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Bad Actors

#8 Slough House

Mick Herron

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John Murray
10 May 2022
Series: Slough House
INTELLIGENCE HAS A NEW HOME
A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan-one-time head of MI5's Regent's Park-is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What's her counterpart, Moscow's First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he's telling?

Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal, and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation . . .

There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.

'Herron has certainly devised the most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley' The Times

'Herron's novels are genuinely thrilling' Daily Telegraph

'Britain's finest living thriller writer' Sunday Express
 Bad Actors

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Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781529378719
ISBN 10:   1529378710
Series:   Slough House
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Bad Actors (#8 Slough House)

[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 * Written with the gifted Herron's typical wit, and with Lamb's personality pervading every page, this is the antithesis of the discreet George Smiley * Daily Mail * One of the best entries in an outstanding series * Daily Express (Scotland) , Daily Mirror * What we're reading * The i Paper * It's beautifully written with a satisfyingly complex plot and an explosive finale * Daily Record * 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 * The Sunday Times * Snappily paced, his comic prose fizzes with an epigrammatic chutzpah, softened by elegiac grace notes * The Spectator * It's beautifully written with a satisfyingly complex plot and an explosive finale. Herron remains Britain's finest living thriller writer * Sunday Express * New readers attracted by the TV version of Slow Horses will find Herron at his very best * The Mail on Sunday, Mail Online * The foremost living spy novelist in the English language -- John Gray * New Statesman *


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