Slow Horses (Jackson Lamb #1)
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 'The finest new crime series this Millennium' Mail on Sunday Slough House is a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who've screwed up: left a service file on a train, say, blown a surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They're the service's poor relations - the slow horses - and most bitter among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations. But when a young man is abducted, and his kidnappers threaten to behead him live on the internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But is the victim who he first appears to be? And what is the kidnappers' connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone involved has their own agenda ...
Praise for Mick Herron's Slough House series: . The finest new crime series this Millennium Mail on Sunday A pulsating spy thriller Daily Express Mick Herron is the real deal Irish Times If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers. Better still, read the whole series Andrew Taylor, The Spectator Surely among the finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years Metro 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 The most enjoyable spy novel in years Mail on Sunday A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story Guardian
Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the Slough House series, the first of which - the Steel-Dagger nominated Slow Horses - has been described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years'. The second Slough House novel, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best 25 crime novels of the past five years. Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.