Frederick Forsyth is one of my favourite authors. And No Comebacks, a collection of short stories, is one of his best works. Jeffrey Archer, another favourite of mine too writes great shorts. But I would choose No Comebacks over any short story collection by Archer.
No Comebacks, is the first of the ten stories and is about a rich man who falls head over heels in love with a married woman. Unable to let her go, he arranges an assassination of her husband. And things go horribly wrong.
There Are No Snakes In Ireland is about an Indian medical student in Ireland who is bullied by the foreman at a construction site where he is trying to earn his tuition. Things go too far and the student decides to take his revenge.
The Emperor is a feel good story, one about how a henpecked husband discovers his passion for fishing during a long duel with the emperor.
There are Some Days…. is a gem. It is about a highway robbery gone wrong. With a serious twist in the end.
Money With Menaces is about a working man who commits one little indiscretion and ends up getting blackmailed. A great story, this.
Used In Evidence is about an old man who might have committed a murder, or might not have.
Privilege tells the story of small business man who is heavily slandered by a reporter. He finds that although he has legal options available to clear his name, he might end up bankrupting himself in the process.
Duty is somewhat different from the other stories in the collection, as the author himself points out. Although a simple story, you will find plenty of things to chuckle over.
A Careful Man is a gem, again. It details how a wealthy man who knows he is suffering from terminal cancer keeps his wealth away from both Inland Revenue as well as his relatives.
Sharp Practise is the story of a card game on a train – a judge, a priest and another man being the three parties involved. And it ends with a twist.
I have read this book many times over the years and it manages to impress me every time.