The Business by Iain Banks

The Business

Iain Banks

400 pages missing pub info (editions)

fiction contemporary thriller challenging medium-paced
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Who Do You Work For? The Business, a nearly omnipotent enterprise, is so infinitely discreet that even its top executives are vague about its actual business. It predates the Christian church and counts among its vast riches dozens of Michelangel...

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adventurous 50%
mysterious 50%
challenging 12%
dark 12%
emotional 12%
funny 12%
hopeful 12%
lighthearted 12%
reflective 12%
tense 12%


medium 62%
slow 37%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 57% | Character: 28% | Plot: 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | No: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | No: 40%

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