by Nick Harkaway
by Author Name Nick Harkaway
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- List Price: €16.00
- Format: Paperback, 234 x 153 x 40mm, 576pp
- Publication date: 02 Feb 2012
- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
- ISBN-13: 9780434020959
Joe Spork, the son of a deceased criminal, repairs clocks and lives a quiet life in an uninspiring part of London. Edie Banister lives a similarly unassuming life but memories and thoughts of her past life as a spy are never far from her mind. When Joe fixes an unusual automaton for Edie that turns out to be a Doomsday device, their humdrum lives are radically transformed and in perilous danger. The characters in Angelmaker are superb, particularly that of Edie who, at the age of almost ninety, still wields a pistol with the utmost of confidence, while viewing the world with the detachment of a spy. Although the book is set in modern times, it has a wonderfully dark, humorous atmosphere with definite hints of noir. The writing is like clockwork, ticking and winding and counting down to a fantastic ending.
- Helen Corcoran, Grafton St
This is from the acclaimed author of "The Gone-Away World" - a new riveting action spy thriller, blistering gangster noir, and howling absurdist comedy: a propulsively entertaining tale about a mobster's son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world. All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don't always get paid and he's single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he's not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew 'Tommy Gun' Spork, his infamous criminal dad. Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn't. She's nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn't. She's a former superspy and now she's ...well ...old. Worse yet, the things she fought to save don't seem to exist anymore, and she's beginning to wonder if they ever did. When Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. The client? Unknown. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.With Joe's once-quiet world now populated with mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realises that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she gave up years ago, and pick up his father's old gun...
"This brilliant, boundless mad genius of a book runs on its own frenetic energy, and bursts with infinite wit, inventive ambition and damn fine storytelling. You finish reading it in gape-mouthed awe and breathless admiration, having experienced something very special indeed." -- Matt Haig, Author Of The Radleys "You're in for a treat... Dickens meets Mervyn Peake in a modern Mother London." -- William Gibson "Trying to categorise this big, wildly imaginative novel is enough to tie the brain in knots; it's a comedy, a thriller, a crazy fantasy ... Harkaway has created a wonderfully entertaining, unguessable kaleidoscope of a novel. And e-book readers will miss the additional pleasure of a hardback that looks as gorgeously ornate as its contents." -- Kate Saunders The Times "A story of technology and morality. It's a wonderfully strange, rich piece of work - extremely entertaining and exciting - and has a wonderfully comic aspect to it as well." -- William Gibson New York Times