Nick Harkaway
Reviewed by Sheila Wright
William Heinemann
Thu, 02/02/2012

Angelmaker is an intelligent, well written and deviously plotted novel, but most of all it is great fun.

Our unlikely hero Joe Spork is the son of an infamous (deceased) mobster, but he prefers the quiet life mending clockwork. Edie Bannister is an octogenarian former spy whose nemesis Shem Shem Tsien refuses to die. Joe’s life is irrevocably changed when he unwittingly triggers a doomsday device and becomes the country’s most wanted man, hunted by the Government and a sinister organization known as ‘Ruskinites’.  This unlikely duo join forces to destroy Shem Shem Tsien, stop the ‘Apprehension Engine’ and save the world from a fate worse than death. 

Angelmaker has it all: action, tragedy, romance, philosophy, bees and a satisfyingly explosive ending. It’s highly recommended.


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