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Dead Lions 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 Gerald Seymour, Reginald Hill and John le Carre.

Synopsis

Dead Lions by Mick Herron

Winner of the 2013 CWA Gold Dagger Award A BBC Front Row best crime novel of the year A Times crime and thriller book of the year 'The finest new crime series this millennium' Mail on Sunday Dickie Bow is not an obvious target for assassination. But once a spook, always a spook. And Dickie was a talented streetwalker back in the day, before he turned up dead on a bus. A shadow. Good at following people, bringing home their secrets. Dickie was in Berlin with Jackson Lamb. Now Lamb's got his phone, and on it the last secret Dickie ever told, and reason to believe an old-time Moscow-style op is being run in the Service's back-yard. In the Intelligence Service purgatory that is Slough House, Jackson Lamb's crew of back-office no-hopers is about to go live ...

Reviews

Praise for Mick Herron's Slough House series:

'The finest new crime series this Millennium' Mail on Sunday

'Mick Herron is the real deal' Irish Times

'I can't wait to read what Mick Herron writes next' Crime Fiction Lover

'Surely among the finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years' Metro

'Herron has the comedy and eye to rival Len Deighton' Sunday Telegraph

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

'Delightful ... with a dry humour reminiscent of Greene and Waugh' Sunday Times

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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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Mick Herron

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Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781473641112

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