A gripping contemporary number one bestselling thriller from the award-winning master of the literary thriller genre- Robert Harris. Adapted into a Golden Globe winning film, directed by Roman Polanski; starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor
Robert Harris is the author of eleven bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and Conclave. His forthcoming book, Munich, coming out in September 2017, is set over the four days of the Munich Conference, and is filled with the real-life characters and events of the time. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.
Displaying enviable versatility, Harris, who first achieved acclaim with his alternative history, Fatherland, and who more recently showed his mastery of the historical novel in Pompeii, hits one out of the park with this dark paranoid thriller. Former British prime minister Adam Lang (clearly modeled on Tony Blair) is up against a firm deadline to submit his memoirs to his publisher, and the project is dangerously derailed when his aide and collaborator, Michael McAra, perishes in a ferry accident off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. To salvage the book, a professional ghostwriter is hired to whip the manuscript into shape, but the unnamed writer soon finds that separating truth from fiction in Lang's recollections a challenge. The stakes rise when Lang is accused of war crimes for authorizing the abduction of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan, who then ended up in the CIA's merciless hands. As the new writer probes deeper, he uncovers evidence that his predecessor's death may have been a homicide. Harris nicely leavens his cynical tale with gallows humor, and even readers who anticipate the plot's final twist will admire the author's artistry in creating an intelligent page-turner that tackles serious issues. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Retiring British prime minister Adam Lang is ready to start his autobiography, but his ghostwriter has dug up some secrets he wasn't intending to spill. And, interestingly, the whole thing takes place on Martha's Vineyard. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
A master of the intelligent thriller... The Ghost is Harris back on
sparkling form * The Times *
Truly thrilling * Sunday Times *
Robert Harris's latest thriller is more than a fun read: it is a super-duper, double fun bag-sized read thanks to his masterful plotting * Daily Telegraph *
A cracking good yarn... His writing is taut with wit and cleverness * Financial Times *
The Ghost is arguably the finest novel yet to have emerged from the so-called Age of Terror... This is an important book about the major issues of our time * Mail on Sunday *