Bad Actors

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Publisher Description

Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), expands his world of bad spies with an even shadier cast of characters: the politicians, lobbyists, and misinformation agents pulling the levers of government policy.
 
“Confirms Mick Herron as the best spy novelist now working.”—NPR's Fresh Air
 
Now an Apple TV+ series starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.


In London's MI5 headquarters a scandal is brewing that could disgrace the entire intelligence community. The Downing Street superforecaster—a specialist who advises the Prime Minister's office on how policy is likely to be received by the electorate—has disappeared without a trace. Claude Whelan, who was once head of MI5, has been tasked with tracking her down. 
 
But the trail leads him straight back to Regent's Park itself, with First Desk Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Taverner overplayed her hand at last? Meanwhile, her Russian counterpart, Moscow intelligence's First Desk, has cheekily showed up in London and shaken off his escort. Are the two unfortunate events connected?

Over at Slough House, where Jackson Lamb presides over some of MI5's most embittered demoted agents, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation . . . 

There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2022
May 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
360
Pages
PUBLISHER
Soho Press
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Aloha ahiahi ,

Another winner

I love these books! The characters are fantastic. I can see Boris Johnson in the background. I always finish these books ready for the next!

Theomeister ,

Underwhelming

Compared to previous sloughouse novels, this seemed hurriedly fleshed out, poorly paced, jarring back and forth storylines. Herron didn’t have his heart in this one.
And to leave us wanting to see the final confrontation between Sparrow and Taverner, and getting instead unsatisfying vignettes of the main characters…….well some might say minimalism is better than a wallop over the head, and that’s Herron’s glib style, but this novel needed a bang somewhere in those chapters and it never delivered.
And how the Russian secret service would deal with the Russian first desk’s disappearance? It’s consequences?completely not explained or thought out. Almost an aside. Silly actually. No drama.
I’m sorry but I was expecting more from this long awaited addition to the series.

Gyrfalcon56 ,

Half as good

Felt like it should have been novella.

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