'The most enjoyable spy novel in years' Mail on Sunday
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award
'The finest new crime series this millennium' Mail on Sunday
You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game.
Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper.
But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'.
A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.
And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch . . .
Herron may be the most literate, and slyest, thriller writer in English today - Publishers Weekly
Stylish and engaging - Washington Post
A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story - Guardian
The most enjoyable spy novel in years - Mail on Sunday
A useful corrective in the era of television's superheroic Spooks, Herron's superb novels suggest that the most important secret spies are hiding is, that they are just like us - Daily Telegraph
I was delighted to discover that this is merely the first in a captivating series about Slough House, where the intelligence services' misfits and screw-ups become the useful tools of Herron's quite magnificent creation, Jackson Lamb. This is an old-school espionage thriller where foreign powers might be a danger, but the true enemies are sitting at another desk - Herald
I was delighted to discover Mick Herron's riotous Slow Horses series about the black sheep of MI5 - Big Issue
The first of his series about MI5 and a character called Jackson Lamb, one of the great monsters of modern fiction. He's a wonderfully cynical writer and there's a lot of dark humour in it. I'm not clever enough to write this sort of thing - Daily Express
Mick Herron's first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years' by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and both the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The fourth, Spook Street, was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger and won the Steel Dagger. London Rules is the fifth.
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford.