Clever political thriller is a page-turner

2008-01-23 00:00

IT has been suggested by more than one reviewer that The Ghost is Robert Harris’s way of having a thinly disguised dig at Tony Blair and his support of Washington in the “war on terror”.

The “ghost” of title is a cynical, mercenary ghostwriter who jumps at the chance to polish up the half-written. somewhat leaden memoirs of a former British prime minister, Adam Lang, who has retreated from his hostile home country to a mansion on Martha’s Vineyard in the United States. The memoirs are incomplete, with a publisher’s deadline looming, because the aide who had been writing them drowned after apparently getting drunk and falling off a ferry.

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