Something happened last night - something with the boss's wife - and Belsey needs to get out of London, and away from the debt and the drink and the deceit.
Collecting his belongings back at Hampstead CID on what should be the last day of his career, Belsey sees a missing person's report. But this one's different; this is on The Bishop's Avenue, one of the most expensive streets in the city. Belsey sees a chance for a new life.
But someone else got there first.
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A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of contemporary London and a beguiling bastard of a hero -
[Belsey has] got to be London's coolest cop... Harris has plundered London's underworld for his richly plotted and unusual detective series... It's heady stuff - Daily Mail
Thrills, spills and fine writing - Daily Telegraph
The book we have been waiting for without knowing we were - Evening Standard
Suspend your disbelief and hang on to your hat, and you'll have a whale of a time - Guardian
With a seasoned author's skill and a cabbie's encyclopedic knowledge of London's every nook and cranny, debut novelist Oliver Harris tells a pacy tale firmly rooted in the credit-crunched modern world. A blistering start to a promising new crime series - Short List
The story works as a thriller but it's also a very entertaining read, all the more because the locations are so precisely described. It gives a new meaning to the expression 'Hampstead novel' - Literary Review
The Hollow Man is another great debut novel you cannot afford to miss! - Crimesquad
Grittily specific on London, its denizens and its interlopers, this debut is the first of a series, and, if its climax - a Stansted Airport spectacular - is anything to go by, worth keeping an eye on - Time Out
Fast and furious - Times Literary Supplement
This is an astonishingly good first novel. Its plot is original, its dialogue lively, and in DC Belsey- the man who can't make up his mind whether he's a corrupt slacker or a dedicated detective and seems cursed to be both at once- it has a protagonist who truly stands out from the crowd - Morning Star
Credible and relentlessly fast-paced, this is an outstanding start - Daily Mail
I am engrossed in Oliver Harris's The Hollow Man, which is sublimely rude about the capital and extremely well written - Evening Standard
A plot that twists and turns like the back streets of Kentish Town: this is a cracker of a debut by local boy Oliver Harris - Camden New Journal
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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.