Ghosts Know

Ramsey Campbell. PS Publishing, $32 (236p) ISBN 978-1-848632-02-8
A straight-shooting radio talk-show host and a glib fake psychic make intriguing sparring partners in this suspenseful thriller from British veteran Campbell (Seven Days of Cain). Graham Wilde thinks he's doing his listeners a service when he shows up stage psychic Frank Jasper as a possible trickster. What he doesn't expect is that the majority want to believe Jasper can (as he claims) see the ghosts of their dearly departed—or that Jasper will manipulate their gullibility to implicate Wilde as a potential suspect in the disappearance of a young girl that he has been called in to help the Manchester police with. Campbell develops his tale's wrong-man theme as masterfully in print as Alfred Hitchcock would in film, even throwing in a few plot curves to make the reader, whom Wilde takes into his confidence, occasionally doubt him. An undercurrent of black comedy, witty repartee between characters, a magnificent surprise ending, and Campbell's trademark verbal dexterity all contribute to this novel's abundant entertainments. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2011
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Fiction
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