Nothing Ventured is the first novel in the William Warwick series.
William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force…
This is not a detective story, this is a story about a detective
William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.
After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.
While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?
Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s number one Sunday Times bestselling The Clifton Chronicles: telling the story of the life of William Warwick – as a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph and tragedy, this series will show that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.
Jeffrey Archer talks about his book Nothing Ventured, the first of the William Warwick Novels.
"Nice to read something that manages to be suspenseful, well-crafted and simply entertaining."
"Cleverly plotted, beautifully written, with well-judged dialogue."
"I have read all of Archer’s books (some twice) and I enjoyed this one just as much as the others."
"Jeffrey Archer is in my view the master storyteller."
"For Archer to bring the fictitious character of one of his fictitious characters to life is sheer genius!"
"Ah, it's so fantastic to sink into a tale woven by Jeffrey Archer."
"I loved it and will await the rest of the series with impatience."
"This book is classic Archer with plenty of twists and turns and red herrings and it is all told in such a thrilling way that you simply cannot put the book down until you have read it all. A definite must read."
"Juicy, fast-paced read with a fabulous twist. "
"Jeffrey is the consummate storyteller and his latest novel, Nothing Ventured [is] fast-paced and thrilling, with his trademark plot twists and cliff-hangers. "
"A pacey tale of fakes, forgeries and ripped-off Rembrandts worthy of a TV crime caper."