Dead Lions

Dead Lions

Book - 2013
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London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their washed-up careers. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle--not unusual in this line of work. But they have one thing in common: they all want to be back in the action. And they'll do anything to get there--even if it means cooperating with one another. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House's head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb, is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into the circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried? - from cover p. [2]
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2013
Description: 347 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781616952259
Branch Call Number: Herr


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Mar 24, 2021

If you cross the Dickens of Bleak House (surreal urban nightmares) with the Martin Amis of London Fields (bristling social satire), you might have a close approximation of what Herron has done here. Joe Country was a more interesting read.

Aug 05, 2018

Good summer reading.

Dec 29, 2017

I'm coming late to this series, but have read the first two so far. I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Lions. It is a lighter version of LeCarre, with more humor, but still maintaining the devilish plot of the best British spy novels. In my limited exposure to this genre I place Mick Herron right up there with LeCarre and Len Deighton. I look forward to the next two books in the series.

Feb 14, 2015

Loved this book. My fav. of 2015 so far. Very clever, very funny dialogue and British satire at its best, with realistic characters and an excellent plot that really picks up at the end. Reminiscent of Le Carre.

Nov 19, 2013

Not the easiest of reading for Americans, but if you've a British slang dictionary on-line, it's both funny and clever. Just be reminded that spying is the mirror game.

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