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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 modelled 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 Marthas 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 Langs 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 CIAs merciless hands. As the new writer probes deeper, he uncovers evidence that his predecessors death may have been a homicide. Harris nicely leavens his cynical tale with gallows humor, and even readers who anticipate the plots final twist will admire the authors artistry in creating an intelligent page-turner that tackles serious issues. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Packed with seduction, power and manipulation. . . .”
“The Ghost has got the goods.”
This book provides an unexpected access to the intimacy of a former British Prime Minister. The aloofness, the mystery and the force of power is described masterfully. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jean-Guy Rens
The Ghost is a study of the distinction between unnatural paranoia and calculated manipulation, distortions so odd as to ring true. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
Definitely a great read. I've read other books by Robert Harris including Fatherland and Conspirarta (aka Imperium) which I also enjoyed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by drew
An extremely well written book. The plot keeps your attention right to the end but the climax is a letdown.Published 16 months ago by R. Burgess
Without any doubt, Robert Harris is presently my favourite fiction author.
His novels read as I imagine an Aston Martin drives: authentic power, ingenuity and beauty in... Read more
"The Ghost" is a ghostwriter. A ghostwriter who stumbles across many secrets while working on a project: finishing up the memoirs of Britain's former Prime Minister, Adam Lang. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2011 by ELI (Italy)