Detective Nick Belsey is broke. Now it looks like he's out of a job - something happened last night, something with the boss's wife...
At dawn, on what should be the last day of Belsey's career, Hampstead CID is ghostly quiet. Belsey checks the overnight files. There's a missing-person report. But this one's different. It's on the Bishops Avenue, London's richest street. Belsey sees a scam, an escape route.
But he hasn't got there first.
Furiously paced and thrillingly plotted, The Hollow Man is a black love letter to London's shadow world. It marks the beginning of a seductive contemporary detective series, and the arrival of a future master of the genre.
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A sharp, slick and relentless thriller, Oliver Harris's debut also casually, brilliantly skewers the capital, from the seediest of South London boozers to the 'heritage plumpness' of Hampstead itselfA sharp, slick and relentless thriller, Oliver Harris's debut also casually, brilliantly skewers the capital, from the seediest of South London boozers to the 'heritage plumpness' of Hampstead itself - The Lady
I am engrossed in Oliver Harris's The Hollow Man, which is sublimely rude about the capital and extremely well written - Evening Standard
Belsey doesn't so much as bend the rule of law in his search for the tycoon as belt it repeatedly with a blunt instrument until it breaks. You can imagine Rhys Ifans playing him in the TV adaption, of which there will surely be one - Shortlist 'summer crime roundup'
Credible and relentlessly fast-paced, this is an outstanding start - Daily Mail
An unmistakeable portrait of the dark side of modern London - H&H Series
Oliver Harris was born in north London in 1978. He has a first-class degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare studies from UCL, and an MA in creative writing from UEA. He has worked in clothing warehouses, PR companies and as a TV and film extra. More recently he assisted with research in the Imperial War Museum archives, and continues to act as a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. He is pursuing a PhD in psychoanalysis and Greek myth at Birkbeck's London Consortium.