The Dying Light
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 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 devastating explosion. But Eyam has left a devastating legacy and certain members of the congregation on that bitterly cold March day are desperate to suppress it. A group of locals come to feel the full weight of the state's determination. Kate Lockhart, now a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer from Manhattan but a former SIS officer in Indonesia is equal to Eyam's legacy . She becomes the focus of the state's paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, with all the cunning of her former trade, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam. The state is no match for the genius of the dead.
- Hardback | 416 pages
- 160 x 236 x 36mm | 680.39g
- 06 Aug 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Henry Porter
Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He contributes commentary and reportage to the GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, EVENING STANDARD and SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. He is the British editor of VANITY FAIR, and lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
'Major new thriller by the campaigning British journalist about today's Britain as a police state. Porter is adept at spinning a credible yarn and the book could well prove highly controversial' THE BOOKSELLER 'Former spook Kate Lockhart is enraged by the violent death of her old lover, David Eyam, head of British Intelligence. Even more chilling is the legacy he leaves behind which is set to spin the UK into a police state' -- Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR 'In Henry Porter's exciting, timely and frightening story, a single brave, prescient individual eventually outwits megalomaniac officialdom. This book is primarily a can't-put-it-down , rattling good yarn but it's also a deadly serious and truly awful warning' -- Jessica Mann LITERARY REVIEW 'A daring, stylish and tensely paced thriller that brilliantly imagines the consequences for Joe Public should some of the government's suggested security proposals become law' METRO 'Worthwhile and gripping conspiracy thriller' MORNING STAR 'Henry Porter's latest conspiracy thriller is neatly designed, elegantly written and, politically, a little subversive' ...The theme and plot do, however, meet in one particularly satisfying set piece that demonstrates the value of having a good defence lawyer, one of the several moments that places The Dying Light among the higher ranks of its genre' -- Robert Murphy METRO 'For those who like political thrillers, this is one of the season's best: scary, informative and, alas, eminently believable' ECONOMIST 'He is widely recognised now as a real master of the literary espionage thriller, a true sucessor to le Carre' PRESS GAZETTE 'You'll love this brilliantly tense novel' - Five Stars HEAT 'If you're looking for a holiday read which will leave you gasping for breath then this one would take some beating' THE BOOKBAG 'The Dying Light bowls along at a cracking pace with more twists and turns than a street map of Venice' INDEPENDENT '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' -- Jeremy Jehu DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A gripping and thought-provoking thriller' CHOICE 'In the Dying Light, he has created a fearsome vision of how existing legislation - particularly the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 - could be used by a paranoiac government intent on total control... a timely cautionary tale' NEW STATESMAN '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 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' -- John O'Connell THE GUARDIAN '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 'The Dying Light offers pleasures on every page, from descriptions of the English countryside and several alluring characters, to the puzzles Eyam set; from the outrage generated by politicians' monstrosities to the sly neatness of his analysis of their activities' -- Natasha Cooper TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'a compelling and engaging tale of intrigue set in the near future' -- Michael Mansfield THE OBSERVER 'Disturbingly chilling' NEW BOOKS 'a vibrant thriller deadling with some of the great concerns of his 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 skilfully concocted political thriller that is elegantly written and eminently believable in its portayal of political malfeasance' DEADLY PLEASURES 'a compelling thriller which at the same time is a persuasive polemic about the threat to civil liberties in the United Kingdom' LITERARY REVIEW 'Henry Porter was in Orwellian mood with The Dying LIght, his vision of the locked-down, near-future Britain' -- Christmas Books DAILY TELEGRAPH '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' -- Claire Allfree METRO 'What sets The Dying Light apart from other thrillers is that it is very well written, and Porter asks two very important questions: are we allowing the building of the most advanced system of surveillance ever seen because we are so sure of our democratic values, and our respect for free speech and legality, or is this attitude potentially fatal?... An excellent Christmas present for the imaginative liberal' -- Wendy Kyrle-Pope LIBERATOR 'This is a novel of ideas, but it has all the best features of espionage fiction' DEADLY PLEASURES