Some run for elected office in their seventies; others write books. Jeffrey Archer, 79, will be in his eighties when his new book – Nothing Ventured – continues the story of Detective William Warwick in a new family saga. Archer has not lost his touch; his new story takes the reader on a wild ride with fast turns and switchbacks as the characters pursue crimes in art and antiquities.
Fans of Archer’s Clifton Chronicles will recognize Detective William Warwick as the fictional character created by author Harry Clifton, in his popular and lucrative detective series. Archer now centers his new family saga on Warwick in a clever spinoff.
In this first in a series, Warwick foregoes following the family tradition of studying law to earn a degree in art history, followed by a career as a constable and novice detective. His police work is enhanced by his good looks and his intelligence, as he gets opportunities to prove himself in the field. Like all Archer’s characters, Warwick is easy to like and to follow, and the story pits him against a civilized and brilliant villain to keep the plot rolling.
Archer usually ends with a cliff hanger leading into the next book in the series, and he delivers enough of a tease at the end of this story to tempt the reader into the next book featuring a battle of wills between Warwick and criminal mastermind Miles Faulkner. Keep writing, Lord Archer, we can’t wait for the next installment.