The House of Rumour: A Novel

By Jake Arnott

Blending the invented and the genuine, The condo of Rumour explores WWII undercover agent intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip okay. Dick all appear), and the hot wave tune scene of the ’80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves within the Jonestown bloodbath and Rudolf Hess, alien craft sightings and B-movies. informed via a number of narrators, what at the start seems to be a constellation of random occasions starts off to cohere because the paintings of a shadow organization—or is it simply twist of fate?

Tying the strands jointly is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp fiction author grew to become U.S. fighter pilot became “American gnostic,” who appears to be like again on his lengthy and eventful lifestyles, trying to find connections among the likely disparate components. The teeming community of interlaced secrets and techniques he uncovers has own relevance—as it mirrors a ebook of twenty-two interconnected tales he as soon as wrote, encouraged via the foremost arcana playing cards within the tarot.

Hailed as an inheritor to Don DeLillo’s Underworld through The Guardian, The apartment of Rumour is a travel de strength that sweeps the reader via a century’s worthy of mystery histories.

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There has been a sheaf of yellowing sheets of A4 paper. A manuscript with a heading at the first web page: The Hanged guy. With it have been newspaper clippings, articles approximately Vita Lampada and Marius Trevelyan. ‘What’s all this? ’ requested Larry. ‘I wish you to have . . . ’ ‘Is this a narrative you’ve written? ’ ‘Uhn, no . . . secrets and techniques, reputable secrets and techniques. ’ ‘Listen, I’m fairly now not trying to find fabric, you recognize. ’ ‘Please. ’ Danny knew now that he had came across a secure position. the place higher to conceal a pebble than on a seashore? Larry could have stacks of papers and manuscripts.

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