A superb new international thriller from this acclaimed and prize-winning writer: the boy could lead them straight to a terror threat at the heart of Europe. They just have to find him first - before the other side does
'A welcome return ... Firefly seems ripped from the headlines and is both timely and terrific' Mick Herron
'The eagerly awaited return of an espionage master' Charles Cumming From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen year old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information.
When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety.
A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from the acclaimed and award-winning author of Brandenburg and The Dying Light.
With its vivid portrait of the flood of refugees moving west from Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, the book could not be more timely. Porter's sympathy for the dispossessed is as cogent here as his skill at sustaining narrative tension - Guardian
A tense, intelligent conspiracy thriller set in a horribly plausible future Britain where surveillance is so pervasive that it's impossible to do anything unobserved - Guardian on The Dying Light
Splendid... precocious Syrian 13-year-old Naji is a hero of appeal and intelligence - The Times
A sophisticated, engrossing and important political thriller - Washington Post on The Dying Light
An accomplished retro-thriller . . . warmly recommended. Henry Porter has fast become one of the masters of the genre - Sunday Telegraph on Brandenburg
Porter is proving himself more of a match for Le Carre - The Mirror on Brandenburg
A powerful, propulsive piece of thriller writing - Observer
Magnificent . . . [he has] learned the oldest lesson: that characterisation and narrative are all - Spectator
Henry Porter has written five novels for Orion and one children's novel. In 2005, his novel Brandenburg, which is set in East Germany at the time of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. His thriller Empire State, the first about extraordinary rendition, was also nominated for the award. His books have been widely acclaimed and translated into over a dozen languages.
For five years he campaigned against the attack on civil liberties by the government in the Observer newspaper where he writes a column. During that time he debated with Tony Blair in a public exchange of emails about his government's record on surveillance, databases and the rights of the individual. He has been the London editor of Vanity Fair since 1993.