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Jake Arnott - Author

About the Author

Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. He is the author of the THE LONG FIRM, published by Sceptre in 1999 and subsequently made into an acclaimed BBC TV series. His second novel, HE KILLS COPPERS, was also made into a series by Channel 4. He has since published the novels TRUECRIME, JOHNNY COME HOME, THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH and THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR.

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Featured books by Jake Arnott

Other books by Jake Arnott

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 6: Der Moorkrieger

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 6: Der Moorkrieger

Author: Jake Arnott Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2016

ZEITREISEN - Eine einzigartige Kurzgeschichtensammlung neuer Doctor-Who-Abenteuer von einigen der besten Autoren, die das uns bekannte Universum zu bieten hat!

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 5: Eine Handvoll Sternenstaub

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 5: Eine Handvoll Sternenstaub

Author: Jake Arnott Format: eBook Release Date: 29/02/2016

ZEITREISEN - Eine einzigartige Kurzgeschichtensammlung neuer Doctor-Who-Abenteuer von einigen der besten Autoren, die das uns bekannte Universum zu bieten hat!

Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust (Time Trips)

Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust (Time Trips)

Author: Jake Arnott Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2014

The TARDIS is diverted to England in 1572, and the Sixth Doctor and Peri meet John Dee mathematician, astrologer, alchemist, magician, and the greatest mind of our time . ( Only of your time? , the Doctor asks, unimpressed.) But what brought them here? When the Doctor discovers that Dee and his assistant have come across a great disturbance in the cosmos, in the constellation of Cassiopeia, he realizes that they are all in terrible danger.

The House of Rumour

The House of Rumour

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and outer space - 'a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic . . . brilliant' (Independent on Sunday). In 1941, Larry Zagorski was a naive young writer of science-fiction. Seven decades on, he looks back on that crucial year and traces his place in a mysterious web - one that connects the Second World War with the Space Age, stretches from London to Cuba and Southern California, and links Ian Fleming with Rudolf Hess in a conspiracy that reverberates in the present. Could this be the secret history of the 20th century? In a mesmerising novel peopled by spies and propagandists, the conned and the heartbroken, dreamers and fanatics, the question is: who will you believe?

The House of Rumour

The House of Rumour

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Larry Zagorski spins wild tales of fantasy worlds for pulp magazines. But as the Second World War hangs in the balance, the lines between imagination and reality are starting to blur. In London, spymasters enlist occultists in the war of propaganda. In Southern California, a charismatic rocket scientist summons dark forces and an SF writer founds a new religion. In Munich, Nazis consult astrologists as they plot peace with the West and dominion over the East. And a conspiracy is born that will ripple through the decades to come. The truth, it seems, is stranger than anything Larry could invent. But when he looks back on the 20th century, the past is as uncertain as the future. Just where does truth end and illusion begin? THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR is a novel of soaring ambition, a mind-expanding journey through the ideas that have put man on the moon yet brought us to the brink of self-destruction. What will you believe?

The Devil's Paintbrush

The Devil's Paintbrush

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

A fascinating, unusual and seductive historical novel by the bestselling author of The Long Firm. In a Parisian restaurant, Aleister Crowley, the notorious occultist, chances on Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald: once one of the greatest heroes of the British Empire, now facing ruin in a shocking scandal - and vulnerable to Crowley's curious offer of help. An extraordinary night of transgression and revelation ensues . . . Probing beneath the surface of Victorian conformity, this is an enthralling tale of imperialism, sexuality and the nature of belief, which captures a world on the brink of a brutal new era.

Johnny Come Home

Johnny Come Home

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2007

'Hypnotic, feverish and altogether wonderful' (Guardian) - the author of the bestselling Long Firm trilogy turns his eye on the anarchic 1970s. As the dreams of the 1960s give way to anger and political unrest in the '70s, the charismatic anarchist Declan O'Connell commits suicide, leaving his boyfriend Pearson and fellow squatter Nina to try to make sense of what has happened. Enter Sweet Thing, a streetwise rent boy, who has an uncanny hold over glam rock star Johnny Chrome; and in the wings lurks Detective Sergeant Walker of the newly formed Bomb Squad, who knows more about O'Connell than anyone ever suspected. The course of all their lives is about to change forever.

The Long Firm Trilogy

The Long Firm Trilogy

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2005

Ranging from the Swinging Sixties to the Raving Nineties and with a cast that includes the machiavellian gangster Harry Starks, politicians, bent coppers, actresses and gutter journalists, Arnott's fictional portrait of cultural change and moral decay is at once sharply funny, relentlessly compelling, and frighteningly real.

truecrime

truecrime

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2004

A blistering take on Cool Britannia and London's underbelly in the 1990s, the third novel in Jake Arnott's loose trilogy following The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers. It's 1995, and crime is the new cool. Actress Julie wants none of it as she comes to terms with her hidden criminal roots. But her public-school boyfriend is going all mockney and writing the script of his 'classic British gangster movie'. Meanwhile, 'Geezer' Gaz, wannabe villain, is losing control as he preys on the Essex rave scene. And sixties gang boss Harry Starks is back to haunt them all . . . New lads meet old lags, celebrity villains mix with media types and Cool Britannia is stripped bare in wickedly sardonic fashion. Welcome to Cruel Britannia.

He Kills Coppers

He Kills Coppers

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2001

Jake Arnott's 'mesmerizing, brilliant' (New York Times Book Review) second novel, a literary thriller that delves into corruption on both sides of the law and at the heart of the state. During the long hot summer of 1966, a senseless murder shocks the nation and brings the World Cup euphoria to an abrupt end. Yet it marks a beginning for three men, who are inextricably linked to the crime and its consequences: an ambitious detective struggling with his conscience; a tabloid journalist with a nose for a nasty story; and a disaffected thief, haunted by his violent past. Spanning three decades of profound social change, this gripping novel explores corruption on both sides of the law and at the very heart of the state.