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This is the start to one of my favourite crime series based around the misfits of the Intelligence Service. Jackson Lamb leads the 'slow horses' who have been banished to Slough House. Set in a seriously twisted world, with blurts of laughter just waiting around the corner, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better. Highly recommended.
Books in The Jackson Lamb Thriller Series:
1. Slow Horses
2. Dead Lions
3. Real Tigers
4. Spook Street
5. London Rules
6. Joe Country
*Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar-award winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb*
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award
'The UK's new spy master' Sunday Times
You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game.
Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper.
But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'.
A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.
And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch . . .
Closing date: 30/11/2020
For something really gripping, head for Mick Herron's Jackson Lamb series, in which a sidelined spook and his cohorts battle their way back to the centre of a life of espionage. Begin with Slow Horses and enjoy -- Alex Clark - Observer
I was delighted to discover Mick Herron's riotous Slow Horses series about the black sheep of MI5 -- Nick Cohen - Big Issue
The first of his series about MI5 and a character called Jackson Lamb, one of the great monsters of modern fiction. He's a wonderfully cynical writer and there's a lot of dark humour in it. I'm not clever enough to write this sort of thing -- Bernard Cornwell - Daily Express
I was delighted to discover that this is merely the first in a captivating series -- Christopher Brookmyre - Herald
A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story - Guardian
The most enjoyable spy novel in years - Mail on Sunday
With his poet's eye for detail, his comic timing and relish for violence, Herron fills a gap that has been yawning ever since Len Deighton retired - Daily Telegraph
Surely among the finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years - Metro
If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers. Better still, read the whole series - Andrew Taylor, The Spectator
Mick Herron is the real deal - Irish Times
The John le Carre of our generation - Val McDermid
The best modern British spy series - Daily Express
The finest new crime series this Millennium - Mail on Sunday
As a master of wit, satire, insight . . . Herron is difficult to overpraise - Daily Telegraph
Jackson Lamb - the most fascinating and irresistible thriller series hero to emerge since Jack Reacher - Sunday Times
The new spy master - Evening Standard
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Publication date: 27/07/2017
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
|Publication date:||27th July 2017|
|Publisher:||John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
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 BarrowMore About Mick Herron