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Publisher's Summary

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the hypnotic tale of a ghost writer writing the memoir of a notorious con man, and the chilling events that unfold as their lives become increasingly intertwined.

Kif Kehlmann, a young, penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000.

But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: Who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann?

As time runs out, as Kehlmann's world feels it is hurtling towards a catharsis, one question looms above all others: What is the truth?

By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

©2018 Richard Flanagan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"An acerbic exploration of how the contemporary world came to be defined by lies, deceit, and obfuscation.... Full of hilarious asides, this sonorous, blackly comic novel offers searing insight into our times." (Booklist)

"The novel, with its switchbacking recollections and cyclical dialogue, its penetrating scenes of birth and, eventually, death, is enigmatic and mesmerizing." (The New Yorker)

"An aria on the necessity of self-invention, on the loops and lacunas of memory and bullish inadequacy of all language... Boasts a shimmering ingenuity and ominousness... At a time when our truth is daily contorted, debauched or ignored, we require Flanagan's artful reminder of the wreckage caused by our unwillingness to say what happened." (William Giraldi, The Washington Post)

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Best performance ever!

I’ve listened to over 250 audible.com books in nine years and David Linski’s performance of Flanagan’s great and latest novel stands out as perhaps the best I’ve ever experienced. ‘Nuff said.

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