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A Whodunnit for the 21st Century
am 2. März 2002
Remember the cosy British whodunnit of the 30s and 40s? Remember all the clues, false leads and the nice array of motives? Remember Poirot assembling all the suspects in the library, reconstructing the crime and successively eliminating one after the other from his list until eventually zooming in on the person least likely to have committed the crime? And remember all that subtle humour?
Well, Ben Elton's DEAD FAMOUS can be seen as a high-tech high-speed variation on the traditional detective novel, especially on the locked-room mysteries. Chief Inspector Coleridge and his team are faced with a particularly heinous crime: the murder of one of the ten contestants in a reality TV show called HOUSE ARREST. What makes their case so spectacular is that the murder has been committed in a sealed environment in which dozens of live cameras have been installed. Still the identity of the killer is unknown. It takes Coleridge and his young colleagues Hooper and Trisha an exciting 330 pages to work it all out. In the meantime, what else is going to happen?
Lovers of crime fiction will be thrilled by this book, but readers who enjoy fast-paced stories, excellent plotting, weird humour and hard-hitting social criticism will be equally delighted. DEAD FAMOUS is the kind of novel you just can't stop reading, so don't start if you have to get up early the next morning!