The Hollow Man (Nick Belsey #1)
—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 ...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
Update: didnt care, didnt finish.
It was an exciting enough tale which kept you turning the pages but whereas with other novels I felt the need to know who everyone was, here I wasnt really bothered. Perhaps because I felt the characters were inadequately drawn they didnt register and it became a bit of a 'surface' read.
Throughout the story I had the feeling 'but would you do that?'. If you looked too closely ...more
Starts in a totally breathless style, with Nick waking up on Hampstead Heath, having crashed his stolen police car the night before and in a confused and hungover state.
He pieces together the elements of the night before by nicking the change in the tip jar of a coffee house to get this thoughts together. My the time the recollection has been completed, I thought he may have stolen a blind man's white stick. He is ...more
Oliver Harris (*1978 in London) entwirft in "London Killing" mit Nick Belsey einen Ermittler der verkommenen Art. Er ist Detective Constable der Londoner Polizei, spielt und trinkt, ist völlig abgebrannt und wegen des Disziplinarverfahren, das ihm droht, denkt er ernsthaft über Flucht nach. Sein letzter Auftrag soll eine Vermisstenanzeige sein - deshalb sucht er das Haus eines russischen Oligarchen namens Alexej Devereux auf und findet diesen tot in einem Versteck auf. Währe ...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
It's the storytelling that makes this book. Despite this being a one character story in which we learn very little about the character, I was pulled in by the style of writing and th ...more
A dark tale with so ma ...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 get fired, he sees ...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
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