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The Drop: A Slough House Novella 1 - A Slough House Novella (Hardback)
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The Drop: A Slough House Novella 1 - A Slough House Novella (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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'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.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473678309
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 162 g
Dimensions: 184 x 163 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Adroit miniaturisation of its author's world, this festive fan treat has a claim to be the first post-Brexit thriller * Sunday Times *
A Christmas treat . . . A wry and elegant novella about what happens to redundant spooks * Andrew Taylor, Spectator, Book of the Year *
Beautifully modulated prose and outrageous jokes * Daily Telegraph *
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 *
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 *
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, **** *
Darkly funny, beautifully written * Irish Independent *
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 *
A real nugget of spy fiction * Shots *
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 *

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“The Drop”

Solomon Dortmund knows his business; he’s been doing this for so many decades that nothing can surprise him anymore. But observing a classic drop in a café is something that rarely ever happens these days. He is sure... More

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“Another Great Slice of The Slough House Series”

I’m not particularly shy about my love for Mick Herron and his Slough House series of books. The latest, London Rules was published early last year and I have been chomping at the bit ever since for another slice of... More

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“Smart, intricate short story from the author of the "Slow Horses" series”

This is a short story from the author of the fabulous “Slow Horses” series. It’s in a similar vein but a little darker in tone & the only character from that series who features here is Diana Taverner, MI5’s own... More

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