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Slow Horses - Jackson Lamb Thriller (Paperback)
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Slow Horses - Jackson Lamb Thriller (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 27/07/2017
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Waterstones Thriller of the Month for August 2017

Shortlisted for the 2010 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

The first novel in the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, described by The Telegraph as one of ‘the twenty greatest spy novels of all time’.

“Let us be clear about this much at least: Slough House is not in Slough, nor is it a house…”

You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game.

Welcome to Slough House, Regent’s Park, a graveyard for members of the intelligence service no longer in the game – the slow horses. A motley crew of criminals, abusers and troubled souls, banished for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal – they all belong to Jackson Lamb.

Jackson Lamb's misfits may be highly trained but they don't run ops, they push paper. When a boy is kidnapped and held hostage and his attackers promise to behead him, live on the net, a chance opens up for the slow horses to redeem themselves and whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch.

Yet, as they begin to investigate, a more complex web of deceit and double agency begins to opens up. Is the victim who they claim to be? What is the connection with a disgraced journalist? Who else has something to hide?

As the clock ticks, everyone, it seems, is in the game, with dangerous pieces at play.

Born in Newcastle, Mick Herron is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer whose works include the bestselling Jackson Lamb series, the Sarah Tucker/Zoë Boehm series and the standalone novel Reconstruction.

The Jackson Lamb novels in order: Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473674189
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 198 x 135 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"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." - The Guardian

"I was delighted to discover that this is merely the first in a captivating series -- Christopher Brookmyre." - The Herald

"The first of his series about MI5 and a character called Jackson Lamb, one of the great monsters of modern fiction. He's a wonderfully cynical writer and there's a lot of dark humour in it. I'm not clever enough to write this sort of thing." - Bernard Cornwell, Daily Express

"I was delighted to discover Mick Herron's riotous Slow Horses series about the black sheep of MI5." - Nick Cohen, Big Issue

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“Not the new Le Carre”

Very fresh take on the post Cold War spy novel but a bit lightweight for my taste. Annoying folksy style of writing and almost no characterisation at all. Plot a bit far fetched and the naivety of the second in... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2016
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“Spies will be spies”

I raced through this book and couldn’t put it down. It’s a thrilling and twisty spy story with all the paranoia and claustrophobia reminiscent of the best of John LeCarre’s work, but set in contemporary Britain.
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Paperback edition
2 similar books recommended
26th October 2015
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“I couldn't put this down”

This title caught my eye while I was shelving stock one afternoon and I decided to treat myself to a copy. It turned out to be one of those books that make you wish your commute (and your lunchbreak) was just a little... More

Paperback edition
17th April 2014
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