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Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016.
The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of Slough House is another sheer delight. Following on from 'Slow Horses', 'Dead Lions' and the peripheral 'Nobody Walks' this is another venture into the twilight world of second rate, failed spies isolated by their superiors in the backwaters of Slough House where they are assigned to insignificant duties in the hope they will resign without a fuss only to come across cases which help them regain their dignity and tradecraft. As intricate as Le Carre in its depiction of in-house rivalries and the subtlety of intelligence work but leavened with a healthy dose of humour, and in the figure of Jackson Lamb, head of the unit, a fatter than fat and flatulent boss with a Machiavellian disregard for rules. The novel begins, incongruously, with a rooftop battle between Batman and Spiderman but quickly moves on to rivalries within MI5 and the sad lives of some of the characters while Herron wonderfully blends the thriller element and the humane as he orchestrates a most complex but believable plot like a watchmaker. At times darkly hilarious, at others gripping and intense, this confirms Herron and his series as a future classic. Get on board now. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month.
Real Tigers by Mick Herron
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER AND THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER '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 ...
'Herron's Slough House novels are the finest new crime series this Millennium' Mail on Sunday
If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers. Better still, read the whole series' Andrew Taylor, The Spectator
'Real Tigers has revitalised the spy thriller genre' Sunday Express
'Surely among the finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years' Metro
'A thriller that moves Herron close to the class of Graham Greene' Daily Mail
'Herron fills a gap that has been yawning ever since Len Deighton retired' Daily Telegraph
'A pulsating spy thriller' Daily Express
'Think Le Carre with fewer posh people and laugh-out-loud funny. Mick Herron is the real deal' The Times
'Sardonically funny and pleasingly complex' Independent
'Rather as if Philip Larkin or Alan Bennett had had a go at spy fiction' Sunday Times
'What a find! ... I think Herron's is the next big name in crime' Literary Review
About the Author
Publication date20th October 2016
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PublisherJohn Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
CategoriesCrime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
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