The House of Rumour (Hardcover)
New Harvest, 9780544077799, 436pp.
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
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Mixing the invented and the real, The House of Rumour explores WWII spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip K. Dick all appear), and the new wave music scene of the '80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves in The Jonestown Massacre and Rudolf Hess, UFO sightings and B-movies. Told through multiple narrators, what at first appears to be a constellation of random events begins to cohere as the work of a shadow organization--or is it just coincidence?Tying the strands together is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp fiction writer turned U.S. fighter pilot turned "American gnostic," who looks back on his long and eventful life, searching for connections between the seemingly disparate parts. The teeming network of interlaced secrets he uncovers has personal relevance--as it mirrors a book of 22 interconnected stories he once wrote, inspired by the major arcana cards in the tarot.Hailed as an heir to Don DeLillo's Underworld by The Guardian, The House of Rumour is a tour de force that sweeps the reader through a century's worth of secret histories.