Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Drop

by Mick Herron

Part of the A Slough House Novella Series

The Drop Synopsis

'It is time Mick Herron was recognised in his own right as the best thriller writer in Britain today' Sunday Express Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone cafe, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair's breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality. A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information. It's also what happens just before you hit the ground.

The Drop Press Reviews

Mick Herron's innumerable fans, longing for the next instalment of the Slough House series featuring Jackson Lamb and his army of wounded, ungovernable, weirdly brilliant outcasts, will fall on this stylish novella with delight . . . A short but delightful treat for a dark winter's evening * Literary Review * A real nugget of spy fiction * Shots * A worthy follow up to Herron's previous novella The List. Herron seems to take great delight in putting his creations through the ringer for our reading pleasure * Spywrite * Darkly funny, beautifully written * Irish Independent * Herron is a master of subtle wit and satire, intricately weaving an impressive amount of detail into a short story. The Drop is also timely, set against the backdrop of looming Brexit and a changing security situation that could turn services that are currently friendly against each other. For Herron's fans this is a welcome snack between meals as they eagerly await the sixth novel in the series next year, while new readers can enjoy a taste of why he is rightly touted as one of the best thriller writers in Britain today * Daily Express, **** * Brevity is the soul of wit, and Mick Herron's The Drop is brief and witty . . . the qualities that have won him so many awards are fully in place . . . Herron's inventiveness leaps from every page * Guardian * The Drop becomes part of the growing library of the Slough House series chronicling the wonderful team of spy incompetents * The Times, Crime Books of the Year * Beautifully modulated prose and outrageous jokes * Daily Telegraph * A Christmas treat . . . A wry and elegant novella about what happens to redundant spooks * Andrew Taylor, Spectator, Book of the Year * Adroit miniaturisation of its author's world, this festive fan treat has a claim to be the first post-Brexit thriller * Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473678309
Publication date: 30th October 2018
Author: Mick Herron
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller,

About Mick Herron

Mick Herron's six Slough House novels have been shortlisted for eight CWA Daggers, winning twice, and shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year three times. The first, Slow Horses, was picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph, while the most recent, Joe Country, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Mick Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.

More About Mick Herron

More Books By Mick Herron

Cover for Joe Country by Mick Herron
Cover for London Rules  by Mick Herron
Cover for Spook Street by Mick Herron
View All Books By Mick Herron

Share this book