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Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His amateur science lab — the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in the most surprising places — has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an internet-fuelled hysteria erupts, Els — the 'Bioterrorist Bach' — pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Together, they hatch a plan to turn this disastrous collision with state security into a work that will reawaken a nationwide audience to the glorious sounds and symphonies that lie hidden all around them.
'Sweet, funny, sad and haunting… A formidably intelligent, ecstatically noisy novel' Guardian