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The Drop: A Slough House Novella

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Espionage & spy thriller

A Slough House novella from the 'John le Carre of our generation'

'It is time Mick Herron was recognised in his own right as the best thriller writer in Britain today' Sunday Express

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone cafe, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair's breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality.

A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.

It's also what happens just before you hit the ground.

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Praise for The Drop: A Slough House Novella

  • Adroit miniaturisation of its author's world, this festive fan treat has a claim to be the first post-Brexit thriller - Sunday Times

  • A real nugget of spy fiction - Shots

  • A worthy follow up to Herron's previous novella The List. Herron seems to take great delight in putting his creations through the ringer for our reading pleasure - Spywrite

  • Brevity is the soul of wit, and Mick Herron's The Drop is brief and witty . . . the qualities that have won him so many awards are fully in place . . . Herron's inventiveness leaps from every page - Guardian

  • Darkly funny, beautifully written - Irish Independent

  • Beautifully modulated prose and outrageous jokes - Daily Telegraph

  • The Drop becomes part of the growing library of the Slough House series chronicling the wonderful team of spy incompetents - The Times, Crime Books of the Year

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