Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

By Nick Harkaway

From the acclaimed writer of The Gone-Away international, 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 shop the area from overall destruction.   Joe Spork spends his days solving vintage clocks. The son of notorious London felony Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has grew to become his again on his family’s mobster heritage and goals to dwell a quiet existence. That orderly life is without warning upended while Joe prompts a very strange clockwork mechanism. His shopper, Edie Banister, is greater than the kindly previous woman she appears to be like to be—she’s a retired foreign undercover agent. And the machine? It’s a Nineteen 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Joe now faces the wrath of either the British executive and a diabolical South Asian dictator who's additionally Edie’s outdated arch-nemesis. at the upside, Joe’s acquired a lady: a daring receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and intercourse charm could be simply what he wishes. With Joe’s once-quiet global all at once overrun via mad priests, psychopathic serial killers, clinical geniuses and threats to the way forward for wide awake existence within the universe, he realizes that the single technique to live on is to muster the braveness to struggle, support Edie entire a challenge she deserted years in the past and decide up his father’s outdated gun . . .

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HE IS NEARLY at his front door when he hears the shout. It is a breathy, asthmatic shout, more a gasp, but it is penetrating all the same in the stillness of Quoyle Street. Pigeons scuttle nervously in the alley round the side. ‘Hello? ’ Joe turns, and beholds a rare and curious thing: a fat man running. ’ He really is running. 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.

It would crosslink the legs … hah! With a piece like that, this would have a veritable walking motion, almost human. Very impressive, very much ahead of its time. He’s seen a robot on the television which works the same way, and is considered a brilliant advance. 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.

Coquettish, she has drawn him here repeatedly and disappointed him, with bits of spavined gramophone and an unlikely steam-punkish Teasmade. They have played out a species of seduction, in which she has offered her secrets day by day and he has responded with quick, strong hands and elegant solutions to the intractable problems of broken machinery. All the while, he has known she was testing him for something, weighing him up. Somewhere in this tiny set of rooms there is something much more interesting, something which sweet, ancient Edie clearly believes is going to knock his socks off, but which she is not quite ready to reveal.

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