Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street.
When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest. There appears to be no connection between the two dead men. But, unsuspected by the electorate, there is a shocking and dangerous secret at the very heart of government. While the United Kingdom approaches a crucial and delicately balanced referendum on Europe, a group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent the truth from getting out.
Andrew Marr's first novel is a gleefully twisted spin through the corridors of power. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has threaded his wickedly clever thriller with a distinctive strand of pitch-black humour, to offer an irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.
Praise for Andrew Marr:
"Superb, colourful, outspoken, fresh and richly entertaining. Don't miss" (The Times)
"Lively, full of rich anecdotes and sparkling pen portraits. He has the rare gift of being able to explain complex issues in a few crisp sentences." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A clever and compelling book." (Daily Telegraph)
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Don't waste time listening to this rubbish
A more believable story with less unnecessary characters.
Anger, sadness and disappointment
I wish I had not started this book, but it was so unbelievable that I had to finish it to discover how much worse it could get. I was not disappointed. Andrew Marr should stick to his day job
- Mr K Burgess
Please Mr Marr, no more fiction!
The narration wasnt very good, Steven Crossley has a good natural voice for narration but he uses a different voice for each character which becomes extremely grating and doesnt help in the light of Mr Marr's 'many' characters.
As well as a story that defies belief, there are just too many characters and I found it difficult to follow the plot through characterisation. It was hard to remember what a character had previously done in the earlier pages - unless you made notes of course!
The King of course - Sean Barrett, although I think even he would have struggled to breath life into such a poor story.
Im not sure I remember any of them too well to make such a decision
I do wonder if this book would have been published without Andrew Marr's name on it. I do admire the mans political intellect and insight, but fiction is a different beast and this is not a good attempt in my opinion.