Publication Date: 12/05/2022 ISBN: 9781529378702 Category:

Bad Actors

Mick Herron

Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication Date: 12/05/2022 ISBN: 9781529378702 Category:




*Discover The Secret Hours, the gripping new thriller from Mick Herron and an unmissable read for Slough House fans*

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*


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

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’ The Spectator

Publisher Review

Herron stands firmly in the line of descent from Ian Fleming. It is fitting that he has been given the broadcast treatment because - following the death of John le Carre - he is at the summit of what I believe is a new golden age of spy fiction. . . Herron began writing about a private detective and switched to spy thrillers in 2010, but it was eight years before he made it big. While he won awards, his books barely sold. His second, Dead Lions (2013), did not even secure a hardback release in the UK. It was only when the publisher John Murray rescued him from obscurity that he began to enjoy commercial success - he recently topped one million sales for the Slough House series -- Tim Shipman, Chief Political Commentator * Sunday Times *

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