Britain's former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns.
A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project - a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders.
The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill.
Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/07/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099527497
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Review by Devatipan
Not a bad read, this, but nothing this author has written since "Fatherland" has managed to top that excellent novel.
Review by imyril
Much better than the turgid film version
Review by Eruntane
I wouldn't say this is Robert Harris at his best, but it is a very good read. He exhibits all his usual talent for vivid and atmospheric description - his depiction of Martha's Vineyard in winter is grim and depressing and makes you feel as if you're right there - and his narrative voice has some extremely witty turns of phrase. As for the plot, it keeps you reading right to the end and leaves you slightly unsettled - despite his reminder that consipracy theories should be treated with the proper amount of scepticism, if this were a conspiracy theory rather than a thriller, it would be an extremely believable one.
Review by riverwillow
I do have an enormous soft spot for these books and this one is another great addition to the series and one that is perfectly titled. Everything changes for Harry when he discovers that he and Susan had a daughter who, for her own protection, Susan let with a foster family. The Red Court have discovered Susan's secret and kidnapped Maggie (quite how is a shocking revelation) and now Harry and Susan must reunite to rescue Maggie before the Red Court King sacrifices here. There are, of course, nits to be picked with the writing and the series, but Butcher is never afraid to shock and surprise his readers and this is another fast and entertaining read in the series
Review by ponsonby
I enjoyed reading this book, although I was conscious while doing so of a certain light-weight quality compared with, say, Archangel, which is probably the Harris book which it most closely resembles in terms of plot and characterisation if not setting. There's some enjoyable stuff about politicians and publishers, and the opening chapters in particular are very engaging. It flags a little in the middle. The descriptions of Martha's Vineyard in the winter are superbly done, and very enjoyable to someone like me who prefers the coast in winter-time. It's a cunning trick (which I did not realise for some time) to ensure that we never learn the identity of the narrator (which in turn raises questions about the importance of identity). Whilst that is obviously done deliberately as a play on the theme of ghostwriting I did wonder, in view of the lengthy historical background, if the joke had been carried one stage further and this book was actually produced by a ghostwriter. Surely not.