28.8.13

THE GHOST, by Robert Harris

Harris, the author of the fabulous Imperium and Fatherland, does it again in this contemporary novel dealing with terrorism, politics, honor and honesty and the judgment of history. The ghost in question is a ghost-writer hired to replace a dead man to finish the autobiography of Britain's former PM Adam Lang. Handsome, captivating, Lang was excoriated when he left office for supporting America's wars on terror and toadying to American demands for renditions. As the ghost (I checked to page 100 and his name isn't mentioned even though the work is told in first person) immerses himself in the Lang life story, he begins to sense something isn't quite right. With Harris's sure style - witty, quick-moving, detailed, engrossing - you'll find it hard to put this one down. It's a 5.