By Nick Harkaway

ISBN-10: 0307595951

ISBN-13: 9780307595959

From the acclaimed writer of The Gone-Away global, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy because the forces of fine sq. off opposed to the forces of evil, and merely an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can store the realm from overall destruction.   Joe Spork spends his days solving vintage 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 existence. That orderly life is abruptly upended while Joe prompts a very strange clockwork mechanism. His patron, Edie Banister, is greater than the kindly outdated girl she seems to be—she’s a retired overseas undercover agent. And the machine? It’s a Nineteen Fifties doomsday laptop. Having brought on 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 received a woman: a daring receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and intercourse charm can be simply what he wishes. With Joe’s once-quiet international by surprise overrun by means of mad clergymen, psychopathic serial killers, medical geniuses and threats to the way forward for wakeful lifestyles within the universe, he realizes that the one option to live on is to muster the braveness to struggle, aid Edie entire a venture she deserted years in the past and decide up his father’s previous gun . . .

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He tells new acquaintances) runs a number of low dives which feature gambling and other vices as their main attractions, and Joe’s job is to maintain these traditional machines – which now dispense tokens for high-value amounts and intimate services rather than mere pennies – and to bugger them systematically so that they pay out only on rare occasions or according to Jorge’s personal instruction. The price of continuity in the clockworking business is minor compromise. The floor above – the living area, where Joe has a bed and some old wooden wardrobes big enough to conceal a battleship – is a beautiful space.

This could almost be a prototype. No doubt somewhere the ghost of a dead artisan is fuming. He glances at Edie for permission, ignites a tiny blowtorch, heats a strip of metal and twists, crimps, folds. Snickersnack again. He blows on it. Crimps once more. Yes. Like that, around there, and … so. Consumatum est, as his mother would have it. Joe looks up, and Edie Banister is watching him, or perhaps she is watching her own life from a great distance. Her face is still, and for one ghastly moment he imagines she has expired right there.

Glancing warily after the eerie, absent face, Joe goes back to work. The visitor wanders towards a row of music boxes. One of them plays something light and perky, and the man looks down at it like a bird wondering whether it is something to eat. A moment later, he speaks again. ’ ‘I am looking for something. ’ ‘I believe you have recently dealt with a book I have an interest in. ’ Oh, crap. ‘Oh, dear. I can’t help you there, I’m afraid. Music, yes. ’ Joe can feel a sort of prickling on his back.

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