The Bestseller Paperback – 15 Jan 2016
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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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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.
Stephen Leather has come up with another engrossing thriller that at around 53,000 words provides an absorbing journey to an unexpected destination. Readers may think they have worked out the ending before reaching the climax but as they read on, the story takes a final twist - but you'll have to read the story to find out what happens!
His offerings have ranged from the short very gentle Inspector Zhang locked room mysteries; the excellent Dan (Spider) Shepherd series; the Jack Nightingale occult detective series through to the hard biting novellas specifically written as ebooks 'The Basement' and 'Once Bitten'. Those who found that for them 'The Basement' was a tad on the gory side will find 'The Bestseller' does not come into the same category; nor are there any vampires - I simply found 'The Bestseller' an excellent fast-paced thriller and would heartily recommend it.
The author has embraced the ebook market with fortitude and has managed to completely lasso the attention of a massive number of readers. His resilience, grit and varied style have kept his ebooks at the top of the Kindle bestseller lists since before Christmas 2010. His knack of penning a thrilling read from almost any scenario is indicative of his astounding talent and no doubt 'The Bestseller' will be well........a bestseller!
As a well established very successful mainstream author long before the surge in ebook popularity Stephen Leather was able to set the benchmark in what readers should expect from ebooks and did not come up wanting. In fact, from within his range of titles there is something capable of pandering to everyone's taste within the crime/thriller genre.
Hardly surprising then, that his latest offering 'The Bestseller' offers excellent insights into the world of epublishing. The formatting and flow of the text is excellent with noticeably absent typos - something which can be a problem with some ebooks.
This author makes writing and producing ebooks appear completely easy peasy lemon squeazy!
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.
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.
What disappointed me was the plot resolution. I don't want to spoil other readers' experience, so I won't give too much detail. But there is a murder, and a murderer is unmasked. However, I saw no evidence that the murderer was guilty because (despite a confession) I was never given an explanation of how the murders were achieved (the pure practicalities of HOW the murderer managed to end the lives of the individuals who died).
I was so distracted by this that the last chapters, which were otherwise powerfully intense, had a very reduced impact.
There is a lot that is fantastic about this book. I love the concept of Dreamers and Dreaming. I really appreciate that this is a world with greed, crime, different interior design tastes, corporate politics, youth, maturity, old age, new technology... All of which make it feel very 3D. Living inside Lief's head is never boring, and I always felt empathy. The Dream sequences are very powerful, and achieved a combination of fascination and disgust in me - very like Leif's reaction - so full marks to Leather for that!
I just wish I could work out how the deaths were achieved.
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