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The ghost
Robert Harris
Adult Fiction HARRIS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Displaying enviable versatility, Harris, who first achieved acclaim with his alternative history, Fatherland, and who more recently showed his mastery of the historical novel in Pompeii, hits one out of the park with this dark paranoid thriller. Former British prime minister Adam Lang (clearly modeled on Tony Blair) is up against a firm deadline to submit his memoirs to his publisher, and the project is dangerously derailed when his aide and collaborator, Michael McAra, perishes in a ferry accident off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. To salvage the book, a professional ghostwriter is hired to whip the manuscript into shape, but the unnamed writer soon finds that separating truth from fiction in Lang's recollections a challenge. The stakes rise when Lang is accused of war crimes for authorizing the abduction of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan, who then ended up in the CIA's merciless hands. As the new writer probes deeper, he uncovers evidence that his predecessor's death may have been a homicide. Harris nicely leavens his cynical tale with gallows humor, and even readers who anticipate the plot's final twist will admire the author's artistry in creating an intelligent page-turner that tackles serious issues. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Retiring British prime minister Adam Lang is ready to start his autobiography, but his ghostwriter has dug up some secrets he wasn't intending to spill. And, interestingly, the whole thing takes place on Martha's Vineyard. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Former British prime minister; writing a memoir of his life and years in office; hires a ghostwriter to finish the book so he can submit it by deadline; his aide and collaborator is killed in a ferry accident; accused of war crimes.



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