"Archer aptly cites O. Henry, along with Saki and John Buchan, as his masters, but the real model for these tales is the after-dinner speaker who wouldn't dream of taxing your brain after the long day you've had."
Despite the title, none of the 14 stories megaselling Archer (The Eleventh Commandment,
1998, etc.) exhibits here are abridgements of potential novels; practically all of them are expansions of paragraph-length anecdotes.
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