One dark December day, a corpse washes up on a beach in Cornwall. The corpse is that of Jerry Cornelius. But you can’t keep a dead man down. There’s an apocalypse brewing, and Cornelius is here to herald in pandemonium across multiple alternative worlds. Joined by the usual ramshackle array of familiars – doomed Catherine, monstrous Bishop Beesley and, of course, the intermittently evil Miss Brunner – world domination, lavish parties, shootings and warfare are all in a day’s work. Goodbye civilization; this is your requiem.
Described as A Romance of Entropy, the third book in the Cornelius Quartet, The English Assassin, is the darkest installment of Cornelius’s adventures. Each wildly inventive catastrophe is bound up with real newspaper clippings from the time of writing, reminding us that the world of chaos doesn’t sound so different from our own.