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The Hollow Man: Nick Belsey Book 1 by [Harris, Oliver]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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"A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of contemporary London and a beguiling bastard of a hero" (Val McDermid)

"[Belsey has] got to be London's coolest cop... Harris has plundered London's underworld for his richly plotted and unusual detective series... It's heady stuff" (Daily Mail)

"Thrills, spills and fine writing" (Daily Telegraph)

"The book we have been waiting for without knowing we were" (Anne McElvoy Evening Standard)

"Suspend your disbelief and hang on to your hat, and you'll have a whale of a time" (Laura Wilson Guardian)

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The first in a dark, sleek and masterfully constructed contemporary London detective series, featuring detective Nick Belsey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (13 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OMIMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The advent of a new British detective anti-hero in this book, is rightly touted by the crits on the back. What stands out in Detective Nick Belsey's first foray is the way his creator Oliver Harris writes him. This is very literate clever witty and most of all intelligent crafting and makes it a joy to read. It reminded me a little of John Le Carre, except that Harris has the gift of making the reader gulp down the pages, where Le Carre forces the reader to be more circumspect. Harris has not written a cerebral spy novel, he's produced a cracking fast paced amusing read that will make readers want more. Belsey stretches moral police dubiety to breaking point, steals or begins to steal an oligarch's ID and money, finds himself in the sights of an assassin, undermines the authority of a police commissioner, steps over the lines of demarcation between the Met and the City forces, all the while of no particular fixed abode, having accumulated vast gambling debts, and imbibing much alcohol to create that temporary oblivion which enables him to steal and crash a police vehicle - and that's where the story starts. The penultimate denouement at Stansted airport has about it a Marx brothers flavour, which stayed with this reader, laughing aloud at its improbability, while measuring it by the obvious test - did the writer get away with it? And Harris did indeed, though he may want to consider avoiding this kind of absurdity as a comment on Belsey's world next time around, risking disrupting, as it almost did, the continuity of the grey in a new and welcome London detective noir. Does this sound like faint praise? It is in fact envy. Enjoy, all who enter hereon.
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This was a great read. I know nothing about the author and it was a random selection but the writing was really really good. Smooth as silk prose, some lovely descriptive pieces, some great one liners and I thought the whole play on hollowness - the corrupt cops, the seedy images of London, the lead detective's hollowed out complacency and gambling debts etc was spot on, zeitgeist stuff. Oliver Harris is going to go on to big things, is my guess, if he keeps up this standard. Only slightly quibble, slightly lost my attetnion in the last chunk of the book, as the author tried to wrap it all up and stay within those pesky genre parametres but hey, the first 3/4's I read in one sitting and that's a rare thing as I often have the attention of gnat.
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Although the plot twists stretched the bounds of credulity, this was an engaging and fun read which I found hard to put down. The protagonist is an engaging and entertaining character, although given his already lawless behaviour and cavalier attitude to his job, it's not clear where Oliver Harris will go from here in developing him in future books. A particular pleasure of this book were the descriptions of London which are vivid and believable - it has a real sense of place.
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The Hollow Man is a page turning detective novel, yet it has the qualities of a thoroughly researched and carefully written literary novel. The protagonist, Nick Belsey, is well observed in his self destructive descent. He is also extremely likeable, I was cheering him on throughout. This novel will be the first in a new series that will do very well indeed.
I look forward to reading the next one.
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Oliver Harris writes very well indeed and I look forward to his next book. However, this story just ran away from him and became far too disjointed and improbable. He won't be the first to write an improbable story, US authors do it all the time, but the the good ones keep it on the right side of 'maybe'. Here you are in London and that 'maybe' doesn't stand up and as much as I liked his style, fast pace and humour, the story and lead character were just a little too much. In all walks of life people turn a blind eye, in this story the City was totally blind. Another chance.
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This is an outstanding first novel from Harris. In "The Hollow Man" he has managed to create a slick, stylishly written slice of London noir that picks with dirty fingernails at the scabs of the capital's dark underbelly. Sharp, timely, and shot through with a pleasingly dark sense of humour, the narrative plunges the reader into chaotic world of Detective Nick Besley, a rather unconventional (yet shabbily likable) cop working the case of an apparent suicide on North London's exclusive Bishops Avenue. The relentless pace and increasingly complex turn of events builds a sense of growing menace and alienation. Harris pays fond homage to Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard et al whilst simultaneously developing a new, stylish voice with its own distinctly North London twang. Harris also throws many a satirical glance towards the excesses of the City's money men and the sacred cows of the good residents of Hampstead. What's not to like?
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The Hollow Man is an excellent book. It's an accomplished bit of work, well written with a complicated and interesting plot and a likeable main character with a dark side. As someone who reads a lot of thrillers, what I liked most about it was the fact it felt original, which I think is rare at the moment and very impressive indeed for a first time author. I also have a particular fondness for thrillers set in London's dark underbelly and THM really hit the spot. This was a very, very good read and I will definitely get Oliver Harris's next book.
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