Review by Booklist Review
Former journalist Lelic brings the skills of his profession to bear in his fiction: timely topics relayed in the crispest of prose. He tackled bullying in his debut novel, A Thousand Cuts (2010), and, in his latest, he dissects with chilling precision the consequences of unchecked governmental authority. Dentist Arthur Priestly is snatched off the street and imprisoned in a secret government facility. His ex-wife, Julia, frantic with worry, approaches dedicated investigative reporter Tom Clarke for help, convinced that the government has taken her ex-husband in error. Meanwhile, prison warden Henry Graves, charged with building and staffing the facility, becomes increasingly conflicted, for it soon becomes apparent that some of the inmates, all of whom have been quarantined under the belief that they are suffering from a deadly disease similar to AIDS, do not have the virus and yet are still being detained. Lelic makes numerous salient points about the suspension of civil liberties by an all-powerful entity, even as he depicts the nightmare of an innocent man and his evolution from outright terror to dignified resistance. A fast-paced, topical read.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Lelic (The Child Who) considers whether and how the state's power should be limited in a chilling look at a near-future Britain. When dentist Arthur Priestley winds up in a cell in a strange facility after two men who refuse to identify themselves harshly interrogate him, Priestley's estranged wife, Julia, asks Tom Clarke, a journalist for an online libertarian news site, to investigate her husband's arrest. Clarke discovers that his government sources, who should know what's going on, won't tell him anything. The reporter also finds out that Priestley is but one of many white male professionals who have gone missing. With the government using antiterror legislation to carry out the mysterious policy that led to Priestley's incarceration, Clarke and Julia have an uphill battle to learn the truth. Lelic's lean prose and intelligent approach to a controversial issue produce a riveting read. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
London dentist Arthur Priestley abruptly disappears. His abduction, however, has been inadvertently recorded. Julia, Priestley's estranged wife, presents the video to Tom Clarke, a progressive journalist with a reputation for blowing the lid off government scandals. Armed with this evidence and suspicions raised after a disastrous press conference during which government leaders announce the establishment of a hidden facility designed to quarantine British citizens infected with an unnamed disease, Julia and Tom attempt to find this mysterious institution. If they can find the facility, they believe they will find Priestley. Their quest for truth thrusts Julia and Tom into a world of government-sponsored violence and corporate media cover-ups. VERDICT Fans of Saramago's Blindness will be blown away by this a chilling election-year fable for our current era of universal surveillance and corporate control of media and its perverse influence on politics. Lelic's prose is lean and cinematic and brilliantly conveys his characters' justified paranoia. His lastest (after The Child Who) reads like the classic post-war British fiction of Margaret Atwood, Anthony Burgess, and William Golding.-J. Greg. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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