RUPERT THOMSON is the author of eight highly acclaimed novels, of which Air and Fire and The Insult were shortlisted for the Writer's Guild Fiction Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize respectively. His most recent novel, Death of a Murderer, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award. His memoir This Party's Got to Stop was published in 2009.
`This exuberant, demonic novel, beautifully constructed in its writing, is as tightly constructed as a cat's cradle ... an undoubted triumph ... It sticks, appropriately, in the mind like a hook' * Mail on Sunday * `Brilliant ... Thomson's achievement is to have put a thrillingly contemporary twist on the institutionalised corruption theme of so much popular fiction' * Independent * `Thomson has the storyteller's knack of keeping you glued to the page ... Impressive and compulsive' * Telegraph * `Tough, funny and scary ... Hypnotic and charming ... Painterly, he sets words against one another so their meanings seem to pool and bleed, making something new' * Independent on Sunday *