Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mini ReView of THE HOLLOW MAN by Oliver Harris






Genre: Mystery Thriller
Format: Paperback
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
First Published: 2012




I have been reading more of mystery/thriller novels.  I found this one to be a little more complex than I expected.  It's not that it was dry, because it wasn't at all.  It's just not my type of mystery/thriller. I actually skimmed through a lot of it.  It's more of  mystery novel that James Patterson loves would read, I think, anyway.  Here is what the novel is about.


" The first in a series of gritty and original thrillers following cunning detective Nick Belsey from a rising voice in British crime fiction

"A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of contemporary London and a beguiling bastard of a hero-what a recipe for a great read." -Val McDermid

Waking up on Hampstead Heath in a crashed squad car, still drunk, with no wallet, no phone, and only a Masonic candlestick to remind him of the events of the night before, London police detective Nick Belsey has hit rock bottom. At dawn he checks in at the station to collect his things on what should be the last day of his career, but something in the overnight files catches his interest-a missing person report from Bishops Avenue, London's richest street. Alex Devereux-worth a fortune, never seen, lived alone-has vanished, leaving his Porsche in the garage and a suicide note on his desk. In Devereux's disappearance, Belsey sees a way out for himself: the opportunity for a new start by stealing the man's identity. It's a pity, however, that so many other people are looking for Devereux as well. Belsey quickly realizes that his would-be scam is about to be outclassed by a far more ambitious fraud, as the race to get to the elusive oligarch's fortune becomes a game with life and death stakes.

The Hollow Man is a tour de force of pace and plotting, and a vividly evocative love-letter to London. Oliver Harris is a sharp and stylish writer who has created a seductive, worldly, and cunning anti-hero. Nick Belsey is amoral and cynical but nonetheless deeply serious about his investigation, about a police officer's vision of the world, and about the quest for truth that haunts any good detective.
" (GoodReads)

As far as a police detective who drinks and gambles goes, this character is well constructed.  He's broke and lonely.  By far, has no ethics or morals.  He's a gansta mystery thriller hero character.

That's about all that I'm gonna say about this book.  It's well written.  If it wasn't for the writing I probably would have put the book down from the get-go. 





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