Bad Actors

Bad Actors : The Instant #1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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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.

'Mick Herron is the John le Carre of our generation' Val McDermid

'Mick Herron is such a joyously stylish writer' Ian Rankin

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'Mick Herron is one of the finest writers of his generation' Steve Cavanagh
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 28mm | 440g
  • Baskerville
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529378710
  • 9781529378719
  • 21,795

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What spurs me to keep reading each new installment is Herron's absurdist voice, which could devolve into cheap cynicism but never does
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[Bad Actors] deserves the bouquets that will come its way, and Herron is building a series with lasting resonance. We'll miss the show when some day he decides to bring the curtain down. * The Times * A pitch-perfect espionage thriller and a double delight for political nerds as it thrusts the slow horses into a Russian intelligence operation in Westminster. . . What Bad Actors shows is that he has inherited le Carre's mantle for using the thriller to dissect the times in which he lives. . . Bad Actors is his most piquant political satire, dripping with tart observations about our unruly rulers -- Tim Shipman * Sunday Times Culture * There's no doubting Herron's intelligence. Will he prove to be our age's Anthony Trollope? . . . Few other contemporary thrillers, at any event, would have the confidence to make a plot point of the post-Brexit residency status of some of Lazio's hardcore Curva Nord football fans . . . [Bad Actors] deserves the bouquets that will come its way, and Herron is building a series with lasting resonance * The Times * Anyone who enjoys Mick Herron's masterful political satires and fantastical spy fiction must be afraid that one day his powers of invention will falter. It hasn't happened yet. Bad Actors is as good as ever . . . This novel contains some serious, hard-hitting emotions alongside the wit, neat plotting, great action scenes, beautiful descriptions and wonderful schoolboy smut (placed in the mouth of Lamb) we have come to associate with Herron's writing. This is entertainment of the highest class * Literary Review * This highly topical, beautifully written, indecently entertaining book maintains the impeccably high standards Herron has set for this essential series * Irish Times * What spurs me to keep reading each new installment is Herron's absurdist voice, which could devolve into cheap cynicism but never does * New York Times * Like all of Herron's enthralling series, Bad Actors is both thriller and anti-thriller, subverting and denying the treats you expect from the genre, but then sardonically providing them in a twisted form after all * Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month * Anyone who tries to understand modern Britain through its fiction but overlooks Mick Herron's satirical thrillers merits a punishment posting to the critics' version of Slough House. . . Snappily paced, his comic prose fizzes with an epigrammatic chutzpah, softened by elegiac grace notes. . . Herron, in Wodehouse or Pratchett mode, fashions a self-sustaining comic realm. . . it's the line-by-line hits of patter and backchat - part-Noel Coward, part-Joe Orton - that spritz every page * Spectator * Beautifully written with a satisfyingly complex plot and an explosive finale. Herron remains Britain's finest living thriller writer. . . [A] remarkable talent * Sunday Express * Mixes his trademark black comedy with insights into the tangled moral universe we inhabit. . . Herron at his very best * Mail on Sunday *
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About Mick Herron

Mick Herron is the author of the bestselling Slough House novels, which have won two CWA Daggers, been published in 20 languages, and are the basis of a major forthcoming TV series starring Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb. He is also the author of the Zoe Boehm series, and the standalone novels Reconstruction and This is What Happened. Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.
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