The House of Rumour
In 1941, Larry Zagorski was a naive young writer of science-fiction. Seven decades on, he looks back on that crucial year and traces his place in a mysterious web - one that connects the Second World War with the Space Age, stretches from London to Cuba and Southern California, and links Ian Fleming with Rudolf Hess in a conspiracy that reverberates in the present. Could this be the secret history of the 20th century? In this thrilling tale of spies and propagandists, the conned and the heartbroken, dreamers and fanatics, the question is: who will you believe?
"It may be the ideal holiday read for those who like to take their brains with them on vacation." -- Mark Lawson, Guardian 20120630 "Highly entertaining and perhaps even mind-expanding, Arnott's high-class conjuring act shows that truth really is stranger than fiction." -- Phil Baker, The Sunday Times 20120729 "a supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one." -- Roz Kaveney, Independent 20120729 "Arnott offers a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic...The House of Rumour is a brilliant achievement that invites repeated readings" -- James Kidd, Independent on Sunday 20120729 "If this is that dark Prince Arnott's Jonbar Hinge, the future looks bright." -- Andrew Anthony, Observer 20120722 'A potent mix of fact and fiction that takes on 20th-century history but remains a page-turner' -- Elle 20120722 'It isn't a book, it's a revelation.' -- Geek Syndicate blog 20120722
Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. His debut novel, THE LONG FIRM, was published by Sceptre in 1999 to huge public and critical acclaim. HE KILLS COPPERS, TRUECRIME, JOHNNY COME HOME and THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH have followed to equal acclaim. Both THE LONG FIRM and HE KILLS COPPERS have been made into widely praised TV dramas.