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Dead Air

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405531122

Price: £17.99

ON SALE: 23rd January 2014

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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Iain Banks’ daring new novel opens in a loft apartment in the East End, in a former factory due to be knocked down in a few days. Ken Nott is a devoutly contrarian vaguely left wing radio shock-jock living in London. After a wedding breakfast people start dropping fruits from a balcony on to a deserted carpark ten storeys below, then they start dropping other things; an old TV that doesn’t work, a blown loudspeaker, beanbags, other unwanted furniture…Then they get carried away and start dropping things that are still working, while wrecking the rest of the apartment. But mobile phones start ringing and they’re told to turn on a TV, because a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Centre…

At ease with the volatility of modernity, Iain Banks is also our most accomplished literary writer of narrative-driven adventure stories that never ignore the injustices and moral conundrums of the real world. His new novel, displays his trademark dark wit, buoyancy and momentum.

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A thrilling read, it's a dazzlingly clever, edgy, suspenseful book
Scotland on Sunday
A Buchanesque adventure yarn set in twenty-first-century London
The Times
Banks's clever, tense book gives a good idea of where fiction might usefully go with this material. Staying away from the media described events at Ground Zero, he impressively details the social aftermath in London: paranoia on underground trains and in high buildings, suspicion of foreigners, a delirious new edge to political argument and sexual encounters
Mark Lawson, Guardian
Hugely entertaining
Daily Telegraph