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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (15 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956620353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956620354
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. The Bookseller magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Amazon has identified him as one of their Top 10 independent self-publishers. His book The Basement is one of Amazon’s most successful self-published titles of all time.


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Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first e book I have read, and I have to admit, I was hooked on the story. The dialogue and especially the characterisations were excellent. I have read The Basement which was another novella, which had the most stunning twist at the end. I didn't know what to expect with The Bestseller but I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a great story, excellent characterisations, good dialogue, then I would get The Bestseller. Stephen Leather is a writer who always creates believable characters, and usually I get to care about what happens to them in the story, which is what happened here. He makes you believe you are seeing what is happening, but then right at the end when you think you know "whodunnit", you are left thinking well I didn't see that coming.
If you want something to read over Christmas, or if you are new with a kindle, I would highly recommend you get this.
I absolutely loved this story, and for me, Stephen Leather definitely delivered another cracking story. Buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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Before reading this novella I saw that it had received mixed reviews. After reading it I found it to be a very clever narrative that explores the debate of e-publishing versus conventional publishing and of how to write a novel mixed in with the intrigue and suspense of wether an author is a potential murderer. there is action right from the start and intrigue and a suspense maintained throuhout by Leather's flair for a natural dialogue that makes the characters believable and for an easy read.
There is so much in this novella that makes it feel more like a novel and that makes it excellent value. It is a great easy read- just get it.
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By Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2016
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I like the Stephen Leather books from Amazon for the Kindle.
They are usually a cheap purchase but a good read for a weekend away. This no exception and I enjoyed it very much.
This novella is a tad different from his previous work and the characters are not as expected. Instead it is a good psychological thriller and well worth a read.
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If you are expecting the kind of story you would get from Stephens other books like Hard Landing and characters like Spider Shepard you will be sorely dissapointed. This is a whole new Leather. This is a book with many levels, a psychological thriller, a look inside the writers world from the point of view of the protagonist Dudley Grose the flawed writer and college teacher and his constant battle against new technology, Kindle etc. The antagonist is a pure Sociopath who hides a blade behind a smile. From the start the sense of menace is set with a night time scene in a marina with lightning flashes and the girl looking for evidence being cornered by the bad guy. It does burn along slowly but the tension builds to a big twist at the end, two twists in fact which I will not spoil by revealing them here. It does seem as if Stephen is experimenting with different genres and thats good, keeps things fresh and his fans on their toes. The book is well worth checking out, the dialogue is realistic and the pace flows along well but do not take my word for it check it out for yourself.
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While the subject matter was interesting, the twist/s in the story were well signposted and I was able to anticipate pretty much the outcomes. Usually it takes a bit of an effort to put a my Kindle down when reading a book, unfortunately I had trouble picking the Kindle up to read this tale.
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Both my wife and myself really enjoyed this book. I read it first and loved it, couldn't put it down, read it at every available time.
Finished it and my wife wondered why I was so hooked on finishing it, Then she started reading it and like me couldn't put it down.
Lovely twists and turns, and great ending.
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Where the Basement was simply brilliant -- that ending! It still takes my breath away -- the Bestseller is a huge disappointment. It was a terrific read ... all the way until the end when it abruptly took a nosedive and limped pathetically home. I think I can see what Mr. Leather was trying to do and it's a pity that he failed. I'd love for him to rewrite the ending and republish the book. I seriously doubt that will happen but I don't see why it couldn't and certainly if it was my book it's what I would do.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"You have to do it before you can write about it. You have to write from experience." - from THE BESTESELLER, and which poses the reasonable question: Is Stephen Leather a psychopathic killer?

"... anyone can publish an eBook. You don't need an agent or a publisher, all you need is a laptop and you can put your work out to the worldwide market ... now it's the buyers who decide what sells and what doesn't. So the idea of producing quality work has gone out of the window. Now all that matters is how many you sell." - from THE BESTESELLER, and which indicates that Stephen Leather, like Saul of Tarsus, has experienced his own Revelation on the road to the proverbial Damascus

"The battery lasts for weeks and I can buy any book I want within seconds ... It's like having the biggest library in the world at my fingertips ... Once you've tried a Kindle it's hard to go back to dead tree books." - from THE BESTESELLER, and which is one of several barefaced plugs

Author Stephen Leather has embraced the self-published eBook format as the way to escape the tyranny of agents and publishers. Though he may still use a brick and mortar publishing house for his Spider Shepherd series, he's now a True Believer in the electronic format, or at least to the extent that the new medium contributes to his income - currently 50/50, and growing, vs. the traditional print medium, according to a personal communication from the author. Indeed, THE BESTSELLER eBook can perhaps be gleefully imagined as Leather nose-thumbing the traditional publishing establishment by creating a "bestseller" without its help. Dude!
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