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The Dying Light

The Dying Light

Foreseeing the Prism/GCHQ story, a chilling thriller of the police-state that the UK is about to become…from GUARDIAN journalist and novelist Henry Porter, ‘one of the masters of the genre’ [SUNDAY TELEGRAPH]

At his funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Kate Lockhart has come along with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a horrific explosion.

Eyam has left a devastating legacy which certain people at the funeral are desperate to suppress – but Kate Lockhart is equal to Eyam’s legacy. She becomes the focus of the state’s paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam.

And the state is no match for the genius of the dead…

A chilling – and incredibly prescient, in the aftermath of the Snowden news story – thriller from the bestselling author of A SPY’S LIFE.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense / Espionage & Spy Thriller

On Sale: 6th August 2009

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781409106982

Reviews

A gripping and thought provoking thriller
CHOICE
Set in a mdoern Britain where surveillance reigns like the one remaining eye of God, this is a tense and claustrophobic conspiracy thriller.
CATHOLIC HERALD
Porter has all the talents of a good thriller writer, particularly strong, crisp characterisation and the ability seamlessly to blend action and expertise. What really stands out in this novel, though, is the grimly plausible glimpse he gives us of a future that is already creeping up on us: a United Kingdom where elements of government and corporate interests are combining to monitor and ultimately control the lives of the country's citizens
SPECTATOR
A tense, intelligent conspiracy thriller set in a horribly plausible future-present Britain where surveillance is so pervasive that it's impossible to do anything unobserved
THE GUARDIAN
A compelling thriller which at the same time is a persuasive polemic about the threat to civil liberties in the United Kingdom
LITERARY REVIEW
A vibrant thriller dealing with some of the great concerns of his [Porter's] journalistic career: the surveillance state and the erosion of individual liberty. Although set in the future, it feels as up-to-the-minute as tomorrow's headlines
NEW STATESMAN
For those who like political thrillers, this is one of the season's best: scary, informative and, alas, eminently believable
ECONOMIST
If the best thrillers should disrupt all sense of cosy complacency, Henry Porter's The Dying Light made just emerging from under the duvet seem a risky prospect. The author and Observer political commentator has woven an upsetting truth into his fiercely intelligent tale of a near-future, police-state Britain - all the legislation necessary to create the "technological totalitarianism" he depicts is already in place
METRO
Porter rails against that very British apathy which has already allowed the state to pass all the legislation necessary to turn his dystopian nightmare into reality - the same apathy, ironically, which makes such nakedly polemical British novels so rare, and welcome
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Beautifully written, sophisticated thriller
BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
The book is a salutary warning of what happens when big business and politics end up in bed together. I'm sure some with think Porter to be paranoid. The rest of us will feel it's terrifyingly plausible
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE.COM
A wonderful novel. I read it addictively and was sorry the minute it was over. It's way too good to be called a thriller
Richard Ford
The Dying Light

The Dying Light

Foreseeing the Prism/GCHQ story, a chilling thriller of the police-state that the UK is about to become…from GUARDIAN journalist and novelist Henry Porter, ‘one of the masters of the genre’ [SUNDAY TELEGRAPH]

At his funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Kate Lockhart has come along with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a horrific explosion.

Eyam has left a devastating legacy which certain people at the funeral are desperate to suppress – but Kate Lockhart is equal to Eyam’s legacy. She becomes the focus of the state’s paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam.

And the state is no match for the genius of the dead…

A chilling – and incredibly prescient, in the aftermath of the Snowden news story – thriller from the bestselling author of A SPY’S LIFE.
Read More

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense / Espionage & Spy Thriller

On Sale: 6th August 2009

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781409106982

Reviews

Beautifully written, sophisticated thriller
BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
Set in a mdoern Britain where surveillance reigns like the one remaining eye of God, this is a tense and claustrophobic conspiracy thriller.
CATHOLIC HERALD
A wonderful novel. I read it addictively and was sorry the minute it was over. It's way too good to be called a thriller
Richard Ford
For those who like political thrillers, this is one of the season's best: scary, informative and, alas, eminently believable
ECONOMIST
A compelling thriller which at the same time is a persuasive polemic about the threat to civil liberties in the United Kingdom
LITERARY REVIEW
A gripping and thought provoking thriller
CHOICE
If the best thrillers should disrupt all sense of cosy complacency, Henry Porter's The Dying Light made just emerging from under the duvet seem a risky prospect. The author and Observer political commentator has woven an upsetting truth into his fiercely intelligent tale of a near-future, police-state Britain - all the legislation necessary to create the "technological totalitarianism" he depicts is already in place
METRO
A vibrant thriller dealing with some of the great concerns of his [Porter's] journalistic career: the surveillance state and the erosion of individual liberty. Although set in the future, it feels as up-to-the-minute as tomorrow's headlines
NEW STATESMAN
A tense, intelligent conspiracy thriller set in a horribly plausible future-present Britain where surveillance is so pervasive that it's impossible to do anything unobserved
THE GUARDIAN
Porter rails against that very British apathy which has already allowed the state to pass all the legislation necessary to turn his dystopian nightmare into reality - the same apathy, ironically, which makes such nakedly polemical British novels so rare, and welcome
DAILY TELEGRAPH
The book is a salutary warning of what happens when big business and politics end up in bed together. I'm sure some with think Porter to be paranoid. The rest of us will feel it's terrifyingly plausible
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE.COM
Porter has all the talents of a good thriller writer, particularly strong, crisp characterisation and the ability seamlessly to blend action and expertise. What really stands out in this novel, though, is the grimly plausible glimpse he gives us of a future that is already creeping up on us: a United Kingdom where elements of government and corporate interests are combining to monitor and ultimately control the lives of the country's citizens
SPECTATOR