Friday, June 15, 2012

The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott

Jake Arnott is probably best known for his crime novels, in particularly The Long Firm, his debut novel from 1999.  With The House of Rumour (Sceptre £17.99) he’s turned his hand to fantasy – alternate-history fiction; and it looks very intriguing:

“What connects Larry Zagorski – a young Californian writer of pulp fiction – with a British intelligence agent, the occultist Aleister Crowley, Hitler’s deputy Rudulf Hess, a transsexual prostitute and Ian Fleming? The answer lies in 1941, when Britain was fighting for survival … and in a private memoir that emerges decades later. But when Larry looks back at the pivotal year, he finds it hard to separate fact from disinformation…

Here is a tale of spies, SF writers, cult leaders, rocket scientists, astronauts, UFO spotters, magicians, film makers, rock stars, actors, adulterers and unrequited lovers…”

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