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*THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

Slough House is the best yet’ TLS
Genuinely thrilling’ Daily Telegraph
‘Herron’s best novel yet’ Sunday Express
Superb’ Irish Times
‘Brilliant’ Literary Review

‘Kill us? They’ve never needed to kill us,’ said Lamb. ‘I mean, look at us. What would be the point?’

A year after a calamitous blunder by the Russian secret service left a British citizen dead from novichok poisoning, Diana Taverner is on the warpath. What seems a gutless response from the government has pushed the Service’s First Desk into mounting her own counter-offensive – but she’s had to make a deal with the devil first. And given that the devil in question is arch-manipulator Peter Judd, she could be about to lose control of everything she’s fought for.

Meanwhile, still reeling from recent losses, the slow horses are worried they’ve been pushed further into the cold. Slough House has been wiped from Service records, and fatal accidents keep happening. No wonder Jackson Lamb’s crew are feeling paranoid. But have they actually been targeted?

With a new populist movement taking a grip on London’s streets, and the old order ensuring that everything’s for sale to the highest bidder, the world’s an uncomfortable place for those deemed surplus to requirements. The wise move would be to find a safe place and wait for the troubles to pass.

But the slow horses aren’t famed for making wise decisions.

‘I think this might be the best Jackson Lamb outing yet’ Christopher Brookmyre

‘Herron has certainly devised the most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley’ The Times

‘This is a darker, scarier Herron. The gags are still there but the satire’s more biting. The privatization of a secret service op and the manipulation of news is relevant and horribly credible’ Ann Cleeves

‘I’ll tell you what, to have been lucky enough to play Smiley in one’s career; and now go and play Jackson Lamb in Mick Herron’s novels – the heir, in a way, to le Carre – is a terrific thing’ Gary Oldman

‘Mick Herron is one of the finest writers of his generation’ Steve Cavanagh

‘I enjoyed Slough House tremendously. Witty, clever and horribly on point. Lots to laugh about while being careful not to miss a word. This isn’t a book to skim read’ Kit de Waal

‘[Jackson Lamb] Herron’s glorious creation propels the story to the bitter end where the non-stop barrage of jokes is fatally undercut by a final shocking twist’ Evening Standard

‘An excellent writer’ Sunday Times

Reviews

I can report that the new Mick Herron novel, Slough House, is as eye-wateringly funny as it is nerve-shreddingly tense. I think this might be the best Jackson Lamb outing yet, and that's taking it above a very high benchmark
Christopher Brookmyre
This is a darker, scarier Herron. The gags are still there but the satire's more biting. The privatization of a secret service op and the manipulation of news is relevant and horribly credible
Ann Cleeves
Mick Herron is one of the finest writers of his generation
Steve Cavanagh
I enjoyed Slough House tremendously. Witty, clever and horribly on point. Lots to laugh about while being careful not to miss a word. This isn't a book to skim read
Kit de Waal
An excellent writer
Sunday Times
[Slough House] is the best yet. The jokes are frequent and good, the pacing first rate, and the plot pieces, the moves and countermoves, snap as satisfyingly into place as anything I've read in the genre.
Sam Leith, Times Literary Supplement
Herron has certainly devised the most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley...What Herron has actually been writing is a modern sit-com. This is "the Office" (as insiders refer to MI6) as The Office, half-complete with the Slough setting.
The Times
[Jackson Lamb] Herron's glorious creation propels the story to the bitter end where the non-stop barrage of jokes is fatally undercut by a final shocking twist.
Evening Standard
I'll tell you what, to have been lucky enough to play Smiley in one's career; and now go and play Jackson Lamb in Mick Herron's novels - the heir, in a way, to le Carre - is a terrific thing.
Gary Oldman
Herron's novels are genuinely thrilling, but what makes them refreshing in this rather po-faced genre are the abundance and the quality of the jokes. The recent books also seem to me to have more direct, and savage, political satire
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
Superb... justifies Herron's reputation as the heir to the late, lamented John le Carré
Irish Times
Herron offers his sardonic and penetrating take on the state of the nation. The jokes keep coming so that we laugh in spite of the horror of what is happening at this grubby nexus of money, politics, self-interest and manipulation. The novel ends on the cruellest cliffhanger I have ever encountered. Brilliant.
Literary Review
Herron certainly appears to be having great fun in Slough House... the verve with which Herron writes carries the reader along... Herron is capable of writing with great tenderness
Spectator
The brilliant modern spy series continues with its darkest, most satirical chapter yet
Best
Herron beautifully describes the lives of the spies with a past but no future who are left to confront those who believe they have a future but can ignore the past - while all the time Jackson Lamb broods over the coils of the story like the spymaster he truly is
Daily Mail
Slough House is Herron's best novel yet - and that's saying something... his status as Britain's finest living thriller writer should be confirmed. A book of the year in any year, Slough House is an absolute tour-de-force that should not be missed
Sunday Express
Herron's seventh instalment in the Slough House series is among his best - seamlessly plotted and darkly humorous as ever, but also surprisingly moving
Mail on Sunday

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