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In CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron's chillingly plausible first standalone,“there is no hiding under the desk” (The New York Times Book Review).

When a gunman breaks into South Oxford Nursery School and takes a group of hostages, teacher Louise Kennedy fears the worst. But Jaime Segura isn’t there on a homicidal mission, and he’s just as scared as those whose lives he ho
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Soho Crime (first published 2008)
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I am an avid fan. Herron's approach to a mystery is always very "internal", both to the mystery and the characters. I like his innovative structures, but I greatly admire his creative economy in description. This is my first of his Oxford mysteries, as I started with the Slow Horses series, which I admired so much I feared the other books couldn't be as delightful. They are. (And do not take "delightful" as lightweight or loopy. These are serious stories, but his writing literally delights me. I ...more
Jennifer Kepesh
Hostages taken by a lone gunman at a nursery school; a mosaic narrative from bit players and main players (though not that of the gunman). Frequent perspective shifts and flashbacks make for a dense plot that is sometimes too kaleidoscopic to follow, and a few gratuitous plot points that aren't even red herrings should have been excised. For a suspense novel, most characters are more multi-dimensional than usual, and the pacing is excellent.
Eva Mitnick
A gunman holding people hostage in an Oxford nursery school; the electronic heist of millions of dollars - at first this all sounds like familiar territory. And yet Herron's characterizations are intriguing, and he has more than a few plot twists up his sleeves - though he saves them all for the last half of the book, slamming most of them out rat-a-tat at the very end. Not great, but damn good.
Jim Thompson once wrote that the essential mystery theme is "things are not what they seem." Herron proves his point in a complex novel about the seizing of a preschool by a pawn in the spy wars. His sense of irony is highly develioped, and his ability to intercut between a half dozen major characters is impressive.
Great read, thriller with mystery. WARNING: Don't read the back of the book or let anyone tell you anything about it...Spoilers are likely and would be a shame.
Another great read. A hostage situation plays out at a nursery school in Oxford, England. This was a NTMA, will definitely check out his backlist.
I muddled through it. The premise was interesting, the twist at the end fun, but it was a tedious read for me.
Tight and clever and totally absorbing. Couldn't wait to find out how all the loose ends were tied up.
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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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