"Cat O' Nine Tales" is the sixth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller illustrated by the internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle, creator of "Molesworth". These twelve yarns are so satisfying because they are ingeniously plotted, include richly drawn characters and have deliciously unexpected conclusions. They feature the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know as well as some more poignant and telling characters. Many of these stories came to Archer while he was incarcerated for two years in five different prisons, and so they have a prison theme. Others were inspired since he was released, but all in all they confirm his position as one of the best storytellers alive today. 'Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining ...Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories.' - "The Times". Praise for Jeffrey Archer's Short Stories "A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas. . . Unsurpassed skill...making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next."---"The" "Washington"" Post"" ""There isn't a better story-teller alive."---Larry King "Archer is a master entertainer." "---Time "" ""Archer is a terrific story-teller, and meets the reader's ultimate tests---to want to turn the page to see what happens next."---"Sunday Times", London "Probably the greatest storyteller of our age."---"Mail on Sunday", London "Jeffrey Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius.""---Daily Telegraph", London "Cunning plots, silken style . . . Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader.""---The New York Times"