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Mick Herron’s failures are his success


Mick Herron’s failures are his success

Jackson Lamb and his slow horses are back in the author’s latest spy thriller, ‘Slough House’

Michele Magwood

There are few writers whose books I await as impatiently as Mick Herron.

He was something of a cult writer at first, slowly building up a following for his unconventional spy thrillers, but now, after a decade or so, he is sailing steadily in the mainstream.

I haven’t read much of spy grandmasters John le Carré and Ian Fleming, finding the conventions of drops, blinds, double-blinds, moles, honey traps and so on annoying. Give me a tense, twisty psychological thriller any day. I prefer unreliable narrators to unreliable agents...

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