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Angelmaker (Paperback)

Author:  Nick Harkaway
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307743624
ISBN-13: 9780307743626
Sku: 229371310
Publish Date: 10/23/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  477
Age Range:  NA
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From the acclaimed author of "The Gone-Away World," blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world.
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From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.
Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew ?Tommy Gun? Spork, he has turned his back on his family's mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be?she's a retired international secret agent. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie's old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe's got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe's once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father's old gun . . .

From the Hardcover edition.
When a young and unassuming clock repairman fixes a particular clock, his life changes forever in Nick Harkaway's second novel, ANGELMAKER. Having a notorious criminal for a father has encouraged Joe Spork to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble. That's why he likes his work repairing the insides of time-keeping devices. Edie Banister, on the other hand, wishes she could control her clock and turn back time: the nonagenarian ex-spy is bored by old age and disillusioned with the contemporary situation. A series of strange events, however, set Joe and Edie off on a wild adventure that takes Joe out of his comfort zone, puts Edie back in the hot seat, and makes them both responsible for the future of the world.


"Perhaps inspired by the New Wave science fiction of Michael Moorcock, the London crime novels of Jake Arnott, and the spy fiction of John le Carré (the author's father), the novel ends up being its own absurdist sendup of pulp story tropes and end-of-the-world scenarios. . . . Harkaway makes his novel great fun on every page." 01/23/2012

"A touch early in the season for a beach book, though just the kind of thing to laugh at away from polite society. Top-notch." (starred review) 03/01/2012

"[A] marvelous book, both sublimely intricate and compulsively readable." (starred review) - Bill Ott 03/15/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0477
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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