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The Drop

A Slough House Novella
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Slough House, Book 5.5
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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A Slough House novella from the 'John le Carré of our generation'.

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair's breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. 

Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her specialty.

A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.

It's also what happens just before you hit the ground.

©2018 Mick Herron (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Up to the usual high standards. Great story and narration. Looking forward to more soon.

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  • Brian
  • 06-04-19

Great writer and master storyteller

A prep for the next Jackson Lambe book. Introducing a new part of the tale and the next member of the slow horses. Full of the wit and observation that has lured readers along this spectacular series. While short , it is as entertaining as the previous books and renews the readers thirst for more. looking forward to the next novel. This writer never disappoints.

keep them coming Mick

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  • Molly
  • 09-03-19

Short but perfectly formed story.

This is the first short(ish) story I can recall reading where I didn't feel confused, bored or cheated. Mick Herron delivers the same qualities as in his full-length novels – an intriguing plot, enticing characterisations, and shed-loads of ultra dry humour.
Seán Barrett's reading is, as always, superlative – rich, humorous and nuanced. I highly recommend all the Slough House and Zoë Boehm books; I've found no other writer within this genre who comes close to the standard set by Mick Herron.

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  • Derek Platten
  • 07-04-19

Contrived but cleverly so.

Missed Jackson Lamb but it appears we will have a new slow horse for him to abuse.

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  • Neal Stothard
  • 11-30-18

Loved it

Although it was a short story, I got into it right away and wanted it to go on. Ended too soon for me and can't wait for the next book.

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  • AReader
  • 11-05-18

Cameo

Providing you are already a fan, and you realise it only lasts two hours, you will enjoy this. Silkily read by Sean Barrett, as usual.

I imagine it is, at least potentially, setting the scene for new characters in a further Slough House novel; an excellent prospect.

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  • Mark
  • 11-04-18

An Entertaining Amuse - Bouche

This is not actually a Slough House novel (it can't be without the incomparable Jackson Lamb in it) but Spook Street Evil Queen Lady Di and the hapless old asset babysitter John Bachelor are at the centre of a nasty little scrabble around 'Snow White' with undeserving winners and losers all round. If this is how MI5 is really run then heaven help us all. I prefer to see it as gorgeously entertaining fiction that whets the appetite for the next full blown Slough House banquet.

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  • AKD
  • 11-02-18

Disappointing

Thought i was buying a book so when it came to a grinding halt prematurely thought I had fallen asleep and missed part but alas no. My fault for reading the details properly, just saw new Slough House book and bought it. It might have made an ok start to a story but did not think it stands alone.

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  • david
  • 01-28-19

not too good

way too much time spent in every characters head and no action. seems like the first 2 chapters of a new story rather than a whole stoey

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  • susan barnes
  • 12-09-18

Oh dear Mick!!

This is very disappointing! It just the first chapter of the next book. I paid 7.99 for this! Sean Barrett, brilliant as ever. x
This is a verified reader and not R. Ho giving a random 1 star.

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