Clifton Chronicles will love reading the book that Harry really would have written. Sheer genius.

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  • Kate
  • 12-01-20

Can't get my time or money back.

Amateur story. No depth to the characters. Almost like an Ealing comedy but not funny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-19

brill

cant wait for next one. brilliant introduction to a new character and family. this could be the start of a whole new series

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  • Lexi
  • 09-18-19

Loved it!! So happy to have this storyteller back in my life!!

Omg I have missed the Harry Clifton chronicles and I’m so happy this new series has begun. It was every bit as good!! Loooved it!

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  • Allyson
  • 09-11-19

William Warwick

William Warwick we have waited a long time to meet you. So glad you turned up. A great introduction to what I hope will be many more adventures.

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  • Jean
  • 09-18-20

Enjoyed it

This is a story about William Warwick, being the first book it gives the background and no doubt foundation for next book. Easy listening and a good story.

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  • Brenda smith
  • 05-20-20

Interesting and defiantly enjoyable.

I have no curiosity for Art or Art appreciation, nevertheless this was not a problem in my enjoying this book.
I quickly came to like the main character, the story was simple enough in its content, which actually fitted with all the characters really well.
Some of the story line was a little predictable, however, it didn’t stop me wanting to listen to the end.
If you just want a feel good, easy to listen to book, I am sure you will enjoy this one.
I look forward to the sequel which is in the pipeline for release October 2020.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-20

Sudden ending

The book / story seemed to have ended all of a sudden. I felt it was only just getting into the depths of the story, then it was finished just like that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-20

Enjoyed it

Great, will await Impatiently for next book in the series, always enjoy this author. good to listen to whilst driving

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  • Millet
  • 11-03-19

Brilliant as always...

Enjoyable as always and great characters for the next series of books. You are left with the solid groundwork many future storylines.

Lord Archer I trust your upcoming winter proves bountiful in words as we await the next book.

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  • Francesca
  • 10-15-19

Always reliably good.

Jeffrey Archer is one of my go-to authors when I want a guaranteed great story to read or listen to. He didn't disappoint with Nothing Ventured. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Lesley Wilcox
  • 10-07-19

Good new read from Jeffrey Archer

Great listen with? a slightly predictable ending however looking forward to the next future instalment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-19

Started on a low and didn’t move from there

I felt the story was predictable. William was mediocre along with the storyline. Loved the Clifton Chronicles but this did not compare.
Wouldn’t recommend. Sorry

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