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This review is from: The Ghost (Paperback)
This is a thinly-veiled thriller that comments on Tony Blair's post-premier career.
Former British Prime Minister Adam Lang is residing in Martha's Vineyard ostensibly to write his memoirs. However, the body of his ghost writer, Mike McAra, is found washed up on one of the winter beaches, seemingly the result of having committed suicide by throwing himself off the ferry. A second ghost writer is engaged and begins the task of re-writing the turgid first draft of the memoirs.
The peace of the retreat is shattered by the news that Lang is to be investigated for war crimes, having seemingly sanctioned the capture by special forces of four terrorists as well as their subsequent torture - during which one suffered a heart attack and died.
By working through the memoir and the package of additional archive material left by MacAra, the narrator begins to question the 'truth' around which Lang surrounds himself. Memory and fact are seemingly at odds - as are Lang and his wife, the formidable Ruth. Delving deeper, it seems that Lang has a far more shadowy past than that to which he admits, and could the CIA really have had a part to play in his meteoric rise to power?
Whilst this book is a page-turner, its structure is extremely simplistic, and not redolent of the far-superior 'Archangel'. I think the interest in this book stems from its timing; is this what we had all hoped would happen to Blair following his resignation? I don't think this is a novel that will date particularly well, and, being full of rather loathsome characters, is unlikely to elicit any sympathy or compassion in the reader. Ultimately, it's a question of 'Who cares?'.