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The Dying Light by Henry Porter
  

The Dying Light

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CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist 2010.

This first class thriller with its worryingly feasible storyline is gripping stuff. Published in 2009 the novel was set shortly after the 2012 Olympics and predicted a near future where civil liberties had been eroded; a surveillance state of ‘totalitarian technology’ where the British government colludes with big business to spy on its subjects.

Just three years on from publication, Henry Porter’s ‘prophecies’ in The Dying Light have now come to pass with terrifying accuracy.

As well as being “one of the masters of the genre” (DAILY TELEGRAPH) Henry is a writer and journalist specialising in liberty and civil rights, and has been contributing to the GUARDIAN coverage of the NSA and GCHQ surveillance revelations of 2013. Click here to see his "Opinion Pieces" in the Guardian.

Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Robert Wilson, Alan Furst.

CWA Judges’ comments: 'Alarming political thriller with a powerful message: our freedom and personal integrity are at risk.'

If you like Henry Porter you might also like to read books by John Le Carre, Gerald Seymour and Robert Harris.

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Synopsis

The Dying Light by Henry Porter

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...

Reviews

'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

'For those who like political thrillers, this is one of the season's best: scary, informative and, alas, eminently believable'
ECONOMIST

'The Dying Light bowls along at a cracking pace with more twists and turns than a street map of Venice'
INDEPENDENT

About the Author

Henry Porter

Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of the American magazine Vanity Fair and divides his time between New York and London.

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Publication date

16th September 2010

Author

Henry Porter

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www.henry-porter.com/

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
All Shortlists and Winners
Crime / Mystery
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Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9780753827970

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