The Hollow Man: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Waking up on Hampstead Heath not far from a crashed squad car, Detective Nick Belsey wants out—out of London and out of the endless complications of his life. When Alexei Devereux, a wealthy hermit, vanishes, leaving behind a suicide note and his Porsche, Belsey discovers an opportunity—a new identity and a fortune—waiting for the taking.

Unfortunately, there are others who share the detective's interest in Devereux, including Scotland Yard. A dead rich man with suspicious ...

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The Hollow Man: A Novel

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Overview

Waking up on Hampstead Heath not far from a crashed squad car, Detective Nick Belsey wants out—out of London and out of the endless complications of his life. When Alexei Devereux, a wealthy hermit, vanishes, leaving behind a suicide note and his Porsche, Belsey discovers an opportunity—a new identity and a fortune—waiting for the taking.

Unfortunately, there are others who share the detective's interest in Devereux, including Scotland Yard. A dead rich man with suspicious financial holdings is bound to have some dangerous ties and a few ruthless enemies. Now, Belsey and his clever plan are about to be overshadowed by far more ambitious players with their own brilliant—and deadly—scheme.

Combining dark humor, dazzling twists, and a sharp narrative style, The Hollow Man is a tour de force of suspense—and the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062136701
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Nick Belsey Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 7,541
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Oliver Harris has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, in addition to degrees in English and Shakespeare studies, and recently received his PhD. His first novel, The Hollow Man, launched the Detective Nick Belsey series. He also reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    3.5/5 The Hollow Man is Oliver Harris's debut novel and the firs

    3.5/5
    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. Once he remembers what he did last night, will he have a job?

    He heads off to his station and is given an apparent suicide to investigate in a wealthy area of London. Nick finds the body and sends it on it's way to the morgue. With nowhere to stay that night he decides to sleep in the dead man's house. And eat his food, drink his booze, wear his clothes and drive his car. As he looks in the life of (wealthy) dead Alexei Devereaux, Belsey decides to take his money as well. After all, there's no family and it will be a fresh start for him somewhere else.

    "It takes the average person twelve months to discover that their identity has been stolen. That was for the living. If this was what he was doing, stealing Devereaux's identity, then it gave him some time. He felt ready to pick up where Devereaux had left off. If he was gong to be born again it would be nice to be someone rich."

    But many, many others have their eye on Devereaux's business as well. Taking over Devereaux's life won't be as easy as Nick first thought. Things are getting complicated. Complicating them more is Nick himself. He's also driven by his own desire for answers. So he starts to work the investigation. Unofficially of course.

    Nick is the quintessential anti-hero. He's crooked, selfish and self serving. And I couldn't help but like him. For he's also very clever and does have some soft spots. I really enjoyed the way he insinuated himself into situations, finagled what he wanted or needed and bamboozled others. A true wolf in cop's clothing. But, I found myself rooting for him, hoping he gets away with it.

    I'm unfamiliar with the setting of North London, but Harris did a good job of bringing his setting to life. The plotting is complex and involved, with many twists and turns. My only complaint would be the reveal of Devereaux's master plan - I found it a bit of a let down and somewhat unbelievable.

    The Hollow Man is the first book in the Nick Belsey series. I'll be curious to see where Harris can take this character after this first outing.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Worth it

    As others have said the book starts off a bit slow, but hang in there because soon enough you are sucked in to the world of Nick Belsey. It is a world of feints and counterfeints with a plethora of twists to keep you guessing until the end. His totally debauched character becomes more and more likeable as the story goes on until you are rooting for him to get away with the con of his life. Look forward to more stories from this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

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    The Hol­low Man by Oliver Har­ris is a novel intro­duc­tion a ne

    The Hol­low Man by Oliver Har­ris is a novel intro­duc­tion a new char­ac­ter, cop Nick Belsey, in what seems to be the first of a series. Nick Belsey is an Eng­lish police­man who seems to have no ethics and cor­rupt morals which con­stantly traps him in the lure of easy money.

    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 a miss­ing person's report from a lux­u­ri­ous sec­tion of Lon­don. As he goes into the house, Belsey assumes the iden­tity of its occu­pier, Alex Dev­ereux who lived alone, has no heirs and it seems that he sim­ply vanished.

    The broke detec­tive sees an oppor­tu­nity to start his life anew wear­ing a new iden­tity. But there are peo­ple look­ing for Dev­ereux and Belsey quickly real­izes that the scam­mer is about to be scammed and scrammed if he isn't too careful.

    The Hol­low Man by Oliver Har­ris moves at a break­neck speed with a spec­tac­u­lar end­ing which plants destruc­tion and bed­lam in the Eng­lish countryside.

    The book intro­duces anti-hero Nick Belsey, a Detec­tive Con­sta­ble in the Hamp­stead CID. Belsey has a seri­ous drink­ing prob­lem, is eth­i­cally chal­lenged and is in per­sonal debt up to his eye­balls. In fact, his pay­check no longer cov­ers the min­i­mum amount owed on his loans.

    Belsey breaks every rule he could find, from squat­ting in a house where a crime has hap­pened, to tak­ing money, iden­tity theft and more. All while get­ting away with what­ever he can, jus­ti­fy­ing him­self to … well… him­self know­ing all the while that he’s full of bull.

    The story starts off a bit slowly, but then moves at breath­tak­ing speed. The book is writ­ten with a noir feel to it, almost like watch­ing an old movie where the cop is drunk and grumpy in an attrac­tive, world weary sort of way

    This is an excel­lent first novel, I loved the cor­rupt char­ac­ter of Nick Belsey and am look­ing for­ward to more cor­rupt shenani­gans. Sus­pend dis­be­lief, put on your seat-belt and get ready for a good time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Grear T Great read

    Good story line. Well writen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Outstanding

    This is about a hero police detective constable, who is a corrupt, alcoholic, yet brilliant detective. He gets involved in a strange case, by accident, with tenacity, conniving, yet humane to the end. The writing is beautiful and keeps you on your toes until the last page.
    Love to see some more of Oliver Harris.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    Life is better, on the other side of the security gate.

    A police officer is to uphold the law, not make it up as he goes along. Wonderful read, a surreal life of being someone else. Cloaks and daggers, and hidden agendas. With so many lies out there, what's one more going to hurt?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Hollow Blaze --- Characters Of Eagleclan!

    Eagleclan--- a winged clan that rules the skies; live on a vine-woven platform above the forest floor. ((())) Leader: Breezestar: a dark ginger tom with white paws and underbelly, pale brown wngs and green eyes. ((())) Deputy: Featherdust: a pale grey she with white wings and blue eyes. ((())) Medicine Cat: Swallowfeather: a dusty brown with white flecks, golden eyes and brown eagle wings. ((())) Warriors--- Dragonburst: a white tom with a single brown splotch on head, orange-red eyes and black wings.-- Shiverflight: a very pale grey she with white eyes and snowy owl patterened wings, apprintice is Featherpaw-- Badgerwind: a black tom with a single white stripe with white eyes and pith black white-tipped wings, apprintice is Flightpaw.-- Flurrydash: a whie she with grey flecks, blue eyes, and white wings.-- Duskflight: a dusty golden she with a scarlet hued tail and yellow eyes with golden agle patterened wings. Apprintices (cats training to become warriors) Flightpaw: a white tom with an extremely long tail with grey speckled wite wings. Featherpaw: a shy tortoishell she, green eyes and gold wings. Queens (shecats expecting kits) Quiverleaf: a ginger she with a black splotch sliced in between her face, kits are lionkit, robinkit and skykit. Elders: none.

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