Tangled Web UK Review September 2011
The Facility by
hbk out January 11
Published by Mantle
With more than a nod in the direction of Orwell’s 1984 (not only in the
vision of an authoritarian society but in the choice of character names) Lelic
tells a story of an unpleasant British regime in the near future. Experienced
prison governor Henry Graves takes on a new role managing the facility, a secret
prison gradually filling up with frightened inmates. One of these is Arthur Priestley,
bewildered as to why he has been incarcerated under draconian new anti-terrorist
legislation. While Arthur tries to survive and uncover the truth behind his detention,
Arthur’s estranged wife Julia enlists the help of journalist Tom Clarke
to try and find her husband. But it is a dangerous quest on all fronts as the
highest echelons of government will take every measure to keep the facility and
its work hidden from view.
Lelic’s second book (his first was the very well-received Rupture)
is a highly distinctive and memorable novel with sharp dialogue and impeccable,
intelligent prose that completely grips the reader. Highly recommended.
author of the popular Sal Kilkenny mysteries and the series creator of TV Blue Murder)
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