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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. The clockwork is in actual fact, a 1950's doomsday device that he's just accidentally triggered, and is none the wiser until his friends suddenly turn up dead, there's mad monks in black shrouds, the governments telling tales about him, a South Asian dictator who will just not stay dead, a village that disappeared into the sea under suspicious circumstances, mechanical bee's, a serial killer and scientific geniuses parading all over London and invading his once quiet life and turning it upside down. North provides her with the handicap of an unsupportive, disbelieving husband, which was cause for a bit of eye-rolling.

Certain parts of this story are very creepy like making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up type of creepy(which I loved).Sometimes we even jump character midpage, and it began to feel like an elaborate house of cards that could take a spill at any moment. And go back to what I said about Joe and typical heroes in this type of novel; tell me Randy Waterhouse doesn’t fit this exact mold. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast.

I enjoy the author’s flirtation of supernatural elements in his previous mystery books, but the use of the supernatural was too blatant in this one for me. He studied philosophy, sociology and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry.I think I understood what North was trying to do, an attempt to make a thriller something different, using a few different approaches, the serial killer, the brother whose had suffered an attack that colors his whole life, a devoted sister, a professor who sees his death through predestination, a red car, and many characters, settings and my confusion. Ideally I could just convince you to read the book without telling you anything about the plot (which is extraordinary), risking spoilers and giving away bits and pieces that you shouldn't know going into it. The word "actinic" – which seems to have something important to do with electromagnetic radiation – appears about twice too often, even for a novel as long as this one. I wouldn't classify this one as a typical thriller per se but more as a crime/detective novel with thriller and horror elements tied in.

I am not going to dive too far into the synopsis because it’ll give away the twist, but will mention one thing as a heads up.And this is so close to something Grandpa Spork once said that Joe Spork, even after a sleepless night and a bad cat morning, finds himself nodding. 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. The book made it seem that the nutjob serial kill was in fact some prophet with supernatural abilities. A distinguished professor of fate and free will has been brutally murdered just hours after firing his staff. The characters really needed more development because they are introduced to the reader and you don’t get enough time to become acquainted with them before moving on to the next.

This was a creepy, fast and entertaining read for myself as I really enjoyed the author's writing and storytelling.He was straight up despicable, yet the events of the book seemed to confirm he was right since it never addressed the reason for why the book had power in the first place. As he awaits death, he thinks about the three people whose journeys are linked to his-journeys that will continue the day after he is gone….

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