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By Nick Harkaway

From the acclaimed writer of The Gone-Away international, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy because the forces of excellent sq. off opposed to the forces of evil, and purely an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can keep the realm from overall destruction.   Joe Spork spends his days solving old clocks. The son of notorious London legal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has grew to become his again on his family’s mobster heritage and goals to reside a quiet lifestyles. That orderly life is unexpectedly upended while Joe prompts a very strange clockwork mechanism. His customer, Edie Banister, is greater than the kindly previous girl she looks to be—she’s a retired foreign undercover agent. And the gadget? It’s a Fifties doomsday computing device. Having caused it, Joe now faces the wrath of either the British executive and a diabolical South Asian dictator who's additionally Edie’s previous arch-nemesis. at the upside, Joe’s acquired a woman: a daring receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and intercourse attraction might be simply what he wishes. With Joe’s once-quiet international without notice overrun through mad clergymen, psychopathic serial killers, clinical geniuses and threats to the way forward for wakeful existence within the universe, he realizes that the single approach to live to tell the tale is to muster the braveness to struggle, aid Edie entire a project she deserted years in the past and decide up his father’s outdated gun . . .

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Hide. Deceive. A day of ghosts, most unwelcome and unawaited. ‘Then I shall expect your pre-emptive offer to be quite striking. I’m sure it would have been anyway! And if you’ll be so kind as to excuse me, gentlemen, I have another client appointment – on an unrelated matter, I assure you – at ten-thirty, and I really need to go. ’ There is a long pause. Jesus, Joe thinks, are they actually going to jump me? And then: ‘Ideal,’ Mr Titwhistle says. He reaches into his jacket and produces, between two meagre fingers, a crisp white business card.

Cecily? ’ ‘Joe? Joe? Joe? What Joe? I know no Joe. The phenomenon known as Joe is an illusion created by my conscious mind to account for the discrepancy between the number of scones I buy and the number I eventually consume. His putative reality has been demonstrated false by empirical testing. In any case, extant or not, he no longer cares. ’ ‘And well you might be. ’ ‘I’m fine.

He’s not quick – although he’s light on his feet, as so many fat men are – but he has considerable momentum and powerful thighs, and he is not trotting, cantering, or jogging, but actually running. He reminds Joe at this remove of his mother’s father, the meat-packer, shaven-headed and layered with gammon and eggs. This specimen has his bulk, but not his heft, and is somewhere between thirty and fifty. ‘Hello? ’ Yes, ‘we’, for indeed there are two of them, one fat and the other thin, the little one concealed behind his enormous companion, walking fastidiously along in the wake of the whale.

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