The Business by Iain Banks
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From one of Britain's most celebrated authors comes this fast-paced and wickedly satirical novel -- already a top bestseller in England -- about a highly secretive, centuries-old organization bent on global domination.From Silicon Valley to Scotland's Silicon Glen, Kate Telman trawls the globe in search of opportunities for her place of employment, cryptically known only as The Business. Though raised from girlhood to be a partner in The Business, Kate is still trying to navigate the mysterious world of the cabal-like organization whose origins predate the Christian church.With tentacles stretching from the ice-fields of Antarctica to a remote Himalayan principality, The Business boasts possession of a book of DaVinci cartoons, pornographic paintings by Michelangelo, and several sets of crown jewels. Yet its exact nature seems to be vague to the point of invisibility. In the course of her journey, Kate begins to uncover some curious facts about her enigmatic employer, and to keep control of her life she must learn to do The Business.In its first week out, The Business hit #3 on the Times of London's bestseller list, with tens of thousands of British readers having thrilled to this visciously funny commentary on corporate takeovers, the rise of the Internet, and other post-Cold War struggles for economic and political domination.

About Iain Banks

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Iain Banks is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Wasp Factory -- recently selected in a British poll as one of the top 100 novels of the twentieth century -- and the international bestsellers A Song of Stone and Complicity. He lives in Scotland.
Published August 12, 1999 by Little Brown Uk. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Fiction

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From the usually thought-provoking, even disturbing, Banks (A Song of Stone, 1998, etc.) comes a clever, well-paced, but surprisingly slight business thriller.

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