A conspiracy thriller filled with bewildering connections, dark conjecture and arcane information, The House of Rumour perhaps most resembles The Da Vinci Code, rewritten by an author with the gifts of characterisation, wit and literacy. It may be the ideal holiday read for those who like to take their brains with them on vacation.
The world of intelligence, the world of creativity, the world of the occult - all these dance round each other flirtatiously . . . Arnott is not just a cynical games player fascinated by the possibilities of structure and thought experiments. He has the capacity to make us care about humanity . . . Whatever he touches on feels right, whether he has made it up or looked it up; this is a supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one.
I loved this book . . . Once the connections start to engage, it snaps into sharp focus and the structure of the whole comes plain . . . The artistry of it is stunning