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    Mick Herron(Author)

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London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The slow-horses, as they're called, have all disgraced themselves. Some messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Others got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug pulled from under their feet. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle. All have on thing in common: they all want to be back in the action and they'll do anything to get there, even if it means actually cooperating.

Dead Lions was the winner of the Gold Dagger Award at the CWA ceremony (24 October) The judges commented that novel is a "Well written, wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel." --CWA ceremony'I am looking foward to... [the CWA] Gold winner, Mick Herron's Dead Lions.' --Sarah Broadhurt in The Bookseller'A deserving winner of this year s prestigious CWA Gold Dagger and a book we awarded five stars, Dead Lions is a thriller with a comic touch.' --Crime Fiction Lover'This clever and funny send-up of the spy thriller won this year's CWA Gold Dagger for the best work of crime fiction... Some good plots lurk behind the satire, not least the search for a Russian super-spy who may or may not exist.' --Best crime fiction of the year in The Times'This clever and funny send-up of the spy thriller won this year's CWA Gold Dagger for the best work of crime fiction... Some good plots lurk behind the satire, not least the search for a Russian super-spy who may or may not exist.' --Best crime fiction of the year in The Times

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  • PDF | 348 pages
  • Mick Herron(Author)
  • Soho Press (9 May 2013)
  • English
  • 4
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By col2910 on 21 March 2017

    Second book in the Slough House spooks series and another riveting read.If I’m honest I found it a fraction less enjoyable than the first one – Slow Horses. The plot was a bit of a stretch for me, though the start point to it and the set-up itself were really enjoyable. I just wasn’t totally convinced by the whole shebang.Lies, duplicity, a retired Russian agent, an old lag from the Berlin days, a Regents Park go-getter, the Slough House misfits, a new Russian billionaire in town and a sleepy town in the Shires.Great characters, though in truth we have one amazing stand-out and a bunch of able supports. Jackson Lamb is truly disgusting. He farts, he burps, he’s rude and he’s cruel – particularly when offering his assistant, Catherine – a recovering alcoholic a drink, knowing damn well the consequences if she accepts. I’m not too sure whether he doesn’t care or if he cares and everything’s a test.Lamb stood, gazed at the nearest tree as if in sudden awe of nature, lifted a heel from the ground and farted. “Sign of a good curry,“ he said. “Sometimes they just bubble about inside you for ages.”“I keep meaning to ask why you’ve never married,“ River said.One thing for sure, he is very, very funny and when he’s off page, I miss him. Towards the end of the book he’s off page a lot.Lots to like. I’m looking forward to the last couple of books in this series, though I’m not going to rush to get to them. I’ll savour the anticipation of reading them just a bit longer.4 from 5Read in January 2017Published - 2013Page count - 350Source - owned copy bought secondhand a year or two agoFormat - hardback

  • By Graham of Watton on 21 May 2017

    'Dead Lions' is the second instalment of Mick Herron's highly entertaining spy series starring the obnoxious, but brilliant, Jackson Lamb. The first book in the series introduced us to the 'slow horses' - MI5 agents who had been banished to Slough House to carry out administrative work well below their abilities, as a punishment for having previously made serious mistakes in their work. However, although they are an unlikely bunch, they are all in their own ways very capable agents.Although the plot of 'Dead Lions' is even more unlikely that that of 'Slow Horses', it is no less enjoyable for that, and we get to know much better the key characters we were introduced to in the first book in the series. I suspect Mr Herron's style may not be to everyone's liking, but for me, this is a very enjoyable read - the dialogue is sharp and the pace never slackens. I will definitely be buying the next book in the series.

  • By Hypocacculus on 10 August 2017

    The second outing for Jackson Lamb and his reluctant crew of MI5 'slow horses'. Two new faces have been relegated to Slough House and a blast from the Cold War past penetrates the noxious fug of Jackson Lamb's office, prompting him to start unravelling the thread leading from the corpse of a has been MI5 agent found on a bus.If you've read any le Carré, you'll be familiar with Moscow rules, defecting agents and games of double bluff, and Herron has a blast playing with the conventions of the genre. It's downbeat, sardonic, intricate and very funny.Best read after the first book, 'Slow Horses'.

  • By Chris Hilton on 31 March 2016

    This was OK, I enjoyed it but don't think I'll read any more. A little too complicated and unlikely, and difficult to follow at times. I enjoyed it in parts, but didn't the main characters, all supposed failures, turn out rather good at their jobs in the end? And I couldn't quite believe that anybody could think up such a brain twisting scheme, let alone figure it out twenty five years later - by the rejects! All a bit too far-fetched.

  • By Guest on 26 April 2017

    I’d previously read Slow Horses, which I wasn’t totally sure about to begin with, but it grew on me as the characters and story developed, and I obviously liked it enough to give Dead Lions a shot.Most of the characters from Slow Horses reappear in Dead Lions so I found could pretty much hit the ground running and not have to struggle with who, where and what.The first two thirds of the book open up slowly with various little incidents and snippets of information being revealed gradually. This all draws you nicely into the plot creating good suspense and intrigue. I confess that I didn’t find the last third so much to my taste though. You get a lot more action stuff going on and in my view, the story starts to get a bit “Hollywood”.I like the down-at-heel atmosphere of Slough House and its occupants. I’m not sure if the acerbic dialogue is a bit overboard – it’s like everyone is a cynical, sardonic wit all the time. Still, overall it’s a good read and on the whole I enjoyed it but it's just not in the same class as Le Carre when he's at his best (Tinker Tailor, Honourable Schoolboy, etc)

  • By artandsole on 19 December 2016

    I read Slow Horses after listening to 'A Good Read' on Radio 4, and thought it was fabulous having never read or even heard of Mick Herron before. Dead Lions is even better.


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