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British spy master Mick Herron returns with an explosive novella set in the same world as his multiple CWA Dagger-winning Slough House series

John Bachelor is the saddest kind of spy: not a joe in the field, not even a desk jockey, but a milkman - a part-time pension administrator whose main job is to check in on aging retired spies. Late in his career and having lost his wife, his house, and his savings after a series of unlucky choices, John's been living in a dead man's London apartment, hoping the bureaucracy isn't going to catch up with him and leave him homeless. But keeping a secret among spies is a fool's errand, and now John has made himself eminently blackmailable.

©2020 Mick Herron (P)2020 Recorded Books

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It was an enjoyable book with a good twist, but didn’t quite have the same punch of the other Slough House books. The narrator, Gerard Doyle was good as always.

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Nice twist

Poor John Bachelor is a "milkman." He is the handler for former spooks and associates, is such disgrace he doesn't have an office in Slough House. When The Dogs (MI 5 internal affairs) find out he's lost touch with one of his charges, and failed to report it, he needs to find that burglar/blackmailer and reel him in. This story follows a story line from Book 6, Joe Country, updated with a subsequent salacious event. The hint is in the title. Another stellar performance by Gerard Doyle.

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Oh dear.

This is the third (and perhaps final?) short novella involving spies in London not in the main slow horses den. The first two were good but sadly this is poor in several fronts. First the plot is kind of flogging a dead horse (oops!) and it’s as slow (oops again) as molasses. And the denouement is limp. The reading technically is poor - I couldn’t get the volume right. Pity all around.