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The Ghost by Robert Harris

The Ghost (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Robert Harris

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Title:The Ghost
Authors:Robert Harris
Info:Hutchinson (2007), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, Authors, Politicians, Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Martha's Vineyard, 21st Century, Crime, Murder, Ghost Writers, Thriller, CIA, Britain

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The Ghost by Robert Harris (2007)


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I enjoyed this book with its not very subtle satire of Blair. The plot is slightly far fetched but as usual Robert Harris keeps you reading along ( )
  jbennett | May 18, 2016 |
Here's why I loved this. Great plotting. Really nice clever twist at the end that left me going "Oh yeah, I get it." And erudite writing with lots of clever and funny allusions, including the way Harris gives names to characters that hint at real people.

I realised I had seen the movie based on this book after a few pages, but fortunately, if the movie followed the plot line exactly, I had forgotten and the neat ending was a pleasing surprise when it came. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Nov 8, 2015 |
I'm not really a thriller reader, especially political thrillers but this was bought for me. I didn't really warm to the main character but he was certainly 3D and believable as were the subsidiary characters. The plot was pretty good and the locations very well drawn and atmoshpheric which helped it pass my test of giving me something to add to my own writing.

Enjoyable but not enough to tempt me in to the genre... tempted to look at some other titles from Harris though - I like his efficient yet effective style. ( )
  garethmottram | Oct 27, 2015 |
This book felt quite different from the other thrillers I've read of Harris, but retains much of his hallmarked style. It has a contemporary setting, and the plot revolves around the former British prime-minister (a character loosely based on Tony Blair) being indicted for war crimes, and is written in the first-person from the perspective of the author charged with ghost-writing the prime-minister's memoirs. (Coincidentally, I'm currently reading Blair's memoirs!) As always, the pace is good, and the writing crisp. My disappointment stems from the fact that the final plot-twist is not really enough of a twist, and I was left feeling slightly short-changed. ( )
  markbarnes | Jan 21, 2015 |
A pageturner who got away with it, but nothing more ( )
  henrikll | Aug 8, 2014 |
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Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. And now that he’s left office, he’s accepted one of history’s largest cash advances to compose a tell-all (or at least, tell-some) memoir of his life and years of power.

As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this magnum opus, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

Tense, gripping, and savvy, The Ghost Writer puts forth all the author’s long-term know-how about high stakes politics, journalism, and governmental deception. Set in America, on Martha’s Vineyard,
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Britain's former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project - a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill. Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.

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"Dashing, captivating Adam Lang was Britain's longest serving - and most controversial - prime minister of the last half century, whose career ended in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Now, after stepping down in disgrace, Lang is hiding out in wintry Martha's Vineyard to finish his much sought-after, potentially explosive memoir, for which he accepted one of history's largest cash advances. But the project runs aground when his ghostwriter suddenly and mysteriously disappears and later washes up, dead, on the island's deserted shore.""Enter our hero - Lang's new ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and quick with a line of deadpan humor. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to be the new ghost of Adam Lang's memoirs, especially as it means a big payday. At once he flies to Lang's remote location in America to finish the book in the seclusion of a luxurious estate, but it doesn't take him long to realize he has made a fatal error in judgment. The state of affairs is grim enough when the ghost begins to unearth the bone-chilling circumstances of his predecessor's death. And before long, he discovers that the ex-prime minister is not just a charismatic politician who made a few mistakes. He's a dark, tortured man with haunting secrets in his past - secrets with the power to alter world politics. Secrets with the power to kill."--BOOK JACKET.General Adult. Having served as Great Britains longest-enduring prime minister, Adam Lang accepts a large cash advance to write a tell-all memoir of his life and controversial political career, an effort for which he hires a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets about the former leaders term. 250,000 first printing.… (more)

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