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I have read many of Archer’s longer novels but haven’t got to read too many of his short stories. So, when I found ’36 – The Collected Short Stories’ at the book stand, I didn’t think twice before picking it up.

These 36 stories, culled from his three previous collections (12 Red Herrings, A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver Full of Arrows), contain many a good yarn in plots that feature numerous trial scenes, business dealings and complicated domestic relationships.

These stories kept me turning a page to another until each one ends – a sure shot sign of a great book. Realistically plot-driven, thought-provoking suspense, Ironic twist end Witty, shrewd characters, politics in particular.

He is truly the best short story writer I have ever read. He takes his stories where you don’t expect, then somewhere totally different – sometimes in the last few words!