Competition published on February 10, 2017.
Never outlive your ability to survive a fight.
Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his tail.
Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he’s always known there would be an accounting. And he’s not as defenceless as they might think.
Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. ‘Nasty old spook with blood on his hands’ would be a more accurate description. ‘The old bastard’ has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb’s team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.
So it’s Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright’s panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril…
Spook Street is the fourth in Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series, and we have a copy of all four to give away to one lucky reader!
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“A terrific spy novel: sublime dialogue, frictionless plotting.” – Ian Rankin
“Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven’t read him yet, you NEED to. I read the Jackson Lamb books one after the other and am already desperate for the next one. They are smart, darkly comic and hugely addictive.” – Mark Billingham
“A captivating series where the intelligence services’ misfits and screw-ups become the useful tools of Herron’s quite magnificent creation, Jackson Lamb.” – Christopher Brookmyre
Slough House is a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a service file on a train, say, blown a surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and most bitter among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations. But when a young man is abducted, and his kidnappers threaten to behead him live on the internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone involved has their own agenda…
Slow Horses by Mick Herron, published on 11 August, 2016 by John Murray in paperback (reissue)
Dickie Bow is not an obvious target for assassination. But once a spook, always a spook. And Dickie was a talented streetwalker back in the day, before he turned up dead on a bus. A shadow. Good at following people, bringing home their secrets. Dickie was in Berlin with Jackson Lamb. Now Lamb’s got his phone, and on it the last secret Dickie ever told, and reason to believe an old-time Moscow-style op is being run in the Service’s back-yard. In the Intelligence Service purgatory that is Slough House, Jackson Lamb’s crew of back-office no-hopers is about to go live…
Dead Lions by Mick Herron, published on 8 September, 2016 by John Murray in paperback (reissue)
London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their careers pushing paper. But when one of these fallen spies is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. With a pulsating plot that races and twists through the streets of London, and dialogue that is both sharp and full of dry wit, Mick Herron’s third instalment in the Jackson Lamb series is another exceptional crime thriller.
Real Tigers by Mick Herron, published on 20 October, 2016 by John Murray in paperback (reissue)
About the author
Mick Herron’s first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the ‘most enjoyable British spy novel in years’ by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time’ by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Sunday Express wrote that it ‘revitalised the spy thriller genre’. Herron is currently living in Oxford.
Spook Street by Mick Herron, published on 9 February, 2017 by John Murray in hardback
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