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The Drop & The List

Mick Herron

5 Reviews

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Espionage & spy thriller

Two SLOUGH HOUSE novellas from the 'John le Carre of our generation'

Two SLOUGH HOUSE Novellas

**THE DROP**

'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.


**THE LIST**

'Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven't read him yet, you NEED to' Mark Billingham

Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account - and there's only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career's worth of spy secrets.

**previously published as two separate editions**

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Praise for The Drop & The List

  • The new king of the spy thriller - Mail on Sunday

  • The new spy master - Evening Standard

  • It's all sheer fun. Herron is spy fiction's great humorist, mixing absurd situations with sparklingly funny dialogue and elegant, witty prose - The Times

  • Mick Herron is the John le Carre of our generation - Val McDermid

  • Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven't read him yet, you NEED to - Mark Billingham

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Mick Herron

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.

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