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"A book with pace and wit, real tension...and a big on-screen climax."

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One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder… and no evidence. A Number–One Bestseller in Britain, Dead Famous is a killer of a read from Ben Elton—Reality TV as you’ ve never seen it before. Ben Elton’s television credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder, and The Thin Blue Line. He is also the author of a string of best–selling novels, including Popcorn, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award, Blast from the Past, and Inconceivable.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552999458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552999458
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E A Glaser on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Dead Famous" is both a scathing parody of the "Big Brother"-style reality TV show and a potboiler of a murder mystery. It's also one of the best page-turners I've ever read. You meet the ten "inmates" in the trash-TV show "House Arrest Three" at the very beginning, and find out that a murder occurs on the set under the watchful eye of the cameras, but the identity of the victim isn't even revealed until halfway through the book. The killer, of course, is not revealed until the end of the book. So the book reads very fast -- I finished it in a couple of days -- partly because author Ben Elton parcels out the revelations at just the right intervals to keep you hooked.

But Elton's main reason to write the book is so he can wickedly skewer the kind of people who pursue fame on reality TV shows, as well as the adoring fans who lap up the idiocy as long as it's "good telly". I'd fault Elton for being so misanthropic if I didn't agree with him. The author's spokesman in the novel is the policeman heading the murder case, a traditional old fogey who complains constantly about having to watch the "House Arrest" tapes for clues. The policeman's unhipness is also a source of humor in the book, so it seems like Elton can also make fun of himself in the midst of his moral outrage. I especially enjoyed his mockery of the Minister of Culture, who appears on a TV program to emphasize how the government supports quality programs like "House Arrest", because we have to listen to young people and give them what they want, because they are our future. Elton's exciting murder mystery is a fancy wrapper around a bitter piece of candy.
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Get ready for a satire of the "Big Brother" kind of programs that's also a modern version of the classical mystery story : a small group of people enclosed in a limited space,one of them a killer:Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" or " Murder in the sky" spring to mind. The satire and the mystery intertwine in a delicious manner,so that the clues to the reader (there are some) are almost undetectable. The charachters are plausible, the interplay sometimes wildly funny. I've loved it, especially the trick of adding a further touch of uncertainty, by letting you guess who the victim shall be. The end is pure Nero Wolfe and Hercule Poirot: the suspects re-united,and the detective who having summarised the case, absolves the innocents and culminate pointing the index finger to the culprit. All in the modern showbiz multimedial setting. That's also a social satire from a conservative point of view, and some point Ben Elton makes are worth consideration. What can I say more? Dead Famous has to be read to be believed.
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_Dead Famous_ was recommended to me by a colleague who knows I love a good mystery. _Dead Famous_ is so much more than just a well-written whodunnit. On the surface it is a classic "closed door" murder: 10 contestants compete in a reality television show, their every action and word recorded by dozens of microphones and cameras throughout the house. In spite of the close scrutiny, however, one of the housemates is murdered - and the culprit is unidentified. Elton jumps back and forth between the police investigation and the events leading up to the murder, keeping readers guessing as to not only who the victim is (we don't find out until almost 3/4 through the book) but what the possible motive may be. It is a brilliant new take on an old mystery device.

Added to this, however, is a satirization of the ubiquitous generational division (young, beautiful contestants, each wanting their 15 miutes of fame; young, hip police officers who have watched the show and believe they know the suspects from what they've seen on T.V., and a curmudgeonly older lead investigator who is out of touch with pop culture) as well as a biting social commentary on reality television in general. On the premise of the program, Elton writes, "Marvelous! ... An opportunity to spend an entire evening watching someone you don't know being asked to leave a house you've never been to by a group of people you've never even met and of whom you'll never hear of again. It's hard to imagine a more riveting scenario." On the people who are in the show and who produce the show, Elton writes, "It's Stockholm Syndrome, you know ...When captives fall in love with their tormentors ... and begin to rely on them, to trust them.
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Ben Elton writes as he performs - 100 miles an hour with few stops for breath. Warning - do not start reading this unless you have time to finish it in one sitting. Once you have started you will not stop. The old formula of the whodunnit story bringing together a group of people under one roof is brilliantly translated into a 'Big Brother' house. The whole thing is televised by Peeping Tom Productions, including the murder.
The inmates are repulsive in every way. Only the physically repulsive anarchist Woggle is a likeable character although he also has his dark side. Best of all is the portrayal of the cynicism of reality TV. The ending was a touch predictable but no less entertaining and clever for that. A great read.
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