Dead Lions

Dead Lions

Hardback Slough House

By (author) Mick Herron

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  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 38mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1616952253
  • ISBN 13: 9781616952259
  • Sales rank: 187,285

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London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle--not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another. Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

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Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of two books in the Slough House series, "Slow""Horses "and "Dead Lions," as well as a mystery series set in Oxford. He now lives in Oxford and works in London.

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Praise for DEAD LIONS "Funny, clever ... Genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose." ─"Publishers Weekly", STARRED Review "["Dead Lions"] features some of the twistiest plotlines in crime fiction...[and] is beautifully written but also elegantly structured ... Ever since finishing "Slow Horses", I've been waiting for a possible sequel. Now that it's here, I have the pleasure of experiencing it, along with the pang of having finished it." ─International Noir Fiction "Herron provides a dour, twisty spy thriller with something for everyone: part post-Cold War miasma, part James Bond heroics, and elliptical withal." "─Kirkus Reviews" "Herron delivers unbeatable entertainment for thriller fans." ─"Library Journal "(starred review) ""Dead Lions" is at once a finely wrought thriller and a farcical, fiercely pointed tale of political greed and bureaucratic corruption. Mick Herron writes like a dream." "─Open Letters Monthly" "Full of style and cynical humor .... Has all the punch-your-lights-out action of a movie thriller." ─Read Me Deadly Praise for Mick Herron "Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way ... In Herron's book, there is no hiding under the desk." ─"The New York Times Book Review" "Stylish and engaging." ─"The Washington Post" "[A] masterful thriller ... The intricate plot, coupled with Herron's breezy writing style, results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison." ─"Publishers Weekly", Starred Review "Like a good movie ... grabs the reader from the first page." ─"Booklist", Starred Review