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The House of Fame

Oliver Harris

4 Reviews

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A Nick Belsey Novel, Fiction

A brilliant crime series for fans of Mick Herron's Slough House novels. Nick Belsey is a hero you will never forget.

'Mazy, pacy London noir' Ian Rankin

Ten days after the station closed, he was informed he'd been officially suspended pending a hearing over allegations of gross misconduct. No details. A few hours after that, he got a call from a man who wouldn't give his name but told him he was under surveillance...They were bracing themselves for a shit-storm. Stay safe, the caller said, and hung up.

Amber Knight is hot property - pop star, film star, front-page gossip.

DC Nick Belsey is less celebrated. He can't shake his habit of getting into serious trouble and his career at Hampstead CID is coming to a dishonourable end. He is currently of no fixed address - squatting in a disused police station round the corner from Amber's swanky Primrose Hill mansion.

But a knock on the door from a frantic and confused woman looking for her missing son is about to lead Belsey straight into the heart of Amber's glittering life. When a body is found and a twisted crime spree ensues, Belsey finds himself dangerously embroiled in a world of celebrity, obsession, glamour and desperation.

Praise for The House of Fame

'Harris has a terrific sense of place, hurtling between the wealthiest and most-run-down areas of London... The plot unfolds in a chilling and totally unexpected direction' Sunday Times

'A fast-paced thriller that is also nuanced and evocative...hats off to Harris, who has, once again, managed it with style and authority' Guardian

'Gripping, and Oliver Harris is punchy and perceptive' The Times

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Praise for The House of Fame

  • Harris has a terrific sense of place, hurtling between the wealthiest and most-run-down areas of London... The plot unfolds in a chilling and totally unexpected direction - Joan Smith, Sunday Times

  • A fast-paced thriller that is also nuanced and evocative...hats off to Harris, who has, once again, managed it with style and authority - Guardian

  • Non-stop activity is exhaustingly gripping, and Oliver Harris is punchy and perceptive - The Times

  • Meticulously plotted, with a delirious, haunted, paranoid atmosphere. Belsey is an irresistible mixture of the reliable and the reckless, laconic and tightly wound... Harris writes beautifully... Imbued with an uncommon subtlety and intelligence, House of Fame is a superb novel - Irish Times

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Oliver Harris

Oliver Harris was born in London in 1978. He has an MA in Shakespeare studies from UCL, and a PhD in psychoanalysis from Birkbeck. He is the author of the Nick Belsey series of crime novels, as well as one work of non-fiction: Lacan's Return to Antiquity. He teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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