The Rumor Game: A Novel (Hardcover)

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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.

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 about Rosie Riveters' safety on the job, 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.

About the Author

THOMAS MULLEN is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including Darktown, an NPR Best Book, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and was nominated for or won prizes in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The follow-up, Lightning Men, was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times and was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. His debut, The Last Town on Earth, was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction.

Praise For…

Praise for the Works of Thomas Mullen

“Time and again, Mullen’s suspenseful storytelling pulls us forward.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Mullen unfolds his multifaceted plot with a sure hand and lively characterizations.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A brilliant blend of crime, mystery, and American history . . . Terrific entertainment.” —Stephen King

“Mullen is a wonderful architect of intersecting plotlines and unexpected answers.” —The Washington Post

“A novel that will stay with you for a very long time.” —Booklist (starred review)

“It’s rare to find a thriller with such a fantastic and original concept. I was gripped.” —Anthony Horowitz

“An exciting page-turner that’s also full of sharp writing and thought-provoking ideas.” —Charles Yu

“Terrific . . . brimming with imagination.” —Jason Rekulak

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250842770
ISBN-10: 1250842778
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English