The Facility

The Facility

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"Who are you? Are you the police? This isn't legal, you know. You can't hold me like this."

In a near-future dystopian Britain, democracy has been undermined. Emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, police start to "disappear" people from the streets for unspecified crimes. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth. Following a trail that leads to the very top of government, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Well-crafted, fast-paced, and totally compelling, The Facility is a brilliant thriller that resonates eerily with the timbre of our times.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0143120689
  • 9780143120681

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"A heart-rate-destabilising novel about the outbreak of a sinister new disease, the authorities' reactions and a pair of would-be whistleblowers. I don't know the ending yet - I'm half-dreading it - but this is one fiendish, impressive book." -- David Mitchell, author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET "Lelic's follow-up proves he's no one-hit wonder. The Facility is well crafted...pacy and absorbing from the first page...Lelic has demonstrated once again his talent as a storyteller, keeping his prose fast-paced and always giving his characters distinct, believable voices. With The Facility he finds a niche as an author of solid, engrossing thrillers who could well turn out to be a serial bestseller." -- Time Out (London) -- four out of five stars "Lelic can plot like a demon and write wonderful dialogue...[He] has real talent and it will be interesting to see where he goes next." -- The Guardian (London) " concerns a top-secret institution where a number of prisoners have been taken against their will." -- The Bookseller (UK) "Timely...Lelic has written a thriller for our times, whose plot is driven by a political machine that's oiled and ready in the real world...This is Kafka meets Orwell in contemporary England." -- The Herald Scotland "The Facility is an uputdownable thriller...there is simply no putting the book down at any point...Apart from his storytelling skills Lelic has two potent weapons in his armoury, his dialogue which is scabrous and flint-edged and his characters." -- Daily Express (UK) "[Lelic's] ability to create an atmosphere of tension and foreboding fits...neatly into this frighteningly believable conspiracy thriller... Clever, well-paced and with a clear message, this is an ambitious and important novel with shades of George Orwell's 1984 at its core" -- Liverpool Post (UK) "An elegant crime thriller about a falsely imprisoned man and his estranged wife, intent on finding the truth. They collide with a journalist investigating a secret government facility hidden in the countryside. Topical and fast-paced." -- Red Magazine (UK) "A deeply unsettling read." -- Daily Mirror (UK) "Vivid and compelling, it has drawn comparisons with George Orwell's 1984." -- Big Issue in the North (UK) "With his fragile, sympathetic characters, Lelic has the same ability to make us look at the society we're creating as John le Carré." -- Independent (UK) "50 Best Winter Reads" "Lelic's lean prose and intelligent approach to a controversial issue produce a riveting read."--Publishers Weekly "Former journalist Lelic brings the skills of his profession to bear in his fiction: timely topics relayed in the crispest of prose... in his latest, he dissects with chilling precision the consequences of unchecked governmental authority... Lelic makes numerous salient points about the suspension of civil liberties by an all-powerful entity even as he depicts the nightmare of an innocent man and his evolution from outright terror to dignified resistance. A fast-paced, topical read."--Booklist "A perfect, gleaming piece of engineering...It works like a vise."--Onion A.V. Club -- Onion AV Club "Fans of Saramago's Blindness will be blown away by this, a chilling election-year fable for our current era of universal surveillance and corporate control of media and its perverse influence on politics. Lelic's prose is lean and cinematic."--Library Journal
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About Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is the author of The Child Who and A Thousand Cuts, winner of a Betty Trask award, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award and for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel; it was also selected as a New York Times notable crime book. He has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He lives in Brighton, England, with his wife and three children.
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Rating details

425 ratings
3.1 out of 5 stars
5 9% (37)
4 25% (107)
3 41% (174)
2 18% (78)
1 7% (29)

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I have to admit that this book is not my normal kind of book to read. Probably if I had not already agreed to read and review it, I may not have finished it. But in many ways, I am glad I persevered. The story was very realistic, and perhaps the romantic in me did not like that. But I did find that at the end, I actually cared about the people involved and even wished things might have been different for them. I will warn you right off the bat. The language of the book is realistic, and profanity is rampant. I could have done without that, for it is what intially turned me off. There are homosexual issues as well, and there is even a semi-homosexual scene within it but without too much detail. Do not read this if either of these greatly offend you. I think the most intriguing thing about this read was to realize that this could happen even in this day and age. Imagine people being shut away in a prison because of their lifestyle and a disease they may or may not have. And the government cover-up was also intriguing if not embarrassing. It makes not difference that the setting was England. This could happen anywhere--even in our precious U.S.A. I cannot say I like the ending--I will not spoil it for anyone--but I know this is realistic fiction. I also was not sure about the author's use of the present tense within the narrative, but after about page 100, I got over that. I will say that author weaves a different kind of story than I have ever read before, and I am glad that I read it, if for no other reason, than it makes me think!show more
by Ruth Hill
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