By Tim Glencross
An amoral thriller of intelligence, wit and style, and a coruscating commentary on the world we live in now, from the author of Barbarians
William Hoffer - handsome, refined, a little cold perhaps - is an established figure in London society.
But Hoffer has secrets. He is vague about his Midwestern origins. The counsel he offers a Russian billionaire may extend to murkier topics than art investments. Then there is his Kensington flat, which is only rented, and the broader question of his money, which is running out.
When a ghost from his past in Mexico surfaces, Hoffer is forced to revive brutal instincts for self-preservation . . .
Hoffer is an amoral thriller of intelligence, wit and style, and a coruscating commentary on the world we live in now.
Tim Glencross was born in Kent and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Barbarians, was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Best First Novel, and the Novel of the Year at the Political Book Awards. He currently lives in New York where he is an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business and MFA candidate at NYU.
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23 Mar 2017
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An intricately plotted novel of international intrigue that reads like a wickedly inspired collaboration by the young Evelyn Waugh, Patricia Highsmith, and Martin Amis. His prose glitters like a dagger, propelling us through a maze of deceptions and unexpected revelations — Joyce Carol Oates
Cynical, dry, and sharp as a skewer. A wicked, twisty read — Mick Herron
Hoffer is both excellent and original, and captures the morally dubious world of the international rich with panache, humour and some beautiful prose — Oliver Harris
Glencross is blisteringly gifted - funny and brilliant - and tells a great, gripping story about the beautiful monsters of the London super-elite — David Lipsky, author of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
Perfectly constructed and elegantly written, this is a superior thriller — NetGalley March Books of the Month
Hoffer, born in Ohio but repurposed as a raffish, art-fancying scrounger, is by Graham Greene out of Patricia Highsmith, with perhaps a rub of Charles Willeford's The Burnt Orange Heresy — Irish Times
Impeccably plotted — Daily Telegraph
A likeable capriccio, stuffed with epigrams, the plot Wodehousian — Sunday Telegraph
Wonderfully entertaining — Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Week