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    The Facility

    Author: Lelic, Simon
    ISBN: 9780330522731
    Format: Paperback
    The startling second novel from the critically lauded author of Rupture
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    Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service, but he is unprepared for the challenge his new and secret assignment brings. Tasked with managing a government facility hidden deep in the countryside, Henry finds himself tested as never before: by the confused and frightened prisoners, by the sinister Dr Silk and, above all, by his conscience. Tom Clarke, a precocious but naive journalist, has his own problems meanwhile. His career -- and his life -- is turned upside down by the arrival of Julia Priestley, who seeks his help in finding her estranged husband, Arthur, an innocent dentist who has been arrested under severe new anti-terrorism legislation. The authorities admit they have taken him but will not say where he is being held -- or why. Discovering a trail that implicates those at the very top of government, Tom and Julia begin a quest to find Arthur, and the truth about his incarceration. But some people will stop at nothing to keep the facility's secret hidden, and soon the couple find themselves fighting for their lives ...
    Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service, but he is unprepared for the challenge his new and secret assignment brings. Tasked with managing a government facility hidden deep in the countryside, Henry finds himself tested as never before: by the confused and frightened prisoners, by the sinister Dr Silk and, above all, by his conscience. Tom Clarke, a precocious but naive journalist, has his own problems meanwhile. His career -- and his life -- is turned upside down by the arrival of Julia Priestley, who seeks his help in finding her estranged husband, Arthur, an innocent dentist who has been arrested under severe new anti-terrorism legislation. The authorities admit they have taken him but will not say where he is being held -- or why. Discovering a trail that implicates those at the very top of government, Tom and Julia begin a quest to find Arthur, and the truth about his incarceration. But some people will stop at nothing to keep the facility's secret hidden, and soon the couple find themselves fighting for their lives ...
    Products specifications
    ISBN13 9780330522731
    Contributor Lelic, Simon
    Readership US School Grade: Twelfth Grade and over
    Language English
    Format Paperback
    Imprint Picador
    Publisher Pan Macmillan
    Publication Date 2011-09-02
    Short Description The Facility Lelic, Simon 9780330522731
    Author Biography Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton in 1976 and recently returned with his family to live there. Rupture his first novel, was a huge critical success. It was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Simon was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
    Review 'Three possible candidates for the Granta U.K. class of 2013 are Ned Beauman, Joe Dunthorne and Simon Lelic. Lelic's three novels are breakneck, intelligent 'social thrillers' that even invade my dream-life' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas 'Nails the reader's attention from the off. Starting with a brutal interrogation which bristles with verbal and physical violence, there is simply no putting the book down at any point. Lelic's debut Rupture also had a striking central situation (a teacher kills three pupils and a colleague in a school before killing himself). The premise here is equally incendiary, with the bonus of a sure-fire setting: the secluded prison of the title, a hothouse of menace and corruption. Apart from his storytelling skills Lelic has two potent weapons in his armoury, his dialogue which is scabrous and flint-edged and his characters ... As well as being an unputdownable thriller The Facility is a book with something to say about the price any country and its citizens must pay for security. However Lelic never lectures us and when we reach a tense confrontation on a railway platform in the last chapter readers will be checking their increased pulse rate rather than their consciences' Daily Express 'A startling vision of totalitarian Britain ... Simon Lelic's debut, Rupture, was a bold reworking of the crime novel that showcased his ability to capture different voices and offered a perceptive deconstruction of facets of institutionalised bullying. His follow-up, The Facility, is more conventional fare: a dystopian near-future tale that imagines totalitarian powers pursued to their logical, horrific conclusion ... Lelic creates a magnificent sense of place and deftly maintains the pace of his thriller plot as the security forces latch on to Tom and Julia ... It is troubled prison governor Henry, and Arthur who are most rivetingly portrayed in this exploration of how the rights of the unvalued few are violated for 'the greater good' ... Lelic's crystalline prose is frequently utterly seductive and his compassion is deeply moving' Metro 'Lelic's tale never reveals any piece of dramatic action too soon, nor eases off on the plot's tension ... like Le Carre meets Orwell ... thrilling' Guardian 'With his fragile, sympathetic characters, Lelic has the same ability to make us look at the society we're creating as John le Carre' Independent 50 Best Winter Reads 'Lelic has written a thriller for our times ... The plot grips not because of action scenes (although there are a few) but because we live in a world where feelings of mild guilt often slip into paranoia. This is Kafka meets Orwell in contemporary England' Sunday Herald 'A classic story of a race against time' Sunday Times 'A home-grown, high concept thriller ... The Facility is set in a dystopian near-future, where the British government, seemingly through popular choice, has invoked unprecedented security powers ... All in all, this is a deeply unsettling read' Book of the Week, Daily Mirror 'A heart-rate-destabilising novel about the outbreak of a sinister new disease, the authorities' reactions and a pair of would-be whistleblowers ... this is one fiendish, impressive book' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas