From the author of the cult hit The Long Firm
, a mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and up into the galaxy.
What connects Larry Zagorski – a young Californian writer of pulp fiction - with a British intelligence agent, the occultist Aleister Crowley, Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess, a transsexual prostitute and Ian Fleming? The answer lies in 1941, when Britain was fighting for survival with every propaganda trick in the book, and in a private memoir that emerges decades later. But when Larry looks back on that pivotal year, he finds it hard to separate fact from disinformation, especially since the ensuing Cold War and Space Age seem more fantastic than anything he could have dreamed up.
Through the prism of Larry’s long, tumultuous life, Jake Arnott casts fresh light on some of the key episodes in 20th century history as he explores the human impulse to believe in unseen forces and life beyond our planet, and what it has led to: new religions, utopias and dystopias, ideological battles and the moon landings. Here is a tale of spies, SF writers, cult leaders, rocket scientists, astronauts, UFO spotters, magicians, astrologists, film makers, rock stars, artists, actors, adulterers and unrequited lovers, all woven into a web where truth and illusion meet.
But who can tell which is which in the House of Rumour?
Using the Tarot card deck as its structure, The House of Rumour is a novel of breathtaking scope, daring and imagination and confirms Jake Arnott as one of the most exciting and unusual writers of our times.