A Prisoner of Birth

Jeffrey Archer

During the 70's I read several of Archer's books, but I hadn't read one in a while when I picked this one up. Archer is a British author and his books are usually long, but fast reads. This one was no different. The story is obviously a modern day rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo. A working class London bloke is challenged to a back alley brawl by an upper class bully. In the fight a death occurs, and our hero has no chance in court against the bully and his friends. In prison he meets exactly the right persons to help him, one of them - surprise - looks just like him. Escape and revenge follow.

A nice retelling of a familiar tale. Nothing is particularly believable, but the journey is great fun. Recommended.