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Publisher's Summary

London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM's favourite Muslim, who's about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he's hiding; 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, and someone's trying to kill Roddy Hoover at Slough House. 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 - that of making a bad situation much, much worse.

It's a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren't going to break themselves.

©2018 Mick Herron (P)2018 John Murray Press

Critic Reviews

"The UK's new spy master." (Sunday Times

"Herron is spy fiction's great humorist, mixing absurd situations with sparklingly funny dialogue and elegant, witty prose." (The Times

"Herron draws his readers so fully into the world of Slough House that the incautious might find themselves slipping between the pages and transformed from reader to spook." (Irish Times)

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  • Anna
  • Carcassonne, France
  • 02-14-18

Brilliant!

Mick Herron has to be one of the best crime/spy writers on the scene today. Not only is he an intelligent and highly skilled writer who is a joy to read but he has a wickedly acute sense of humour and is an wry observer of our common humanity.
The Slough House series goes from strength to strength.
i can't recommend this book highly enough - outstanding.

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  • Belinda
  • 02-09-18

Gripping. Brilliantly entertaining.

I love Mick Herron’s dialogue. It is clever and insightful and funny. Depicts the characters brilliantly. Fantastic storytelling.
Sean Barrett’s narration is perfect. Tone, timing and interpretation all incredible. Hugely talented voice actor.
I’m a big fan of Slough House.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 02-13-18

Best one yet!

I have really enjoyed reading all five of the currently available books in this series. Love the variety of deeply flawed characters and the careful, complicated plot lines. Sean Barrett isn’t bad, either!

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  • Earnest
  • 06-06-18

Another real treat for Slough House fans

What an amusing and engrossing tale. So very well plotted and more lyrical than usual in parts.

I chuckled when Mr Barrett had to read the lines,”Mr Barrett,whose rich voice was a pleasure to listen to..” was that written by Mr Herron or Mr S. Barrett himself? (I am unable to access the book to check.)
But it is true. Jackson Lamb “lives forever” in the characterization provided by that voice we have come to appreciate so much.

Just a tiny question. Is it just me or have River and Shirley had a brain transplant and become dumb and dumber since dawn?
No matter. Please write more Mr Herron.
Lady Di T. must be expunged.

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  • susan barnes
  • 06-04-18

Brilliant!

Mick Herron and Sean Barrett, one of the best audio books in my library. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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  • Birdie
  • 05-16-18

Jackson Lamb , my ( anti ) hero!

Jackson Lamb lights up the page every time he appears. If you like your humour caustic and cynical, he is the man. Read by the inimitable Sean Barrett. Heaven on a stick !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-18

Brilliant

I love this series and these characters. Very funny, and beautifully written. Seán Barrett’s reading is fantastic.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 07-04-18

The grubby side of the an almost secret service

Brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett who brings the likes of the wonderfully awful Lamb to life. A tale of ambition and backstabbing, guilt and weaknesses, and disrespect for rules and manners. Read and love it. I've enjoyed them all and lived with the tackiness of slow horses and their brilliant persistence in the face of immovable bureaucracy.

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  • Mr Stuart Bradford
  • 07-02-18

Great book in a great series

I enjoyed every minute of this, well written and narrated. Can we have the next book quickly please.

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  • g.e.pleasance
  • 07-01-18

EXPECTED MORE...

I really enjoyed the narrator-Sean Barrett and the depiction of the characters but the book left me a little cold. The main plot was trying to be too clever in parts and felt formulaic. Not my style

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  • Nick Moore
  • 06-27-18

Brilliant!

Great stories, with proper beginnings, middles and endings, coupled with clever humour in the characters, delivered by one of the best in the narration business, Sean Barrett could read the phone directory and I'd listen. He has the brilliant talent of bringing Mick Herron's clever stories to life, making every character truly believable. I've not listened to a better series for a long time.

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  • Janette Gorman
  • 04-02-18

Not ready for the pasture

Cracking book. I have loved this series since I found it and it keeps getting better and better.

Beautifully written and perfectly narrated. My only disappointment is that I have to wait another year.

Cheers

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  • Steven Lewis
  • 07-27-18

The series just gets better.

This series just gets better, especially read by Sean Barrett, who brings Jackson Lamb to life splendidly.

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  • soo jay
  • 02-25-18

Set my teeth on edge.

I usually can't get enough of the Slough House books, and Sean Barrett's narration. However, with this one Barrett has changed the way he performs the voice of Jackson Lamb, arguably the central character of the series. His voice is irritatingly phlegmy and moist and Lamb sounds like he's about to wheeze his last at any moment. I had to struggle to get through the book because the squelchy rumblings of Lamb. The story was worth it though; the best Slough House book yet.

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  • Susan
  • 02-10-18

Possibly best yet

Great story. As always excellent reading by Barrett. Niggling worry though that I will not be able to stick with Lamb's increasing personal grossness (and Herron's increasingly juvenile obsession with farting). Only so much of that a woman can overlook.