Jeffrey Archer’s inaugural work of fiction, first published in 1976, is reminiscent of the ‘Mission Impossible’ television series, where every undertaking is carried out covertly and using old-school methods, which range from detailed bait-and-switch to cavalierly winging it. This made it incredibly refreshing to read in this day and age of technology and gadgetry. It was additionally engaging because the characters were fallible, and plans were liable to go wrong. Said characters, having lost a considerable amount of money by way of what is known as the pump-and-dump scheme, got together to find a way to recoup their loses -- right down to the very penny, not one more and not one less. All the machinations contained herein are a testament to man’s ingenuity (or craftiness).