Editorial Reviews. Review. “Masterful.”–Kirkus Reviews. “Spellbindingten Forsyths for the Look inside this book. No Comebacks by [Forsyth, Frederick]. Whether his subject is assassination by stealth, the cruel confidence trick or the cold shock of coincidence, Frederick Forsyth is never less than compulsive, the. No Comebacks by Frederick Forsyth (). A collection of ten short stories. No first publication dates are given, which is a shame because it.

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And so, the next Monday, when Harkishan opens his sandwich box and frederiick the snake Billie has slipped into it, he jumps out of his skin, throwing the whole lot across the waste ground where the crew are eating. Stories from the s The shallow effect may partly be because the stories are so dated. Thus the hen-pecked comeback stereotype who appears in two of the stories seems a creature from another world, and his nagging, blue-rinse wife in each case like something from Monty Python or a Donald McGill cartoon.

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I thought these ancient short stories were really good. When the contractors fail to break or move it and just go ahead and pour tarmac over it, Larkin turns from the building site, and for the fredeeick time has an expression on his face — he is smiling with relief.

Forsytj was so plain obvious the priest wasn’t who he was and that the other dude was playing him but the author had to drag the reader into an unnecessary court room scene and then the equally flat anti-climax. Email Address never made public. Torsyth copy is a Corgi edition and the lines you mention happen comebakcs be on page Eventually the meal is over and it is obviously bedtime.


They have been tipped off that this lorry will be carrying 9, bottles of French brandy which they are planning to sell to a gang from the North of Ireland for a tidy profit. So Chadwick is charged with common assault and pleads not guilty to ensure that Brent must attend the resulting court case, along with a prosecuting council.

The book is clever, and definitely worth a read. At a party he meets a stunningly beautiful woman we never get her name who resists his charms. Forsyth decided to write a novel using similar research techniques to those used in journalism. Now, through the concatenation of accidents, it would look very much to the IRA as if frosyth, Murphy, had hijacked their arms shipment. The description of the successive catches and hauling in of fairly small fish is told with documentary accuracy, typically thorough Forsyth and very enjoyable for readers who like factual accounts of technical processes.

So the gang of small-time criminals, led by scrap dealer and seller of dodgy second-hand cars, Murphy, proceed to dress up as traffic cops and pull over and kidnap Liam and his lorry.

No Comebacks by Frederick Forsyth

cpmebacks Don’t have a Kindle? I believe that anyone would enjoy you can short stories even if they are not spy enthusiasts. There’s a reason why Frederick Forsythe is one of the kings of thrillers. No trivia or quizzes yet. During the school holidays, he takes a rough construction job to save enough money for his next semester.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I will not leave you in suspense – Frederick Forsyth is a comeback novelist.

I started this one but didn’t get to finish it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Forsyth unfortunately tends to be far too technical with some of his descriptions.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. There Are Some Days when nothing, but absolutely nothing, happens to go as planned. Now the fun part. A couple of examples: Nutkin perfectly feigns horror and embarrassment and shame and says, No, nothing — oh how horrible!


I find this story seriously irritating. A fantastic collection of short stories, each with their own particular flavour. Nonetheless, the vigilante twist ffrederick The Veteran is imaginatively powerful, and the long final story about a cowboy who wakes from a century-long magic sleep to be reunited with a reincarnation of his lost love has the eerie, primal power of a yarn by Rider Haggard.

No Comebacks by Frederick Forsyth (1982)

Well done, right down to the last lines that hit the reader far between the eyes. Types from the now remote world of the s. Nov 26, Kelly rated it really liked it.

Sharp Practice is one of those familiar stories that you see time and again in crime literature, drama, movies and so on.

Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And the sudden ironic reversal at the end of the story looks forward to other unexpected reversals in Forsyth, specifically when timid or non-descript men turn out to have a powerful and violent Army past — notably the twist in the tail nno The Veteranfrom 20 years later which, despite myself, I found myself liking.

Some, like the title story, appear to be studies or sketches for full-length novels. He uses a similar turn of irony in these stories.