The Hollow Man: A Novel (Detective Nick Belsey Series)

By Oliver Harris

“A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of up to date London, and a beguiling bastard of a hero—what a recipe for an exceptional read.”
—Val McDermid, writer of The Mermaids Singing

Describing London police detective Nick Belsey, hero of The hole Man, an enthrallingly unique mystery from British crime novelist Oliver Harris—the Daily Mail declared, “He’s acquired to be London’s coolest cop.” Crime fiction enthusiasts are absolute to agree, in particular these addicted to the novels of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham, and Jo Nesbø. the 1st ebook in a chain of annoying and twisting police procedurals, The hole Man starts off with Belsey at all-time low, after which embroils him in a brazen identification robbery rip-off and attainable homicide that can depart him both filthy rich or lifeless. It’s time to find Oliver Harris, a brand new grasp of noir who’s destined to be an important guy on the scene of the crime.

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Yet there has been a gang within the quarter prior, close to Gospel Oak. ” “Jesus Christ. ” Belsey sensed an research working away below the momentum of its personal blunders. He’d noticeable it prior to. Glasgow watched him, with the interest of a superb DI. She lit a cigarette. “What approximately CCTV? ” Belsey stated. “Nothing obvious,” Shipton acknowledged. “Some teenage gangster is available in and fires up a Starbucks and no cameras get a whiff? ” Belsey shook his head. “People observed. He stated, ‘Open the until eventually. ’ ” “Who says? ” “There’s been different tender targets,” Shipton stated. “KFC. ” yet his middle wasn’t in it. “It doesn’t get a lot softer than a fucking Starbucks,” Belsey stated. “What did he wish? brownies? How a lot do they maintain within the tills? ” “No greater than 100, yet he doesn’t be aware of that. ” “How did he break out? ” “On foot. ” “After going armed? Munroe pointed out this pink bike. What approximately that? ” “I haven’t heard of any crimson motorbike. ” Belsey winced. Investigative disconnect. This used to be how hours bought wasted and criminals went giggling. “It wasn’t a child, and it wasn’t a robbery,” he stated. “Then what used to be it? ” “And why do you care? ” Glasgow acknowledged pointedly. “Why do I care? ” “Why aren’t you assigned? ” “I’m on different issues. ” nobody appeared to locate this difficult to think. not anyone appeared too sorry both. there has been a common stubbing of cigarettes, a shaking of heads and checking of watches. “Where was once she coming from, prior to the Starbucks? ” Belsey stated. “She was once obvious prior close to Kenwood. ” “Whereabouts? ” “Bishops Avenue,” Glasgow acknowledged. Belsey took a deep breath. It felt like being tapped at the shoulder. Glasgow studied his eyes. “With a person? ” he stated. “No. ” “What used to be she doing at the Bishops road? ” “Walking. We don’t be aware of. We’re doing door to doorways later. ” “How a lot later? ” “Soon as we've the manpower. ” “Are you freeing that information regarding her whereabouts? ” “Ask Northwood. ” Belsey shook a cigarette out of Glasgow’s pack and lit it along with his Zippo. “It’s no longer on her method to school,” he stated quietly, extra to himself than to somebody else. 25 per week or so a guy went as much as the Heath and uncovered himself. CID were placing a case jointly for your time. not anyone used to trouble with flashers till it used to be spotted that they went directly to pursue intercourse crimes of accelerating severity. Perversion has diminishing returns. Now the flasher had performed it back, getting bolder. each person knew this type of factor headed just one means. So while Belsey obtained again to the station this used to be the task he have been assigned. The workplace was once deserted—one message on his table: Heath flasher—11:30 a. m. 3 hours previous. Belsey tore the message in part. It felt like a calculated insult. yet then, he idea, perhaps it was once a blessing in conceal. Heavy gray clouds had began rolling westwards. The Heath will be empty by the point the rain got here. He may lose himself there. it should supply him time to imagine. He sat out the bathe underneath an oak, deep within the wooded area at the back of Spaniards highway. He realised how badly he had wanted this second of mirrored image. photographs lower back: the useless girl’s eyes, her mouth shaping to a note.

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