The Hollow Man (DC Belsey #1)
Unfortunately, there are others who...more
On what he believes will be his last day of work, as the previous night in addition to his drunken behaviour, he also stole a squad car, which he wound up crashing and had a bit of a dalliance with a superiors wife, he begins to investigate t...more
But as the hammer is about to fall he avoids his bosses with one last call, a missing person case. And were off on the wild ride invo...more
He is bankrupt. He has a drinking problem. He will steal a hot stove. He rarely tells the truth. He is Detective-Constable Nick Belsey and he sees a way out of his problems when he investigates a rich missing man: Belsey will steal the missing man's identity. But rich people seldom go missing without a good reason and the detective soon finds himself in more trouble and conspiracies, violence and surprises abound as Nick tries to plan his getaway while figuring out what i...more
The Hollow Man is Oliver Harris's debut novel and the first release from Bourbon Street Books - Harper Collins' new imprint.
I loved the opening chapters and introduction to Detective Constable Nick Belsey. "The earth was cold beneath his body,. His mouth had soil in it and there was a smell of blood and rotten bark." Has he been attacked? In an accident? Well, yes, but Nick himself is the car wreck. He has a drinking problem, a gambling problem and at this point no possessions and no home....more
—Val McDermid, author of The Mermaids Singing
Describing London police detective Nick Belsey, hero of The Hollow Man, an enthrallingly original thriller from British crime novelist Oliver Harris—the Daily Mail declared, “He’s got to be London’s coolest cop.” Crime fiction fans are sure to agree, especially those hooked on the novels of Ian Ra...more
It is when London police detective Nick Belsey woke up in a crashed police car, drunk, no phone, and no wallet did he realize that he hit rock bottom. As he goes to the police station, certain that he is going to g...more
It will be oh so simple to step into the shoes of the missing business man, clean out his accounts and disappear himself. Its not like there is a body and...more
Detective Constable Nick Belsey von der Londoner Metropolitan Police hat einen Black Out. Widerwillig tastet er sich in die Realität zurück, erinnert sich wie er bäuchlings in den Ha...more
Zoe: B+ "fast paced, character driven and offers an insider’s view of London, that I, born and raised in SE London, didn’t know existed."
Rosie T.: C "The character was so carefree with his own troubled life – how could I trust him to unravel the mystery unfolding throughout the book?"
MJ: B+ "You always know you have read a good book when you get to the end and you immediately go online to discover when/if more books will be coming."
Stacie: D "I rarely fail to finish a book, but...more
nick,a copper down on his luck and at the end of his tether, stumbles across a missing person case.
the person in question is a very wealthy russian financier living in a luxurious house in hamstead.
nick decides to have one last shake of the dice and sees what he can 'take' from the missing russian. and so starts convoluted tale of fraud, swindle, hoax and murder.
well told. comfortable style.
nick is an interesting character - very flawed but still someone you r...more
That said, it isn't without flaws. There are a few missteps for the sake of the story - for one small example, despite being in very rough shape the antihero protagonist manages to bed a woman early in the novel with very little effort - but the compact timeframe of the events keeps it mostly on the plausible side of things.
As well, the plot twists and turns, effortlessly changing shape and scale and all within the confines of information we have on hand, and L...more
I have read the last page of this book. I know what happens at the end. BUT it is a totally compelling read and I am absrobed by the story of Baseley the anti hero who teeters on the edge of oblivion or escape or discovery of his failings or a solution to the mystery he finds himself involved with.
I urge all crime fans to read The Hollow Man. As a story it...more
Oliver Harris is one of the freshest new crime writing talents on the British scene; his novels to date are The Hollow Man (2011) and Deep Shelter (2014). Both feature DC Nick Belsey, a man of contradictions who fights crime and isn't afraid to break the law in the process.
Oliver was born in north London. He has a first-class degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from UCL,...more