*Discover The Secret Hours, the gripping new thriller from Mick Herron and an unmissable read for Slough House fans*
*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*
*THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
**THE TIMES THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR**
'A gripping thriller' Ian Rankin
Slough House - the crumbling office building to which failed spies, the 'slow horses', are banished - has been wiped from secret service records.
Reeling from recent losses in their ranks, the slow horses are worried they've been pushed further into the cold, and fatal accidents keep happening.
With a new populist movement taking a grip on London's streets, the aftermath of a blunder by the Russian secret service that left a British citizen dead, and the old order ensuring that everything's for sale to the highest bidder, the world's an uncomfortable place for those deemed surplus to requirements. The wise move would be to find a safe place and wait for the troubles to pass.
But the slow horses aren't famed for making wise decisions.
'The most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley' The Times
'An absolute tour-de-force' Sunday Express
British author Herron's superb seventh Slough House novel (after 2019's Joe Country) opens with an unidentified woman's assassination whose significance gradually becomes clear in this darkly satiric update on the "slow horses," spies who have each made a colossal mistake and have been assigned to MI5's Slough House, a kind of purgatory where they'll spend "the rest of forever in a mist of thwarted ambition." A taut, complex plot unfolds through a host of perspectives, including that of team leader Jackson Lamb, who's callous, politically incorrect, but loyal to his "joes." The slow horses are being tailed. Sid Baker, a former team member believed to be dead, reappears. Peter Judd, a highly unscrupulous political figure, tries to insinuate the private sector into MI5. And Putin's Russia has "declared war on the British secret service." Herron does a magnificent job keeping the assorted narrative balls aloft in a story that's often gripping and even more often hilarious. This entry should garner him a slew of new American readers.
Another great read
Compelling well paced and full of twists I loved it have been a fan for a few years. Characters brilliantly cast so much so I can see and even smell Jackson Lamb
I can’t see why this got such good reviews. Worst book I started in many years. Dull, far fetched characters, depressing, rude, bigoted, unlikely to exist.