By Jake Arnott
Blending the invented and the true, The condo of Rumour explores WWII undercover agent intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip ok. Dick all appear), and the recent wave song scene of the ’80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves within the Jonestown bloodbath and Rudolf Hess, unidentified flying object sightings and B-movies. advised via a number of narrators, what at the beginning seems to be a constellation of random occasions starts off 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 grew to become U.S. fighter pilot grew to become “American gnostic,” who appears again on his lengthy and eventful lifestyles, trying to find connections among the doubtless disparate components. The teeming community of interlaced secrets and techniques he uncovers has own relevance—as it mirrors a booklet of twenty-two interconnected tales he as soon as wrote, encouraged by means of the most important arcana playing cards within the tarot.
Hailed as an inheritor to Don DeLillo’s Underworld by way of The Guardian, The condo of Rumour is a journey de strength that sweeps the reader via a century’s worthy of mystery histories.