Suspense Fiction Short Take: The House of Fame – Oliver Harris

This popular British crime novelist has yet to break out in the U.S. But given British reviews it seems like he deserves to. Keep him in your back pocket for recommending to customers who are connoisseurs of atmospheric, well-written police procedurals with bad-boy protagonists.

“British author Harris’s stellar third crime novel featuring North London police detective Nick Belsey combines an intriguing and surprising plot with an uncompromisingly bleak….Belsey takes pity on Maureen, whose 41-year-old son, Mark, has disappeared. He accompanies her to her flat, where he finds disturbing indications of Mark’s obsession with mega pop star Amber Knight, whose upcoming wedding has sparked a media frenzy. In his search for Mark, Belsey emerges as a memorably flawed protagonist.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A superb novel about the demonic detective who breaks all the rules.… Harris has a rare ability to combine storytelling that has a freewheeling, improvisatory feel with a plot that has been long hours in the concocting. Belsey…is fast becoming the best anti-hero in British crime fiction.”

“Harris has a terrific sense of place, hurtling between the wealthiest and most-run-down areas of London. But the cleverest thing about his third Belsey novel is the way the plot unfolds in a chilling and totally unexpected direction.”
Sunday Times (London)

The House of Fame (9780062405159) by Oliver Harris. $15.99 trade paper original. 1/24/17 on sale.

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