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'54

by Wu Ming - £9.99  Arrow Books (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099472339 | ISBN 10: 0099472333

The year: 1954, the height of the Cold War.
 
The world is divided into East and West.
 
In Naples, Lucky Luciano and his minions are busy fixing horse races, and overseeing the creation of the global heroin trade.
 
In Hollywood, members of Her Majesty's Secret Service have a dangerous mission for the supremely elegant actor Cary Grant.
 
And in Bologna, Pierre Capponi, a lovelorn young barman, is about to embark on a painful odyssey in search of his missing father, one that will end up taking him halfway around the world.
 
And bringing together all these strands and more is a missing television set, a McGuffin Electric, an appliance with a very special secret...

"Perfect holiday reading... delicious... the Wu Ming clan have pulled off [a] coup... Dazzlingly smart, but shamelessly enjoyable."
(Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Books of the Year')

(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)

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