by Philip Kerr
If you want to write a murder mystery, you have to do some research...In a luxury flat in Monaco, John Houston's supermodel wife lies in bed, a bullet in her skull.
Houston is the world's most successful novelist, the playboy head of a literary empire that produces far more books than he could ever actually write.
Now the man who has invented hundreds of best-selling killings is wanted for a real murder and on the run from the police, his life transformed into something out of one of his books. And in London, the ghostwriter who is really behind those books has some questions for him too...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/12/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781782065807
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Review by adpaton
Prolific best-selling writer John Houston [think James Patterson, Clive Cussler etc] is on the run for murdering his much younger wife: with him is Don Irvine, former colleague, old friend and ex army hard man who helps him escape the Monaco police - John is so rich only a tax haven like Monaco will do - and prove his innocence.Oh yes, John is innocent: it wouldn't be much of a story is he actually did the deed. But there's more: John pushes out several bestsellers a year under his name, but he doesn't actually write them himself. No, he does a 30 page plot outline and passes them on to Don and a couple of other writers to turn into books for him. Recently though John has decided to go back to writing himself: he has disbanded his writers' studio and is working on a new book, careless of the fact that this leaves his amanuenses in the lurch. Could one of these suddenly unemployed hacks have framed him for the killing?Not as stylish or good as many of his other books but it's still Philip Kerr and he's always a delight.