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Research - Review.

Research - Philip Kerr

Publication Date: Available Now from Quercus


Source: Publisher Review Copy.



Houston is the richest writer in the world, a book factory publishing many bestsellers a year – so many that he can’t possibly write them himself. He has a team that feeds off his talent; ghost writers, agents, publishers. So when he decides to take a year out to write something of quality, a novel that will win prizes and critical acclaim, a lot of people stand to lose their livelihoods.
Now Houston, the prime suspect in his wife’s murder, has disappeared. He owns a boat and has a pilot’s licence – he could be anywhere and there are many who’d like to find him.
First there’s the police. If he’s innocent, why did he flee? Then again, maybe he was set up by one of his enemies. The scenario reads like the plot of one of Houston’s million-copy-selling thrillers…


I really enjoyed this novel although it turned into something a little different than expected. A very good read with a great premise, this is very much a character piece over and above any kind of mystery - whilst there is somewhat of a mystery element it is mostly a rather intriguing look at friendship and consequences.


John Houston has disappeared leaving behind a murdered wife. The police are attempting to track him down as their prime suspect and his friends are endlessly speculating whilst most also assume his guilt - except for one. Who sticks with the idea that John Houston is innocent, and agrees to help him.


This had a terrific "Hitchcock" feel to it throughout, I almost wonder if the author was paying homage , in all honesty for me it was like one of the Hitchcock films but on the page. It just flows along beautifully, has some great interaction and dialogue and the author gives a real depth to the characters, which makes the whole thing highly readable. Add to that a little ironic view of the publishing industry and it is fun as well as often intense.


Overall an enjoyable read, highly entertaining.


Happy Reading Folks!