A Prisoner of Birth

A Prisoner of Birth

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fiancee up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two years in prison, thanks to irrefutable testimony from Spencer, the prosecution's main witness. Danny spends the next few years in a high-security prison while Spencer Craig's career as a lawyer goes straight up. All the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge. This suspenseful novel takes the listener through so many twists and turns that no one will guess the ending.
Publisher: North Kingstown, RI : BBC Audiobooks America, p2008.
ISBN: 9780792752479
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD ARCHER J
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (16 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Allam, Roger


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Jul 07, 2017

This is an enjoyable read, another Archer. After a bit, you can see what's coming, but how it will resolve itself is the real mystery. The premise? A young couple go out for drinks to celebrate one of life's happy occasions. Her brother tags along and then fate takes over. One of them ends up dead. It's got it all, mistaken identity, upper class arrogance, undying love, the problems of cold cases, the meaning of long-standing friendship, and much more. I am looking for more Archer.

Jun 11, 2013

*** 1/2 stars This mystery is a contemporary retelling of Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo. After proposing to his childhood sweetheart Beth Wilson, Danny Cartwright takes her brother Bernie and her to celebrate at a nearby pub. In the pub, they are accosted by four people. Danny, Beth and Bernie attempt to leave the pub without getting involved in a fracas, but Spencer Craig, one of the four that confronted them, follows them out of the pub along with his friends. A fight breaks out; Bernie is stabbed and dies. Danny is blamed for his murder in a well-orchestrated plot by Spencer and his friends. Danny is arrested and convicted. Sentenced to 22 years in Belmarsh prison. His cell mates are Albert Crann, known as "Big Al," and Sir Nicholas Moncrieff. Meanwhile, outside the prison, Beth is pregnant with Danny's daughter. Sir Nicholas slowly teaches Danny to read and to write. Their friendship grows closer, and Danny decides to dress like his friend in the hope that it will help his upcoming appeal. Danny begins to gather evidence for his appeal with the help of a young lawyer, Alex Redmayne, but unable to present the new evidence, Danny's appeal is denied, and he must serve his complete sentence in Belmarsh prison. Danny resigns himself to his sentence and cuts off contact with Beth, hoping she will find a new life without him. Then a series of events finds Danny outside the prison walls and plotting his revenge on the men who participated in the murder of his friend and framed him. How does Danny escape from the prison? Does he find justice? The reader must at times accept the plot twists without analyzing their plausibility too closely, but the characters are well drawn and the book is definitely a page-turner. Recommend.

Jan 12, 2013

Lots of outragiousness around plots and too much courtroom dialogue until the last word. 5 of 10 stars

Jul 23, 2011

Yes, it was a bit far fetched, but I loved it anyway. 9 of 10 for me.


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