- 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: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,203 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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I found this a fast-paced and thrilling read. It's cleverly written - Leather brings one of his other books into the story and one character admits that while it's a brilliant book, none of the characters were likeable in any way. The same could easily be said of this book. It's a gripping read and the suspenseful story kept me turning pages, but while the characters were interesting and believable in their own ways, none of them were the slightest bit likeable. I don't always finish books if I don't like the characters but there was no way I was putting this down until I found out what was going to happen!
The story is well plotted and moves along at a fast, thrilling pace. I read it fairly quickly in one sitting, trying to work out how it was all going to end. I thought I had it figured out towards the end, but there is a really good, unpredictable twist in there which made it an even more satisfying read. This is the second of Leather's books that I've read and I will definitely be reading more of them.
Overall this is a brilliantly suspenseful, fast-paced book. Highly recommended reading for fans of thrillers!
Based on the premise of a young writer working on a book that describes how he's going to kill a fellow student on an NYC university creative writing course in the search of fame and fortune, this story has all the usual Leather trademarks of a gripping plot with witty dialogue, and the added bonus of an unexpected 'killer twist' before 'THE END' appears (as mentioned in the title details). The descriptive passages and characters are so well penned it's easy to believe you are there. The prose flows so well I finished it in hardly any time at all, yet felt completely fulfilled by the experience (not always the case with fast-flowing literature). Very different from the other books by this author I've read, it's a great example of his versatility. At the price it's an absolute bargain. Highly recommended; a murder mystery of depth without an overload of gory detail that exposes the dark, self-obsessed underbelly of the publishing world (in America, at least). As 'The Basement' is mentioned as a book written by the student writer, the version by Mr Leather is now in both my Kindle and my wife's for subsequent pleasure.
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.
Great to see Stephen back to his original style of writing as I had trouble in reading the last book in the series of jack nightingale.
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