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White Hot Silence by Henry Porter

White Hot Silence

Henry Porter

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2 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781787470804

The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD)

  • The Sunday TimesOur Choice - Paperback
  • The Sunday TimesThriller of the Month
5 stars out of 5
14 Jul 2019

"(an) assured orchestration of a sizeable cast and a complicated, country-hopping plot"

Having a gutsy woman as the pivotal figure, rather than Firefly’s fugitive child prodigy, makes White Hot Silence slightly less fresh. But in every other respect the sequel is fully the equal of the earlier book, particularly in its assured orchestration of a sizeable cast and a complicated, country-hopping plot. Current political concerns are once again adroitly addressed: the migrant crisis was central in Firefly, and here Anastasia’s abduction and Denis’s troubles turn out to be linked to the populist surge across Europe in reaction to the influx of refugees.


4 stars out of 5
Adam LeBor
19 Jul 2019

"Thriller writing at its best."

Samson gets on Anastasia’s trail but quickly realises he is still in love with her. How then will he return her to Hisami? Porter takes us on a rollercoaster ride through Italy, the container ship where Anastasia is being held; Russia, New York and Estonia. The climax of the book, on the bridge at Narva, the border between Russia and Estonia is nail-biting, with a poignant, Casablanca-style twist at the end. Anastasia is no passive victim, but also drives the story forward. Thriller writing at its best.