The Hollow Man

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The Hollow Man

By Oliver Harris

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062136718, 470pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Description

Waking up on Hampstead Heath not far from a crashed squad car, Detective Nick Belsey wants out out of London and out of the endless complications of his life. When Alexei Devereux, a wealthy hermit, vanishes, leaving behind a suicide note and his Porsche, Belsey discovers an opportunity a new identity and a fortune waiting for the taking.

Unfortunately, there are others who share the detective's interest in Devereux, including Scotland Yard. A dead rich man with suspicious financial holdings is bound to have some dangerous ties and a few ruthless enemies. Now, Belsey and his clever plan are about to be overshadowed by far more ambitious players with their own brilliant and deadly scheme.

Combining dark humor, dazzling twists, and a sharp narrative style, The Hollow Man is a tour de force of suspense and the debut of an extraordinary new writer.



About the Author
Oliver Harris has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, in addition to degrees in English and Shakespeare studies, and recently received his PhD. His first novel, The Hollow Man, launched the Detective Nick Belsey series. He also reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London.


Praise For The Hollow Man

“A knockout debut novel.”
-Charlotte Observer

“Debut author Harris maintains the tension and suspense from the first sentence to the last. His antihero is engaging, and readers will be rooting for him all the way to the final plot twist.”
-Library Journal

“Searing. . . . Readers should be prepared for a mind-bending resolution that hurtles down as remorselessly as an avalanche.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The narrative is buoyed by good writing and piercing insights. . . . And is our heel-hero really a study in conflict or a have-it-both-ways fraud, true blue under a raffish surface? That’s the real puzzle, and one thoughtful readers will relish.”
-Booklist