"Who are you? Are you the police? This isn't legal, you know. You can't hold me like this."
In a near-future dystopian Britain, democracy has been undermined. Emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, police start to “disappear” people from the streets for unspecified crimes. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth. Following a trail that leads to the very top of government, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Well-crafted, fast-paced, and totally compelling, The Facility is a brilliant thriller that resonates eerily with the timbre of our times.
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.