Mick Herron’s failures are his success

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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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