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
'British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why' Lee Child
'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.
This epic novel of spies and migrants should be up there for the year's thriller awards ... remarkable ... his best book yet. Full of poignant scenes and mesmeric action sequences - Sunday Times
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
Splendid... precocious Syrian 13-year-old Naji is a hero of appeal and intelligence - The Times
A worthy addition to Porter's impressive canon of post-Cold War spy thrillers - Mail on Sunday
Beautifully written and filled with fascinating, if thoroughly disturbing, insights into ISIS's cruel mentality and the physical and mental hardships suffered by desperate homeless refuges, this is possibly the most exciting thriller you'll read this summer - Irish Independent
Porter is a wizard with words ... a very good thriller - Literary Review
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.