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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753827972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753827970
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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)

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)

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)

A gripping and thought provoking thriller (CHOICE)

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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]

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