Belsey’s London

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All excerpts are © The Hollow Man and Deep Shelter by Oliver Harris.


  1. Jim

    I am a Met DC with not the best of reputations. This book reads like someone stole my life!

    Genuinely the first novel I’ve read which captures the conflicting narcissism of a detective who would like, when possible, to do the right thing.

    It’s a work of genius with a tremendous plot, I desperately hope there is a sequel.

  2. Thelma Miller

    I have just finished reading the “Hollow Man” and loved every minute of it. I belong to a reading group, at a local library and it was our book of the month. It kept me absolutely gripped until 3,00am one morning, I just couldn’t put it down. My daughter lives in Crouch End , so I know the area you covered very well. My Grand-children have friends in the Hampstead area and I have visited many homes, like the one you described (unbelievable) This novel would make a BRILLIANT film or TV series. Please write some more about Nick, he is a most interesting character. I saw “Argo” this week too, so my nerves are shattered. !!!! What a movie that is. !!i

  3. Henry Beer

    Hi Oli,
    I’m smack in the middle of Hollow Man. Seriously hooked. Enough to write now and not later.
    I’ve visited London several times, though I’m not really well-versed enough to recognize all the placements – I’ll take a look at the pinterest site and get up-to-date. My gf lived there for 6 years, so she’ll also fill me in when I pass this along to her.
    Also, glad to hear you’ve continued on with the same character. I’ll be seeking that out next. You write very well, full stop.

  4. Ben K.

    I’m halfway through the print version of Hollow Man and it’s an amazing piece of detective fiction. I tend to consume my books in audio format because I travel a lot, but the only audio versions of Mr. Harris’ work I’ve been able to find are noted on decidedly … dodgy websites. Any recommendations on where I can find the audio versions from more reputable sources? Amazon is a bust, but hope springs eternal.

  5. Oliver Harris

    Hey Ben. Delighted you enjoyed it. Cheers for dropping a line. Looks like the audiobooks are on itunes as well. Not sure if that’s any better from your point of view, but hope so.

  6. martin stockman

    Hi Oli,
    I live across the Heath in leafy Highgate Village .. loved Hollow Man and now devouring Deep Shelter .. any chance of placing Nick in N6 in his next caper? Thanks for the depravity and truth!

  7. Simon Dillow

    Top job Oliver.Nick is my favourite anti hero.No matter what he does,you just can’t help rooting for the guy.His numerous contacts such as the iffy chemist and the bar owners all ring true and add to the authenticity that prevails throughout the three books.Deep Shelter is a tour de force.Your research on the tunnels running through the city has paid dividends as there is not a single false note in the book.I look forward immensely to seeing how Nick extricates himself from his latest predicament.

  8. Nicholas James Belsey

    Top detective book, where did you dream up the name. Yours, Nicholas James Belsey. Rolleston-on-Dove,Staffs

  9. jon robinson

    Hi there,
    what you have discovered is only half of the picture. underground facilities linking by tunnels mean access to the surface is on foot, a dangerous business in post-nuclear strike times.
    ever wondered just why an underground facility is sited beneath centre point of the Post Office Tower?
    there are old WW2 RAOC observation posts in the country on high ground, alternative seats of government, local government, and off-site command posts(such as Kelvedon Hatch) all over the UK.
    What links these is a line of sight communication system top secret until thatcher let it out by having hysterics about the cost of army field telephones, and no-one had the nerve to shut her up.
    It was expensive because it was the birth of hand held microwave telephones and portable transmitting stations which could easily be sited on high ground, like radar sets, in a battlefield situation.
    It became the backbone of our telecommunications network.
    all of the below ground sites you write about would have access to an aerial to intercept signals in line of sight, rather than broadcast.
    look up at the PO tower and checkout the microwave dishes. check out the 3 legged towers near Kelvedon Hatch etc. Try and figure out where the intermediate stations would be. On high ground between at least 2 towers.
    great fun finding them in the late 1970s/early ’80s.
    I found a 100% correlation between archaeological sites and bunkers back then. Most interesting. When checking out sites often little white vans would appear and would be told to clear off. quite often police would appear from nowhere to ask politely what I was doing.
    Ended up on employment blacklists after that.
    You have only scratched the surface. Contact me.

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