The Ghost Writer, the new Roman Polanski-directed movie, is getting some pretty good reviews. It currently rates 82% on the Tomatometer, which is really quite excellent.
The movie is based on Robert Harris’s 2007 novel The Ghost, the gripping story of a professional ghostwriter who’s hired to co-write the autobiography of a former British prime minister, and uncovers the kind of dark secrets that your ordinary wordsmith would rather not have to deal with.
Harris is better known for his historical novels: a few recent novels set in ancient Rome, and the classic Fatherland (1992), an alternate-history story in which Germany won the Second World War. Fatherland was made into a TV-movie in 1994, starring Rutger Hauer. Here are the first ten minutes or so:
Harris is just as sure-footed, though, when he’s telling a contemporary story, and The Ghost is one of his best books. Even if you see the movie, I’d say you’d be remiss if you didn’t check out the book, too.
Here’s the movie trailer: