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Title
The Bell Ringers
Author
Henry Porter
format
Hardback
Publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100202

In Henry Porter's novel, The Bell Ringers, England in the near future appears largely unchanged. There are concerns over the threat of terrorism, the press is feisty, and the prime minister is soon to call a general election. But quietlyand largely unknown to the public or even most in governmentthings have become undeniably Orwellian: cameras with license plate recognition software record every car's movements; a sophisticated top-secret data-mining system known as Deep Truth combs through personal records and identifies petty criminals as well as those disposed to antigovernment" beliefs. In the interest of security, the divide between private and public has crumbled, and freedom has given way to control. Once the prime minister's head of intelligence, and one of those who knew about Deep Truth, David Eyam suffered a fall from grace and then died in a terrorist bombing. Now his former lover has been named as the benefactor of his estate. But Eyam has left her more than just his wealth; she is also the heir to his dangerous secrets and unfinished business. Absorbing, eerie, and unsettlingly realistic, The Bell Ringers is a fearless work from a talented novelist at the top of his game.

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Henry Porter is a political columnist for The Observer newspaper in London and the UK editor of Vanity Fair. He has written five novels, including Brandenburg Gate, winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.

?For those who like political thrillers, this is one of the season's best: scary, informative, and, alas, eminently believable.” ?The Economist

?A sophisticated, engrossing, and important political thriller.” ?Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

?Porter has battled for years against the insidious creep of government snooping. If you worry about too large a dollop of didacticism, fear not: The Bell Ringers is a thriller, and Porter is a stylist who enjoys a bit of theatrical flourish. You'll find yourself imagining the movie it would make?North by Northwest meets House of Cards.
Still, the message is clear, and persuasive. Porter claims that the novel is set in the near future. Don't be fooled.” ?Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair

?Read it and you'll be hooked.” ?Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News

?Outstanding.” ?Publishers Weekly (starred review)

?A chilling political thriller ? This gripping novel will appeal to readers of action-packed patriotic thrillers (think Brad Thor) as well as fans of David Baldacci and Brad Meltzer.” ?Library Journal (starred review)

?The Bell Ringers is 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

?I can think of few writers better qualified for the contemporary thriller than Henry Porter. He's never been afraid to take a stand?he has a journalist's natural nosiness and disdain for politicians, wedded to the narrative gifts of a fine storyteller. The Bell Ringers is a novel with a purpose from a man born to make mischief. Hell, I wish I'd written it.” ?John Lawton, author of the Inspector Troy Series

?The Orwellian parallels are clear, but Porter gives the subject a subtle, complex and well-timed shot in the arm.” ?Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

?Superb.”
?Anna Mundow, The Boston Globe

?Henry Porter writes fabulous novels. Empire State was one of my favorites a couple of years back. The Bell Ringers is even better, a spy novel for everyone who loves le Carr and Deighton, but with a crisp modern woman in charge. You won't put this novel down until the final paragraph.” ?Margaret Cannon, The Globe & Mail (Canada)

?In Henry Porter's exciting, timely, and frightening story, a single brave, prescient individual [takes on] megalomaniac officialdom ? A can't-put-it-down, rattling good yarn.”
?Literary Review

?A vibrant thriller dealing with ? 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.” ?The New Statesmen, Books of the Year

?A daring, stylish, and tensely paced thriller.” ?Metro (UK)

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
288

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