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The House of Fame by Oliver Harris
  

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or by crook, he normally does get results the hard way. He is a most cynical character who has already appeared in two previous gripping books in which his struggle to keep abreast of the engulfing tide and keep both his job and his liberty, and have proven compulsive joyrides across the dark side of North London. He is still living on the brink as his new travails begin, homeless and forlorn when he is asked by a desperate mother to help find her missing son who was part of the entourage of a charismatic tabloid pop star. The journey that ensues proves bloody, cynical and engrossing and makes sin and corruption a particularly inviting mirage in the eyes of a character who is greyer than grey. Strong but captivating stuff. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

The House of Fame by Oliver Harris

Amber Knight is London's hottest ticket - pop star, film star, front-page, gossip. Nick Belsey is less celebrated. He can't shake his habit of getting into serious trouble. His career at Hampstead CID is coming to a dishonourable end. He is currently of no fixed address. But a knock on the door is about to lead Belsey straight into the hollow heart of Amber's glittering life - a world populated by the glamorous and the lonely, the desperate and the obsessed. A deadly combination. The House of Fame is a blistering joyride into the murderous underside of celebrity. The latest book in the hugely admired Belsey series, it sees one of the most cunning and audacious characters in contemporary fiction throw himself headlong into his most inextricable mystery yet, and come face to face with a ghost from his own notorious past.


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Harris has a terrific sense of place, hurtling between the wealthiest and most-run-down areas of London... The plot unfolds in a chilling and totally unexpected direction. -- Joan Smith Sunday Times A fast-paced thriller that is also nuanced and evocative...hats off to Harris, who has, once again, managed it with style and authority. -- Laura Wilson Guardian Non-stop activity is exhaustingly gripping, and Oliver Harris is punchy and perceptive. -- Marcel Berlins The Times Meticulously plotted, with a delirious, haunted, paranoid atmosphere. Belsey is an irresistible mixture of the reliable and the reckless, laconic and tightly wound... Harris writes beautifully... Imbued with an uncommon subtlety and intelligence, House of Fame is a superb novel. -- Declan Hughes Irish Times Harris has a rare ability to combine storytelling that has a freewheeling, improvisatory feel with a plot that has been long hours in the concocting... [Belsey] is fast becoming the best anti-hero in British crime fiction. Irish Independent


About the Author

Oliver Harris

Oliver Harris was born in north London in 1978. He has a first-class degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare studies from UCL, and an MA in creative writing from UEA. He has worked in clothing warehouses, PR companies and as a TV and film extra. More recently he assisted with research in the Imperial War Museum archives, and continues to act as a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. He is pursuing a PhD in psychoanalysis and Greek myth at Birkbeck's London Consortium.

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Publication date

14th April 2016

Author

Oliver Harris

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Author's Website

oliverharris.co.uk/
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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780224101875

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