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The Rumor Game

On sale

27th February 2024

Price: £21.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408715055

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‘Terrific entertainment’ — STEPHEN KING on Thomas Mullen’s Darktown



A determined reporter and a reluctant FBI agent face off against fascist elements in this gripping historical thriller set in World War II-era Boston from the multi-award-nominated author.


Reporter Anne Lemire writes the Rumor Clinic, a newspaper column that disproves the many harmful rumors floating around town, some of them spread by Axis spies and others just gossip mixed with fear and ignorance. Tired of chasing silly rumors, she wants to write about something bigger.

Special Agent Devon Mulvey, one of the few Catholics at the FBI, spends his weekdays preventing industrial sabotage and his Sundays spying on clerics with suspect loyalties – and he spends his evenings wooing the many lonely women whose husbands are off at war.

When Anne’s story about Nazi propaganda intersects with Devon’s investigation into the death of a factory worker, the two are led down a dangerous trail of espionage, organized crime, and domestic fascism – one that implicates their own tangled pasts and threatens to engulf the city in violence.

With vibrant historical atmosphere and a riveting mystery that illuminates still-timely issues about disinformation and power, Thomas Mullen delivers another powerful thriller.


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Reviews

Booklist
A remarkably good book, smartly conceived and beautifully executed
Femi Kayode
An unrelenting page turner with a cast of some of the most memorable characters I have encountered in recent times. The Rumor Game is that rare thing in historical crime fiction - one that is relevant and important. Quite an achievement!
Kirkus
An unnervingly timely tale of prejudice, hatred, and violence
Star Tribune
Mullen should be every bit as big as Lehane