The Ghost

The Ghost

Book - 2007
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'The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now...' The narrator of Robert Harris' gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain's former prime minister, especially as it means flying to the American resort of Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter and finishing the book in the seclusion of a luxurious house. But it doesn't take him long to realise he has made a terrible mistake. His predecessor on the project died in circumstances that were distinctly suspicious, and the ex-prime minister turns out to be a man with secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, c2007
ISBN: 9780091796266
Branch Call Number: FIC HAR
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 29, 2016

Well written but the last third part was better.

Gripping read with unexpected ending. Hard to put down.

carrilis Mar 06, 2014

Very good, fast paced novel.

Nov 22, 2011

Economist. loosely based on post political Tony blair.

debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Harris wrote the screenplay for the film Ghost Writer, and "with Polanski’s help, managed to give new vibrant life to his crime novel, The Ghost, about a disgraced Tony Blair-like former British Prime Minister and what happens when the man he hires to write his memoir stumbles upon some shady episodes in the PM’s past. It’s rare to find such a compellingly complex thriller in print or on film, much less both."

Oct 06, 2010

I really liked this book. The suspense is well crafted and the book well written. I especially liked the sense of humour and rather sardonic turn of phrase of the eminently believable narrator.

Aug 25, 2010

A suspenseful, engaging well written thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book

Aug 11, 2010

I saw the movie The Ghost Writer which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I got the book The Ghost. I was totally enthralled and pleased that the movie had been true to the book. Of course the fact that Robert Harris wrote the screenplay was a big plus. I am now looking forward to reading his other books.

Birgit Armsdorfer
Sep 23, 2009

If you liked Imperium and Pompeii (like I did), you might be disappointed by this book.
It's a thriller, but I just could not get interested in the story, and it has its lenghts (e.g., was it really necessary to copy and paste pages and pages of a google search?)
It probably helps if you know about British politics, with background information it could be a lot more interesting.

Mehitabel Mar 05, 2008

Robert Harris writes excellent literary thrillers. This is one of his best.

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