London Rules: Jackson Lamb Thriller 5 - Jackson Lamb Thriller (Paperback)Mick Herron (author)
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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2018
'The UK's new spy master' - The Sunday Times
Following a popular two-month selection as Waterstones Thriller of the Month in 2017, the Jackson Lamb series continues with London Rules, the fifth outing for the misfit, disgraced band of spies at Slough House.
London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one.
Cover your arse.
Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.
Meanwhile, the country's being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone's trying to kill Roddy Ho.
Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively, they're about to rediscover their greatest strength - that of making a bad situation much, much worse.
It's a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren't going to break themselves.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'Le Carre looks sugar-coated next to the acid Slough House novels . . . as a master of wit, satire, insight and that very English trick of disguising heartfelt writing as detached irony before launching a surprise assault on the reader's emotions, Herron is difficult to overpraise' - The Daily Telegraph
'Addictive... I cannot recommend these books strongly enough' - Nick Lezard, The Spectator
'The fifth instalment of the award-winning Jackson Lamb series is witty, sardonic and laugh-out-loud funny yet also thrilling and thought-provoking . . . Herron has often been compared with spy thriller greats John le Carre and Len Deighton but it is time he was recognised in his own right as the best thriller writer in Britain today. In a series that never lets its fans down, London Rules is the best instalment yet' - Sunday Express
'It is, as ever, a joy to return to this world: there is a warm, wise, amused depth to Herron's writing, which shines a stark light on the atrocities he describes. He's also horribly funny' - The Observer
'Master of wit' - Daily Telegraph
'...confirms Mick Herron as the greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language… he makes us laugh on every page, but he also makes us think' - The Times
'London Rules may be the best Jackson Lamb thriller yet, and that's saying something, considering how brilliant the previous ones are.' - Mark Billingham
'Mick Herron is the John le Carre of our generation.' - Val McDermid
'London Rules takes the Jackson Lamb series to new levels of nerve-shredding tension, leavened as always with moments of eye-watering hilarity - often on the same page.' - Christopher Brookmyre
'London Rules epitomises precisely why Mick Herron's espionage novels are the new hallmarks of the genre. It's a rousing, provocative - and genuinely funny, at times - political thriller with a labyrinthine plot.' - Simon McDonald
'Jackson Lamb - subtle of brain but outrageously gross in almost every other way - still rules over his band of misfit agents in this fifth title in Herron's hilarious take on the contemporary spy thriller. Based at decrepit Slough House, dumping ground for the security services' awkward squad, his team get the jump on their disdainful colleagues when a weird terrorist plot starts to play out.' - Sunday Times Crime Club
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