Archie Bland

Interstellar Kredit

Fun Inc.: Why Games Are the 21st Century’s Most Serious Business

By

Virgin Books 258pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

The greatest heist in the history of the universe took about a year to pull off, and when it was finished, things were never quite the same again. There was corporate espionage on an epic scale, a co-ordinated attack that saw nimble, ruthless spies infiltrate every nook of a bloated corporation led by a CEO whose paranoia, arising from a string of bitter personal rivalries, turned out to be not nearly neurotic enough. After months of preparation, the leader of the cryptically named Guiding Hand Social Club gave a signal, and the goods in every single one of the target organisation’s warehouses were swiftly loaded up and taken away. The corporate coffers were instantly emptied. And that twitchy Chief Executive was murdered. No more ruthlessly effective con had ever been executed. The losses ran to billions.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Englishmen Abroad in the Reign of Henry VIII'. Free lecture by Dr Susan Brigden, Thurs 18 Oct, 6.30pm Europe Hou… ,
    • It 'contains twists and near misses and bit-part players, everything you might expect from a true-crime story'. Ian… ,
    • Oh normally a week or two before the ceremony itself - so mid-November. ,
    • Ian Sansom reviews The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by… ,
    • 'It is hard to think of an economist who could craft such an elegantly readable account of postwar failure as this.… ,
    • Frederick Forsyth reviews The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by ,
    • . reviews What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Great Britain by James Hamilton-Paterson ,