The Hollow Man
By Oliver Harris
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062136718, 480pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Waking up on Hampstead Heath not far from a crashed squad car, Detective Nick Belsey wants outout 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 opportunitya new identity and a fortunewaiting 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 brilliantand deadlyscheme.
Combining dark humor, dazzling twists, and a sharp narrative style, The Hollow Man is a tour de force of suspenseand the debut of an extraordinary new writer.
Oliver Harris holds an MA in Shakespeare studies from University College London and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. He has worked in clothing warehouses, at PR companies, and as a TV and film extra, and more recently assisted with research in the Imperial War Museum archives. He writes reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.
“A knockout debut novel.”
“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.”
“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.”