London Rules

Mick Herron

ISBN: 9781616959616

Published: June, 2018

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The fifth entry in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series featuring Jackson Lamb.

At MI5 headquarters Regent’s Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions: from the showboating MP who orchestrated ...

The fifth entry in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series featuring Jackson Lamb.

At MI5 headquarters Regent’s Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM’s favorite Muslim, who’s about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he’s hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble. Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks.

Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength—that of making a bad situation much, much worse.

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“Mick Herron is the John le Carré of our generation.”
—Val McDermid
“The new spy master . . . If Slough House on Aldersgate Street EC1 really existed it would already rival the Old Curiosity Shop on Portsmouth Street WC2 as a landmark of literary London . . . Herron has read his Carl Hiaasen as well as his Charles Dickens. The coruscating cynicism and cartoon comedy do not detract from the seriousness of the message: ‘Hate crime pollutes the soul, but only the souls of those who commit it.’ ”
—Evening Standard
“The new king of the spy thriller.”
—Mail on Sunday
“The best modern British spy series.”
—Daily Express
“Herron's comic brilliance should not overshadow the fact that his books are frequently thrilling, often thought-provoking, and sometimes moving and even inspiring. Reading one of Herron's worst books would be the highlight of my month and London Rules is one of his best.”
—Sunday Express
“His character [Jackson Lamb] is a modern Falstaff . . . He's [Herron] been called the heir to Len Deighton—and Mick Herron's latest mordantly funny espionage novel only backs that up.”
—Sunday Times
London Rules confirms Mick Herron as the greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language, and possibly all crime fiction.”
—The Times
“Superb.”
—Irish Times
“Sharper, funnier and more distorted than ever.”
—Literary Review
“This is modern British spy fiction at its brilliant best; taut, tense, quirky, funny and thrilling.”
—Choice
“Le Carré looks sugar-coated next to the acid Slough House novels . . . As a master of wit, satire, insight and that very English trick of disguising heartfelt writing as detached irony before launching a surprise assault on the reader's emotions, Herron is difficult to overpraise.”
—Daily Telegraph
“Herron adeptly negotiates the rules of satire and the laws of libel to create fictional public figures who simultaneously hit more than one real-life bullseye . . . Stylistically, Herron's narrative voice swoops from the high to the low but it's the dialogue that zings: the screenwriters of the inevitable TV version won't have to change much . . . Herron is a very funny writer, but also a serious plotter.”
—The Guardian
“The most remarkable and mesmerizing series of novels, set mostly and explicitly in London, to have appeared in years. It is hypnotically fascinating, absolutely contemporary, cynical and hopeful. ”
—The Arts Desk
“Jackson Lamb—subtle of brain but outrageously gross in almost every other way—still rules over his band of misfit agents in this fifth title in Herron's hilarious take on the contemporary spy thriller. Based at decrepit Slough House, dumping ground for the security services' awkward squad, his team get the jump on their disdainful colleagues when a weird terrorist plot starts to play out.”
—Sunday Times Crime Club
“Herron shows once again that the United Kingdom's intelligence community is every bit as dysfunctional and alarmingly funny as Bill James' cops and robbers.”
—Kirkus Reviews
London Rules may be the best Jackson Lamb thriller yet, and that's saying something, considering how brilliant the previous ones are.”
—Mark Billingham, author of the internationally bestselling Tom Thorne novels
London Rules takes the Jackson Lamb series to new levels of nerve-shredding tension, leavened as always with moments of eye-watering hilarity—often on the same page.”
—Christopher Brookmyre, author of the Jack Parlabane thrillers