Author(s): Mick Herron
Never outlive your ability to survive a fight. Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he's always known there would be an accounting. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'Nasty old spook with blood on his hands' would be a more accurate description. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House. So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril ...
Long-listed for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017 and CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction 2017.
Spook Street, #4 of the Slough House series, can be read as a stand alone, but I'm positive after reading you will want to seek out the rest of this brilliant series. Mike Herron mixes intricate plotting with compelling characters, and adds witty narrative and dialog. Hard to imagine a better thriller. This author is a star!
Alicia, The Book Grocer
A terrific spy novel: sublime dialogue, frictionless plotting Ian Rankin Immensely satisfying and utterly brilliant Sarah Hilary Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven't read him yet, you NEED to. I read the Jackson Lamb books one after the other and am already desperate for the next one. They are smart, darkly comic and hugely addictive Mark Billingham A captivating series where the intelligence services' misfits and screw-ups become the useful tools of Herron's quite magnificent creation, Jackson Lamb Christopher Brookmyre I love Mick Herron's books more than is decent. Hands down my favourite crime series of the decade ... Spook Street is a superb novel - fast-paced, original, witty and completely satisfying on every level. I just can't get enough of this brilliant series Antonia Hodgson In Spook Street Mick Herron returns to the wonderful fallen spies of MI5 in a series that is fast becoming a classic Daily Express The dialogue crackles. Herron is a master of timing, word by word, sentence by sentence. His language creates its own world, with streaks of satire and loss that prevent it from becoming too comfortable. Give yourself a treat and hurry on down to Spook Street The Spectator It's all sheer fun. Herron is spy fiction's great humorist, mixing absurd situations with sparklingly funny dialogue and elegant, witty prose The Times Slough House provides the hub for Mick Herron's Jackson Lamb spy novels, of which Spook Street is the fourth, a series that is by some distance the most impressive new body of work in spy fiction Irish Times Mick Herron's outstanding series is extremely funny Daily Telegraph It's not often a reviewer can say, "You've never read anything quite like this" but it's a safe encomium to use in the case of Mick Herron. The author's idiosyncratic writing is unique in his genre: the spycraft of le Carre refracted through the blackly comic vision of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 Financial Times Herron's series of novels about a group of deadbeat spies - or 'slow horses', in spook parlance - has been hailed as the most exciting thing to hit the genre since George Smiley hung up his mackintosh Mail on Sunday Spook Street is written with a wry, sardonic wit that will make you laugh out loud as you are taken on a gripping thrill ride Daily Express The new spy master Evening Standard
Mick Herron's first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years' by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time' by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Sunday Express wrote that it 'revitalised the spy thriller genre'.