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Author: Jake Arnott Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469283593
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Mixing the invented and the real, The House of Rumour explores World War II spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip K. Dick all appear), and the new-wave music scene of the 1980s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot also weaves in the Jonestown massacre and Rudolf Hess, UFO sightings and B movies. Told in a variety of narrative voices, 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. airman-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—it mirrors a book of twenty-two interconnected stories he once wrote, inspired by the major arcana cards in the tarot.

Hailed by the Guardian as an heir to Don DeLillo’s Underworld, The House of Rumour is a tour de force that sweeps the listener through a century’s worth of secret histories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I have always enjoyed Jake Arnott’s glam-rock gangster novels, but they hardly prepared me for The House of Rumour. Confirming that the inter-linked short story is the coolest literary form du jour, Arnott shuffled narratives about science-fiction, Scientology, Eighties pop stars, doomed love, nuclear physics and the occult into a knowing, clever and intricately woven collection that deserves to rain on Cloud Atlas’ parade or accompany Jennifer Egan on a visit to the goon squad. Brilliant and oddly moving. ”

    The Independent

  • “A conspiracy thriller filled with bewildering connections, dark conjecture and arcane information, The House of Rumour perhaps most resembles The Da Vinci Code, rewritten by an author with the gifts of characterization, wit, and literacy.”


  • “Like Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad or David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, its form uses interlinked short stories…The House of Rumour is a brilliant achievement that invites repeated readings.”


  • “A virtuoso blurring of fact and fantasy…Highly entertaining and perhaps even mind-expanding, Arnott’s high-class conjuring act shows that truth really is stranger than fiction.”

    Sunday Times

  • “A novel that combines the pleasures of genre fiction and the thematic richness of literary fiction, while blurring the line between the two and exploding the very concept of genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jake Arnott was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1961. His novel, The Long Firm, the story of the charismatic gangster Harry Starks, was published in 1999 to critical acclaim and commercial success and was subsequently adapted as a major BBC drama serial. Along with He Kills Coppers (2001), also adapted for television, and truecrime (2003) his first three books form a noir trilogy that spans the last four decades of the twentieth century. Since this trilogy, Arnott has published three more novels. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.