This is What Happened (Hardback)Mick Herron (author)
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‘Herron can’t put a foot wrong.’ – Crime Fiction Lover
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.
Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.
One woman, one chance to be a hero: the trick is to stay alive.
Mick Herron sets aside his superlative Jackson Lamb series for an unnerving, standalone take on contemporary espionage. Split between Maggie, her sister Meredith and her MI5 handler Harvey, Herron’s portrait simmers with authenticity and danger as the truth of Maggie’s mission begins to bubble to the surface.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 25 mm
'Herron's distinctive dark humour and mind games abound racheting up the tension" The Guardian "a story of broken lives epitomising a society coming apart' - The Sunday Times
'… springing twist after brilliant twist as he practically dares his reader to try to put the book down.' - The Observer
'Imagine John Fowles's The Collector rewritten by Ruth Rendell... you'd be nuts not to feast on this clever black comedy' - Evening Standard
'Part spy thriller, part creepy psychological thriller, the slick twists and elegant prose make this a super read' - Sunday Mirror
'A beautifully written and ingeniously plotted standalone from Herron . . . this dark thriller is rife with the deadpan wit and trenchant observation that Herron's readers relish' - Publishers Weekly
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