London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one.
Cover your arse.
Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboa...more
“Eight months of anger f**king management sessions, and this evening she’d officially be declared anger free. It had been hinted she might even get a badge. That could be a problem – if anyone stuck a badge on her, they’d be carrying their teeth home in a hankie. . .”
More of Herron’s trademark humour, off-beat characters, and action in and around London. Plus his wonderful mood setting where the weather and the time of day become their own characters. I love this part of his style.
This fifth b ...more
Mind you he keeps his best characters going, River, Lamb, Catherine, Louisa are in every book. And they are so entertaining. The dialogue is witty and full of black humour. When political correctness was handed out Lamb was obviously behind a door somewhere and misse ...more
And when it comes to MI5, it doesn’t matter whether you work at Regent’s Park or Slough House. The former is where all the cool kids get to be spies. The latter is home to agents who’ve screwed up royally but can’t legally (or at least, quietly) be kille ...more
So, things are not what they seem and our current batch ...more
The book starts out with a terrorist act, claimed by ISIS, but it’s not in some small village in the Middle East. There are two more events, one involving penguins and the other a train. There is an attempt on Roddy Ho's life, and Shirley regretfully saves him. It happens a second time, again unsuccess ...more
I found the 1st book I read in this series OK but although loving the idea of Slough House and the relegated spies was not fully committed to reading further books. In spite of my doubts I decided to carry on regardless and I am so pleased I did. For me ...more
One thing I’ve noted is the humour and general pacing improve substantially around the half-way mark. The plot is a bit outrageous and unlik ...more
I think Mick Herron’s Slough House series just keeps improving! Herron brings his characteristic humour to the creation of the failed spies of Slough House, with characters who all exhibit personal problems that interfere daily with their ability to function.
Eight months of anger fucking management sessions, and this evening she'd officially be declared anger free. It had been hinted she might even get a badge. That could be a problem--if anyone stuck a badge on her, they'd be carrying...more
I lost count of the laugh-out-loud moments in "London Rules" and there's a line about ...more
When a friend suggested that Mick Herron was up there with John Le Carré, I was dubious. John Le Carré is an all time great, a titan, however she is quite correct. Not only does Mick Herron achieve similar levels of literary greatness, he has also managed to update Le Carré’s Cold War settings into a recognisable and contemporary 21st century. It’s an extraordinary achievement. Herr ...more
Where le Carré was the master of the Cold War espionage story and nailed that sense of betrayal lurking around every corner, Mick Herron writes for our era, when there is no defined enemy state, but there are mindless agents of all kinds of screwed-up organizations who cou ...more
'We're talking about a bunch of mindless bottom-feeders whose general ignorance of our way of life is tempered only by their indifference to human suffering, we're all agreed on that?'
'Is this the politicians or the killers?'
'Good point, but I meant the killers.'
Opening with a terrorist atrocity claimed by ISIS, we think we're on what has become increasingly familiar fictional territory - but, ah, this is Mick Herron, so nothing is ever what it seems...
This whole series is fabulous but I think ...more
If you haven’t met the Slow Horses before then London Rules will make little or no sense at all. Best to ...more
Mick Herron’s marvellously funny, horribly plausible, politically too close for comfort, twisty, turny sequence of spooks-on-the-prowl novels continues, all guns effortlessly blazing for another 5 star review with this one.
For those new to Herron’s ‘Slough House, Jackson Lamb’ series, good though Book 5 (this one) is, and despite the fact that yes, each book can be read as a stand-alone, I would strongly, strongly suggest you race awa ...more
This book is so enjoyable a read it is something like a roller coaster ride one wishes to run back quickly to get in line for to ride all over again.
Herron's humour is very appealing to me, and I can count on laughing out loud frequently reading his books. I do hope this series will be produced, but then the language? Hmmm, mayb ...more
I just love the characters in these books, Herron does an amazing job of making them come alive on the page. Particularly Jackson Lamb who farts and scratches his way through the story unashamedly. I love him! I also have a soft spot for River as he was the character who set the s ...more
It's all go at Slough House or maybe not as the team get on with their busy work which probably won't help the Service save the nation but even they are puzzled as to why anyone except them would want to kill the obnoxious Roddy Ho, not once but twice. Still it takes their minds off not being involved in the hunt for the t ...more
I was an early adopter of the Slow Horses, and have each one on pre-order, delivered to the Kindle. This time, I made myself wait before devouring it, partly because I wanted to know it was still there, partly because I knew once I’d started it, I wouldn’t stop and there aren’t that many evenings when I can realistically stay up until 2am without repercussions the next day. Last night was one of those when it was OK - and yes, it was 2am before I fini ...more
#5 in the Slow Horses series gets off to a gallop with a blinding opening (which I shall not spoil by describing). Mick Herron is a spy thriller writer at the top of his game and his mastery of the material positively thrums with confidence, originality and hilarity.
Right on the zeitgeist – if not ahead of it – Herron has fun with his conflation of real-life politicos and jumped-up tabloid journos in a complex terrorist plot that this time sees Slough House’s annoying techie Roddy ...more