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Dead Lions Slough House by Mick Herron
  

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Sharp, biting and hugely enjoyable. The series focuses on Slough House where MI5 agents who are out of favour, who’ve screwed up one too many times, are assigned for light duties but inevitably end up outshining their ‘proper’ MI5 colleagues. In theory this is the second in a series but it’s easy to read as a standalone. Having said that it and its predecessor are so good they’re certainly both worth reading (and it won the biggest prize for crime fiction in the UK so don’t just take my word for it). ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2013.

Mick Herron commented: "My shelves are crammed with Gold Dagger-winning novels of the past - The Mermaids Singing, Black and Blue, Bones and Silence. I can't quite believe I get to put my own book next to them."

CWA judges' comment: “A well written, wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel featuring a shadowy department in M15, home to various spooks who have in some way failed or messed up in their work for the security services. This collection of misfits and eccentrics is unexpectedly faced with a major and two-fold challenge: the re-emergence of a whole history of Cold War secrets entangled with a very modern enemy and the possibility of a major terrorist attack on London.”

If you like Mick Herron you might also like to read books by Reginald Hill, Gerald Seymour and John le Carre.

Synopsis

Dead Lions Slough House by Mick Herron

Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award A BBC Front Row best crime novel of the year A Times crime and thriller book of the year London's Slough House is where washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. But now the 'slow horses' have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient secrets that seems to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, and a decades-old conspiracy with a brand-new target: London's newest, tallest skyscraper ...

Reviews

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

'Smart, sharp British wit at its finest. A uniquely brilliant take on the British spy novel' Cara Black

About the Author

Mick Herron

Mick Herron's first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years' by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Sunday Express wrote that it 'revitalised the spy thriller genre'.

Author photo © Tim Barrow

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Mick Herron

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Author's Website

www.mickherron.com/

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Format

Paperback

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781473621930

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