Firefly by Henry Porter
(Quercus, 2018)


by Henry Porter

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.


A welcome return ... Firefly seems ripped from the headlines and is both timely and terrific”
- Mike Herron
Firefly proves once again that Porter is both his own man and the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre more than fifty years ago. British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why”
- Lee Child
The eagerly awaited return of an espionage master”
- Charles Cumming
A classic chase thriller with an on-the-scenes look at the Syrian refugee crisis – it doesn't get more contemporary than this”
- Joseph Kanon
Firefly accomplishes what too few novels today even try to do: this engrossing chase story of terrorism, spies and refugees takes the reader through the realities of our current war-torn world's innocents even as the novel entertains. This is an important thriller about the real world we all must survive”
- James Grady
Firefly marks the welcome return to fiction of a writer and journalist who has often decried the surveillance society. And it’s perhaps his concern for our loss of personal freedom that drives this galvanic novel... the book could not be more timely, and Porter’s sympathy for the dispossessed is as cogent here as his skill at sustaining narrative tension.”
- Barry Forshaw, The Guardian
Porter vividly portrays the physical and mental conditions faced by desperate travellers seeking refuge. Tension is high throughout. Naji is a hero of appeal and intelligence.”
- Marcel Berlins, The Times
His best book yet ... Full of poignant scenes and mesmeric action sequences, it may be the first novel to do justice to the [European migrant crisis'] epic scale.”
- John Dugdale, The Sunday Times