The Ghost Writer
'An unputdownable thriller about corrupt power and sex' Sunday Telegraph
'Guaranteed to keep you awake' The Times
A body washes up on the deserted coastline of America's most exclusive holiday retreat. But it's no open-and-shut case of suicide. The death of Robert McAra is just the first piece of the…
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This one was a game-changer for me, taking thinly-disguised characters and events from real life – an obvious Tony Blair-type, fleeing prosecution for war crimes in a clear nod to the Iraq War – Harris wisely ushers us into the world of high-stakes politics via the innocent and unnamed Ghost Writer, hired to write a disgraced Prime Minister’s memoirs.
It’s a brilliant and clever mechanism that makes the reader feel at home. And when murder appears, puts you squarely in the shoes of a terrified man on the run.
As a technical piece of thriller writing, it’s stunning stuff. Harris’s…
All Robert Harris’s books are good, and many of them are huge bestsellers. This one is a particularly tightly written thriller. It accurately depicts the world of ghostwriters, and how their relationships with their famous clients work. It was later made into a movie by Roman Polanski, with Ewan McGregor as the ghostwriter and Pierce Brosnan as his ex-prime minister client, raising the profile of the ghostwriting business even further. I loved that he quoted my Ghostwriting book at the start of each chapter.
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