Henry Porter was a regular columnist for the Observer and now writes about European power and politics for The Hive website in the US. He has written several bestselling thrillers, including Brandenburg, which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, A Spy's Life and Empire State, which were both nominated for the same award. He is also the author of the Paul Samson spy thrillers: Firefly, which won the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and White Hot Silence. Henry Porter is frequently described as the heir to John le Carre. He lives in London.
This is Henry Porter at his best ... has all the pace and excitement of Remembrance Day and the cool intelligent depth of Brandenburg, for me his two best novels to date - NB magazineTense, exciting and well-researched, it is little wonder that Henry Porter's name is ranked with fellow literary espionage writers Charles Cumming, Robert Littell and John le Carre - ShotsmagHenry Porter is now one of the most accomplished practitioners of the modern thriller, as White Hot Silence reminds us. Porter once again delivers an epic functioning as both picaresque adventure and a commentary on our volatile era - Crime TimePorter 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 whyA welcome return ... Firefly seems ripped from the headlines and is both timely and terrificAn espionage masterWith its vivid portrait of the flood of refugees moving west from Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, the book could not be more timely. Porter's sympathy for the dispossessed is as cogent here as his skill at sustaining narrative tension - Guardian on FireflySplendid... precocious Syrian 13-year-old Naji is a hero of appeal and intelligence - The Times on Firefly