SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER AND THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
'If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers' The Spectator
'The finest new crime series this millennium' Mail on Sunday
Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks.
She's worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back.
What she doesn't know is why anyone would target her: a recovering drunk pushing paper with the other lost causes in Jackson Lamb's kingdom of exiles at Slough House.
Whoever it is holding her hostage, it can't be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it is about Jackson Lamb.
And say what you like about Lamb, he'll never leave a joe in the lurch.
He might even be someone you could trust with your life . . .
The disgraced spies at MI5's Slough House must try to save one of their own in CWA Gold Dagger Award winner Herron's outstanding third thriller featuring uncouth Jackson Lamb and crew (after 2013's Dead Lions). When one of these "slow horses," Catherine Standish, doesn't show up for work, her colleagues don't initially worry until they're contacted by kidnappers who say that they'll only guarantee Standish's return in exchange for information stored on a secret government computer, which happens to be in MI5's headquarters in London's Regent's Park. River Cartwright, the hero of 2010's Slow Horses, tries to infiltrate the main office, not an easy task, especially since the agency ripples with internal strife as the new home secretary, Peter Judd, butts heads with the Intelligence Service chief, Dame Ingrid Tearney. Soon the lines between spies, slow horses, and private mercenaries blur dangerously. Herron expertly juggles multiple plot lines and fully formed characters, injecting everything with a jolt of black humor.
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Thoroughly enjoyable. Nick Herron is trying hard to be the successor to Le Carre and getting pretty close. Recommended.