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The Ghost by Robert Harris
The Ghost begins with Britain's retired prime minister, Adam Lang, trying to write his memoir. More correctly, his ghostwriter is trying to write the memoir on the prime minister's secluded hideout on Martha's Vineyard. He had been Britain's most popular prime minister for decades before he became involved in a war on terror with the American government (think Tony Blair). When the ghostwriter disappears and is then found drowned on the shoreline, a new ghostwriter is hired. The new ghostwriter finds not only does he have an impossible job due to a crushing deadline and pages of boring facts and memories that have to be crafted into something readable, but it turns out the prime minister has some dangerous secrets. The first ghostwriter's death may not have been an accident. Robert Harris' novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "The Ghost is, finally, not about Blair; though it remains an indictment of everything he did and stood for. It's also, and most vitally, intelligent, perceptive and enormous fun."