All Maurice Swift ever wanted was to be a famous writer and a father. He wouldn’t let a lack of talent get in the way of his career aspirations. Using his boyish good looks to charm accomplished authors and earn their trust, Maurice then hijacked their ideas and used them for his own writing fodder. His people-eating ways began while working as a server at a West Berlin hotel in 1988, when he got his first taste of an esteemed writer in the flawed, but likable Erich Ackermann, and continued for decades.
The trail of loved ones Maurice harmed and the web of deceit he wove become more pronounced as the plot marched on. A psychopath who failed to comprehend the gravity of his transgressions and denied wrongdoing, in Maurice Swift, readers will find a character they love to hate. The novel also raises interesting questions about intellectual property in literature. Abounding with dark humor and top notch character development, John Boyne’s latest novel is definitely one to read.