Dead Famous

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One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder… and no evidence. A Number–One Bestseller in Britain, Dead Famous is a killer of a read from Ben Elton—Reality TV as you’ ve never seen it before. Ben Elton’s television credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder, and The Thin Blue Line. He is also the author of a string of best–selling novels, including Popcorn, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award, Blast from the Past, and ...
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Overview

One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder… and no evidence. A Number–One Bestseller in Britain, Dead Famous is a killer of a read from Ben Elton—Reality TV as you’ ve never seen it before. Ben Elton’s television credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder, and The Thin Blue Line. He is also the author of a string of best–selling novels, including Popcorn, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award, Blast from the Past, and Inconceivable.
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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Telegraph
One of the best whodunits I have ever read… a funny, gripping, hugely entertaining thriller.
Times
Wry, fast, and fiendishly clever.
Independent
A book with pace and wit, real tension… and a big on–screen climax.
Publishers Weekly
A bestseller in the U.K., Dead Famous, by Ben Elton (High Society), combines the traditional whodunit with contemporary reality TV to hilarious result. TV personality Elton may lack brand-name recognition here, but this murderous tale of 10 contestants stuck in a house with 30 cameras and 40 microphones has real appeal, particularly to the young and hip.
Kirkus Reviews
The British reality TV series House Arrest- "One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones. One survivor"-goes its American counterpart Big Brother one better in its pandering to voyeurism. Powerhouse producer Geraldine Hennessy has cameras in the showers, mandates semi-clothed activities, and keeps the temperature in the house extra high, the better to stimulate nudity and sex. Enter crusty Inspector Coleridge, who's watching a tape from Day 29 of House Arrest, when one of the housemates was murdered by a blurry figure in a white sheet: an audacious crime completely captured on video. Alternating between Coleridge's investigation and accounts of House Arrest from Day 1 on, Elton (Inconceivable, 2000, etc.) offers three mysteries: the identities of the victim (which he withholds as long as possible), the killer, and the House Arrest winner. The contestant/suspects, who are entertaining enough to sustain a satirical novel sans murder, include Jazz, an aspiring black standup comedian; Sally, a humorless lesbian feminist; David, a handsome "serious" actor with a hidden porn past; Dervla, an Irish waif with soulful eyes; and Woggle, an anarchist who never bathes. Far from dampening audience interest or causing the show's cancellation, the murder turns up the heat and provides the stage for an old-fashioned melodramatic finale. Coleridge, who finds the mystery's solution in the pages of Macbeth and is inspired by a recent amateur theater audition, delivers a rousing, albeit shaggy, "the identity of the killer is" speech in order to ferret out same.

A delicious high-tech twist on the traditional locked-room mystery, and a fast, funny read.

From the Publisher
“One of the best whodunits I have ever read…a funny, gripping, hugely entertaining thriller, but also a persuasive, dyspeptic account of the way we live now, with our insane, inane cult of the celebrity.” — Sunday Telegraph

“A book with pace and wit, real tension, a dark background theme and a big on-screen climax.” — Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552999458
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,457,025
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Elton’s career both as performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the last twenty years. In addition to his stand-up work, his TV credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line. His novels include Stark, Gridlock, This Other Eden, Popcorn, Blast From The Past, Inconceivable and Dead Famous. Ben Elton lives in London with his wife Sophie and their three children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    i have looked for this book in stores all over california and ha

    i have looked for this book in stores all over california and havent found it i recomend you all buy it here online.I got it as a nook book and its great

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Gripping book.

    As with most of the BEn Elton books I have read, the story keeps you gripped. You read and read not wanting to put it down. This was a very good read, but perhaps could have been a little shorter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Gripping, Clever - And Very, Very Funny

    Whether or not you're a fan of reality tv, you will probably love this book for its fast pacing and wicked humor. A group of contestants in a British 'Big Brother'-type reality show called 'House Arrest' become suspects in the diabolically clever murder of one of their own. The vanity and narcissism of the characters may seem quite recognizable to those on this side of the Atlantic who have watched their counterparts on American reality shows. Mr. Elton's spot-on observations of this latest television fad are hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Great Book

    I've read the UK paperback, and thought this book was great! It really shows up Big Brother, and reality TV and celebrity worshiping in general. I also thought it's amazing how in this whodunnit the reader doesn't even know who the murder VICTIM is until about two-thirds the way through the book.

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