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href:{5D9AB3D4-30A4-4647-91F7-5ECE27D2D0D0}Img200.jpg If you like your suspense novels told with a smart dash of wit and sarcasm, filled with lots of twists and turns, Herron’s your man.” Marek Vašut as Andre Chernitsky, a former KGB operative and assassin who operated during the Cold War.

A decade and several novels on, Judd has graduated into a manipulative, cynical villain, happy to ally himself with the nationalist far right in his endless pursuit of personal power. Herron, as it happens, was a student reading English at Balliol College, Oxford, at the same time as Boris Johnson. Did you know the prime minister then, I ask? “I saw him once or twice in the junior common room. I wasn’t mixing in that kind of circle,” he says, drily. “I don’t think the Bullingdon Club opened its arms to northern comprehensive types, somehow.” Herron seems a little sheepish at the resemblance between the fictional PJ and the all-too-real BJ. “When I started,” he says, “I didn’t have a readership, so I could say what I liked and it didn’t matter.” href:{5D9AB3D4-30A4-4647-91F7-5ECE27D2D0D0}Img100.jpg Dead Lions] features some of the twistiest plotlines in crime fiction…[and] is beautifully written but also elegantly structured . . . Ever since finishing Slow Horses, I’ve been waiting for a possible sequel. Now that it’s here, I have the pleasure of experiencing it, along with the pang of having finished it.”isOwnedByCollections True title Dead Lions seriesId 503902 dateAdded 2020-04-21T15:24:00Z contentDetails Herron (Down Cemetery Road, 2009, etc.) provides a dour, twisty spy thriller with something for everyone: part post–Cold War miasma, part James Bond heroics, and elliptical withal. As Lamb investigates Bow’s death, and as Guy and Harper draw closer to the date of Webb’s meeting with the oligarch, their separate plotlines begin to converge, leaving readers wondering who’s conning whom, and to what end. Mind you, I am not the only one who took their time coming across this series: Dead Lions wasn’t able to find a UK publisher for years and sank without a trace initially according to The Guardian, and Waterstones made Slow Horses their thriller of the month seven years after it first publication. They have a charming interview with Herron here. Rade Serbedzija as Nikolai Katinsky, a former KGB agent living in exile in London after defecting at the end of the Cold War.

In the dilapidated offices of Slough House, these files spooks spend their time on various pointless tasks, designed to break their will and bring about their resignations, avoiding the hassle, expense and bad publicity of employment tribunals. One of the first things to appreciate is that each novel is an underdog story – a group of individuals, under-qualified and under-resourced, who have to beat their better-off cousins at The Park to save the day.Bad things are happening at Slough House. Catherine Standish is drinking again, Louisa Guy is struggling with lost love, and a new recruit is determined to find out who destroyed his career, no matter what the cost.

And the characters are engaging (even Lamb) and likeable (except Lamb) despite their failings and weaknesses. One of the things I liked was the minutiae and inter-personal squabbles of the office spaces. Lamb who might be “scavenging his underlings’ food” when not dozing in his office, or Shirley pressing her ear to Ho’s door to find out what was going on, or Ho’s territorial claims: Apple's hit espionage drama "Slow Horses" debuts season two trailer". 19 October 2022. Archived from the original on 26 October 2022 . Retrieved 26 October 2022. Funny, clever . . . Genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose.” Molly Doran, the Park’s archivist, “a squat, suspicious shape: a woman in a wheelchair; quite round, with a messy cap of grey hair, and a face powdered to clownish white” who was able to greet Lamb with real warmth. I hope we see more of her, as the world needs more role model archivists and librarians!The central conceit of the books is that MI5, like any large organisation, needs somewhere to place its most hopeless employees, and this place is Slough House, a building just around the corner from the Barbican Centre. They’re not allowed anywhere near MI5 HQ, which is referred to as Regent’s Park although the organisation is no longer based there. Deputy-Director General Diana Taverner approaches another member of Slough House, Jed Moody, and instructs him to do some " off book" work for her. Two other members of Slough House, Min Harper and Louisa Guy, meet in a pub after work and lament their failed careers. River and Sid decide to tail Hobden, but she confesses that she was assigned to Lamb's team to keep tabs on River. The two see a masked man enter Hobden's home and pursue him, discovering upon entry that Hobden was able to destroy his hard drive with thermite. Hobden escapes as River and Sid fight the masked man, who escapes after shooting Sid in the head. Next up was a stand alone mystery novel titled Nobody Walks published in the US by Soho on 17/2/15 ISBM 9781616954864, again no UK equivalent. The book drives together drug dealers, spooks amongst others and there are links to the Slough House series and some of the characters. Its a book that is best read between Dead Lions and Real Tigers. Trailer for new Apple Original espionage drama "Slow Horses", starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, debuts ahead of global premiere on April 1, 2022". 2 March 2022. Archived from the original on 27 October 2022 . Retrieved 27 October 2022.

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