*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
*Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar-award winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb*
‘The new king of the spy thriller’ Mail on Sunday
‘Razor-sharp prose, fully formed characters and an underlying pathos make this series the most exciting development in spy fiction since the Cold War’ The Times
‘We’re spies,’ said Lamb. ‘All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.’
In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.
And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.
This time, they’re heading into joe country. And they’re not all coming home.
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER*
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR*
‘Mick Herron is fast becoming the go-to author for British espionage, and the sixth novel in his Slough House series, Joe Country, is up to his usual high standard’ Guardian
‘As a master of wit, satire, insight… Herron is difficult to overpraise’ Daily Telegraph
‘Irresistible writing … ironclad storytelling and off-kilter humour’ Financial Times
‘Mick Herron’s novels are a satirical chronicle of modern Britain . . . in their gleefully shocking way, his books reflect the trajectory of the nation’ Economist
A complex, accomplished novel by the best thriller writer in Britain today * Daily Express, Books of the Year * If you haven't yet immersed yourself in the world of Slough House, the arena for Herron's jaded and thoroughly imperfect spies, you've a treat in store . . . Combining espionage, ennui and deadpan humour, they set a new bar for spy fiction * FT, Books of the Year * Herron's running jokes with language are part of the fun, and his corpulent, politically incorrect and scatalogically creative eminence noir Jackson Lamb is the icing on the cake * The Times * Mick Herron's Slough House spy thrillers are by now, one of the least well-kept secrets in espionage fiction. Everyone with even half an eye on the genre knows he is somewhere near the top . . . Herron is a fine, often glorious sentence-by-sentence writer, and fiercely funny with his dialogue . . . a hugely satisfying addition to the series * Literary Review * Well observed, angry and deeply sad, Joe Country is fundamentally about injustice . . . It is a rare novelist who can make such unrelenting misery so funny * TLS * Herron's morbidly witty backdrop hosts incisive storytelling with a rich mix of engaging characters * Financial Times * A delight - an ingeniously plotted thriller, delivered in bone dry, sublimely sardonic style * Sunday Mirror * Every bit as captivating as its predecessors . . . like a pin-sharp sitcom that happens to include murder and high politics, they purr along on the gracelessness and ineptitude of the self-deluding Slow Horses, the unmatchable Lamb, and the crackling writing that has made all six in the series unmissable * Big Issue * Herron is superior to the vast majority of thriller writers at their best, and there's no shortage here of reliable treats ranging from messy, inept gunfights to brutally sarcastic dialogue * Sunday Times * Mick Herron is fast becoming the go-to author for British espionage . . . Aficionados can expect Herron's trademark snappy dialogue, memorably flawed characters and sharp political observation * Guardian * This series is bitingly intelligent, light of touch and frequently hilarious * Observer * The best thriller writer in Britain today * Daily Express * Herron does not seek to be John le Carre - his is a wryer, more ironic style; faster, more down to earth, with rapid prose that grabs you by the throat. If you haven't read him yet, do so now * Daily Mail *
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