1999
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Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

'The UK's new spy master' Sunday Times

You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game.

Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper.

But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'.

A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.

And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch . . .

 

Details

ISBN: 9781473674189
Series: Slough House Thriller
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 27 Jul 2017
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication City, Country: United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.6(H) x 12.8(L) x 2.8(W)
Weight (gm): 260

 

Reviews

Herron may be the most literate, and slyest, thriller writer in English today - Publishers Weekly

Stylish and engaging - Washington Post

A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story - Guardian

The most enjoyable spy novel in years - Mail on Sunday

A useful corrective in the era of television's superheroic Spooks, Herron's superb novels suggest that the most important secret spies are hiding is, that they are just like us - Daily Telegraph

I was delighted to discover that this is merely the first in a captivating series about Slough House, where the intelligence services' misfits and screw-ups become the useful tools of Herron's quite magnificent creation, Jackson Lamb. This is an old-school espionage thriller where foreign powers might be a danger, but the true enemies are sitting at another desk - Herald

I was delighted to discover Mick Herron's riotous Slow Horses series about the black sheep of MI5 - Big Issue

The first of his series about MI5 and a character called Jackson Lamb, one of the great monsters of modern fiction. He's a wonderfully cynical writer and there's a lot of dark humour in it. I'm not clever enough to write this sort of thing - Daily Express

 

Author Biography

Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the Jackson Lamb series, the first of which - the Steel-Dagger nominated Slow Horses - has been described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years'. The second Jackson Lamb novel, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best 25 crime novels of the past five years. Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.
Slow Horses: Slough House Thriller 1
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