The House of Rumour: A Novel

By Jake Arnott

Blending the invented and the genuine, The condo of Rumour explores WWII secret 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 song scene of the ’80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves within the Jonestown bloodbath and Rudolf Hess, flying saucers sightings and B-movies. advised via a number of narrators, what in the beginning seems to be a constellation of random occasions starts to cohere because the paintings of a shadow organization—or is it simply accident?

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

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

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He was once placing jointly a different commando unit for intelligence collecting. It was once then that he instructed me in regards to the queer ebook titled Swastika evening that he used to be convinced had in a few unusual manner envisioned Hess’s flight to Scotland. He had even interviewed the writer, who became out to be a lady writing below a male pseudonym. In 1985, an American writer, the Feminist Press, reissued Swastika evening and printed its writer as Katharine Burdekin. I received carry of a duplicate and located that there has been certainly a reference (on web page 87) to a personality known as Hess leaving the Nazi internal circle and traveling to Scotland. It appeared a strange twist of fate. the following time I observed Fleming used to be in Normandy in ’44, simply after the D-Day landings. i used to be with a reporting unit at Carteret the place the Allied armies have been regrouping ahead of advancing to the north-east. He was once with this commando squad he had shaped, the 30 attack Unit. He referred to as them his ‘Red Indians’. I keep in mind that bloodhound expression on his face. good-looking, rushing, prepared for the fray. His battledress just a little too fresh and good adapted. We obtained an opportunity to examine the large rocket installations the Germans had left in the back of: titanic concrete bunkers, release pads and gantries. We walked round dismantled missile components, nose-cones and finned engine assemblies. looking back it was once just like the atmosphere of 1 of his books. As we picnicked on K-rations amid futurist ruins, I requested him what he meant doing after the conflict. I approximately choked on my junk mail while he spoke back: ‘Why, write the secret agent tale to finish all undercover agent tales. ’ For a second I had a imaginative and prescient of him telling a few imaginitive account of Operation Mistletoe. i used to be professionally appalled yet in my opinion intrigued by means of the potential of somebody making feel of 1 of the best mysteries of the battle. probably it can make feel simply as fiction. possibly Fleming had labored out a few type of key to it. It was once an entire ten years prior to his first e-book got here out. I scanned it for any noticeable clues yet quickly realised what a futile activity it was once to chase after hidden meanings in novels. Granted, the determine of ‘M’ in on line casino Royale is obviously Maxwell Knight: all people within the carrier knew him as such (Fleming even supplies him a major of employees named invoice, simply as Knight had). This was once telling when you consider that rather Fleming had dealings simply with Knight over Mistletoe. And Joan Miller is unquestionably the template for the horny assistant that Bond flirts with. such a lot playful of all was once the most obvious use of Crowley as concept for the villain Le Chiffre (French for cypher). yet then this could rarely be the 1st time the nice Beast have been become a fictional personality. And there has been not anything else within the e-book that even hinted at any method to the puzzle of Operation Mistletoe. i need to say that i used to be greater than a bit upset. i used to be by way of then married to Clarissa Devereux, the 3rd daughter of the Lord Marshalsea. It were a short engagement, simply after the battle while every thing appeared hopeful. It’s stunning to imagine now how blameless we have been, specially of sexual issues.

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