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Dead Lions

Dead Lions

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘The new king of the spy thriller’ Mail on Sunday

From the Intelligence Service purgatory that is Slough House, where disgraced spies are sent to see out the dregs of their careers, Jackson Lamb is on his way to Oxford, where a former spook has turned up dead on a bus. Dickie Bow was a talented streetwalker once, good at following people and bringing home their secrets. He was in Berlin with Lamb, back in the day. But he’s not an obvious target for assassination in the here and now.

On Dickie’s phone Lamb finds the last message he ever left, which hints that an old-time Moscow-style op is being run in the Intelligence Service’s back-yard. Once a spook, always a spook, and even being dead doesn’t mean you can’t uncover secrets.

Dickie Bow might have tailed his last target, but Lamb and his crew of no-hopers are about to go live.

‘Mick Herron is an incredible writer’ Mark Billingham

‘The spycraft of le Carré refracted through the blackly comic vision of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22’ Financial Times
Dolphin Junction

Dolphin Junction

*FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING SLOUGH HOUSE THRILLERS*

Mick Herron is ‘Britain’s finest living thriller writer’ (Sunday Express) and author of the bestselling and award-winning Slough House novels. Dolphin Junction captures his trademark tension, humour, and suspense in the form of short fiction, collected here for the first time.

When a wife leaves her husband under suspicious circumstances, he sets off in search for her, unprepared for the guilty secrets he’s about to drag back into the light.

A man is tempted by a luxury apartment with a top-of-the-range kitchen. But there is a heavy price to pay for this glamorous new life.

A couple go on a hike through the Derbyshire countryside, to ignore the fact their marriage is on the rocks.

And there is a peek into the past of Jackson Lamb, the boss of Slough House, as well as stories featuring the shrewd detective Zoë Boehm and her hapless partner Joe Silvermann.

Dolphin Junction displays Herron’s craft for deftly plotted storytelling, dark wit, and memorable twists.

‘Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven’t read him yet, you NEED to’ Mark Billingham

‘Mick Herron is one of the finest writers of his generation’ Steve Cavanagh
Standing by the Wall

Standing by the Wall

*A Slough House Christmas short story from the Sunday Times number one bestseller of BAD ACTORS.*

Here in Slough House, the intelligence service’s home for inept spies, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.


Roddy Ho is used to being the one the slow horses turn to when they need miracles performed, and he’s always been Jackson Lamb’s Number Two. So when Lamb has a photograph that needs doctoring, it’s Ho he entrusts with the task. Christmas is a time for memories, but Lamb doesn’t do memories – or so he says. But what is it about the photo that makes him want to alter it? How would the slow horses cope if Roddy Ho didn’t exist? And most importantly of all, are the team having Christmas drinks, and if so, where?

Standing by the Wall offers a glimpse into the kind of seasonal merriment you might expect at Slough House, where the boss generally marks the festive season with an increase in hostilities. But then, this is the secret service, not Secret Santa. And the slow horses aren’t here to enjoy themselves.

Roddy Roddy Roddy? Ho Ho Ho!
Nobody Walks

Nobody Walks

‘A first-rate modern thriller’ Daily Mail

Set in the same world as Mick Herron’s bestselling Slough House thrillers, Nobody Walks introduces JK Coe, a fledgling spy who’s about to get a harsh lesson in the realities of life on Spook Street

Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead – Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking pot.
Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son’s death. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. And some of them – like JK Coe – will have cause to regret his reappearance.

Bettany might have thought he’d left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody ever really walks away.
Bad Actors

Bad Actors

THE INSTANT #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘Herron is at the summit of a new golden age of spy fiction’ Sunday Times


*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

In MI5 a scandal is brewing and there are bad actors everywhere.

A key member of a Downing Street think-tank has disappeared without a trace. Claude Whelan, one-time First Desk of MI5’s Regent’s Park, is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to Regent’s Park HQ itself, with its chief, Diana Taverner, as prime suspect. Meanwhile her Russian counterpart has unexpectedly shown up in London but has slipped under MI5’s radar.

Over at Slough House, the home for demoted and embittered spies, the slow horses are doing what they do best: adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation.

In a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing is the norm, bad actors are bending the rules for their own gain. If the slow horses want to change the script, they’ll need to get their own act together before the final curtain.

‘A pitch-perfect espionage thriller’ Sunday Times

‘This is entertainment of the highest class’ Literary Review

‘[Bad Actors] deserves the bouquets that will come its way, and Herron is building a series with lasting resonance’ The Times

‘One of the most consistently enjoyable literary achievements of the past decade’ The Times

‘The man is a genius’ Spectator
Slough House Thrillers Boxed Set

Slough House Thrillers Boxed Set

*NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES STARRTING GARY OLDMAN

‘Herron is at the summit of a new golden age of spy fiction’ Sunday Times

Spooks are supposed to be stealthy … But those who make a noisy mess of their careers end up in Slough House.

This is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom: a dumping ground for spies who’ve screwed up. Once high fliers, they’re now slow horses, condemned to a life of pushing paper as punishment for crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal. In drab and mildewed offices, these highly trained spies moan and squabble, stare at the walls, and dream of better days – not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a slow horse, and the one thing they have in common is their desire to be back in the action.

Housed together for the first time in a beatifully crafted boxset, Mick Herron’s Slough House thrillers have been described as ‘The most exciting development in spy fiction since the Cold War’ The Times

Slow Horses

Slow Horses

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘To have been lucky enough to play Smiley in one’s career; and now go and play Jackson Lamb in Mick Herron’s novels – the heir, in a way, to le Carre – is a terrific thing’ Gary Oldman

Slough House is the outpost where disgraced spies are banished to see out the rest of their derailed careers. Known as the ‘slow horses’ these misfits have committed crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal while on duty.

In this drab and mildewed office these highly trained spies don’t run ops, they push paper. Not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a slow horse and the one thing they have in common is they want to be back in the action.

‘The most exciting development in spy fiction since the Cold War’ The Times

‘The most enjoyable British spy novel in years.’ Mail on Sunday

‘The new spy master’ Evening Standard
Joe Country

Joe Country

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

‘Sets a new bar for spy fiction’ Financial Times

In Slough House, the backwater for failed spies, memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

With winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible for killing a slow horse breaks cover at last, Lamb sends his crew out to even the score.

This time, they’re heading into joe country. And they’re not all coming home.

‘The go-to author for British espionage’ Guardian

‘Bitingly intelligent, light of touch and frequently hilarious’ Observer
Spook Street

Spook Street

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘A terrific spy novel’ Ian Rankin

Twenty years retired from the Intelligence Service, David Cartwright still knows where all the bones are buried. But when he forgets that secrets are supposed to stay hidden, there’s suddenly a target on his back.

The ‘Old Bastard’ raised his grandson to be a hero, not a slow horse. Now, far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is part of Jackson Lamb’s team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House. Which doesn’t mean he won’t ditch everything and go rogue when his grandfather comes under threat.

Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day, and knows better than most that this is no innocent old man. So when a panic button raises the alarm at Intelligence Service HQ, it’s Lamb who’s called on to identify the body. And it’s Lamb who’ll do whatever’s necessary to protect an agent in peril.

‘A modern masterpiece’ Irish Times

‘Outstanding’ Daily Telegraph
London Rules

London Rules

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘The best thriller writer in Britain today’ Sunday Express

At Regent’s Park, the Intelligence Service HQ, new First Desk Claude Whelan is learning the job the hard way.

Tasked with protecting a beleaguered Prime Minister, he’s facing attack from all directions: 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.

Over at Slough House, the last stop for washed up spies, 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 – making a bad situation much, much worse.

‘Mick Herron is the John le Carré of our generation’ Val McDermid

‘Dazzingly inventive’ Sunday Times
Real Tigers

Real Tigers

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘The finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years’ Metro

Slough House is the Intelligence Service outpost for failed spies, former high-fliers now dubbed the ‘slow horses’. Catherine Standish, one of their number, worked in Regent’s Park long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back, and she’s known Jackson Lamb long enough to have learned that old sins cast long shadows. And she also knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks, even recovering drunks whose careers have crashed and burned.

What she doesn’t know is why anyone would target her.

So whoever’s holding her hostage, it can’t be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it’s about Jackson Lamb. And say what you like about Lamb, he’ll never leave a joe in the lurch.

He might even be someone you could trust with your life.

‘Masterful’ Daily Mail

‘A pulsating spy thriller’ Daily Express
Slough House

Slough House

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

*THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
**THE TIMES THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR**
***WINNER OF THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2022***

‘A gripping thriller’ Ian Rankin

Slough House – the crumbling office building to which failed spies, the ‘slow horses’, are banished – has been wiped from secret service records.

Reeling from recent losses in their ranks, the slow horses are worried they’ve been pushed further into the cold, and fatal accidents keep happening.

With a new populist movement taking a grip on London’s streets, the aftermath of a blunder by the Russian secret service that left a British citizen dead, and the old order ensuring that everything’s for sale to the highest bidder, the world’s an uncomfortable place for those deemed surplus to requirements. The wise move would be to find a safe place and wait for the troubles to pass.

But the slow horses aren’t famed for making wise decisions.

‘The most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley’ The Times

‘An absolute tour-de-force’ Sunday Express
The Catch

The Catch

‘This tightly plotted tragicomedy will provide a welcome fix for addicts awaiting Herron’s seventh Jackson Lamb novel’ The Times

‘Packed with Herron’s trademark witty one-liners and sardonic humour . . . it’s clear why Herron is a force to be reckoned with and the best thriller writer in Britain today’ Daily Express

‘A slim serio-comic offering . . . It plays out typically cleverly’ Sunday Times

If life in the Intelligence Service has taught John Bachelor anything, it’s to keep his head down. Especially now, when he’s living rent-free in a dead spook’s flat.

So he’s not delighted to be woken at dawn by a pair of Regent’s Park’s heavies, looking for a client he’s not seen in years. John doesn’t know what secrets Benny Manors has stolen, but they’re attracting the wrong attention. And if he’s to save his own skin, not to mention safeguard his living arrangements, John has to find Benny before those secrets see the light.

Benny could be anywhere, provided it serves alcohol. So John sets out on a reluctant trawl through the bars of the capital, all the while plagued by the age-old questions: Will he end up sleeping in his car? How many bottles of gin can he afford at London prices?

And just how far will Regent’s Park go to prevent anyone rocking the Establishment’s boat?
Smoke and Whispers

Smoke and Whispers

‘This is one of these novels where you read it, not just to see what happens at the end, but to see what happens on the very next page’ Booklist

When a body is hauled from the River Tyne, Sarah Tucker heads to Newcastle for a closer look. She identifies the dead woman as private detective Zoë Boehm, but putting a name to the corpse only raises further questions. Did Zoë kill herself, or did one of her old cases come back to haunt her? Why was she wearing the jacket a murderer had stolen years before? And what’s brought Sarah’s former sparring partner Gerard Inchon to the same broken-down hotel where she’s staying? Coincidence is an excuse that soon appears pretty unconvincing. Sarah can’t leave until she’s found the answers to her questions, however dangerous they might turn out to be.
Why We Die

Why We Die

‘Herron is a stylish writer with a mordant sensibility and a deadly wit. He’s also a tricky plotter’ New York Times Book Review

When Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the gang who knocked over Sweeney’s jewellery shop, she’s just hoping to break even in time for tax season. She certainly doesn’t expect to wind up in a coffin. But she’s about to become entangled with a strange collection of characters, starting with suicidal Tim Whitby, who’s dedicating what’s left of his life to protecting the pretty, battered Katrina Blake from her late husband’s sociopathic brothers, Arkle and Trent.

Unfortunately for Zoë, Arkle has a crossbow, Tim has nothing left to lose, and even Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can’t be avoided forever.
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