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Dead Lions by Mick Herron

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Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 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 John le Carre, Reginald Hill and Gerald Seymour.

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Dead Lions by Mick Herron

Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013.

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses”, as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way. Maybe they messed up an op and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to work with one another. 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. The irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

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'.

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30th November 1999


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