London Rules

London Rules

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Ian Fleming. John le Carré. Len Deighton. Mick Herron. The brilliant plotting of Herron’s twice CWA Dagger Award-winning Slough House series of spy novels is matched only by his storytelling gift and an ear for viciously funny political satire.

“Mick Herron is the John le Carré of our generation.” —Val McDermid

At MI5 headquarters Regent’s Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM’s favorite Muslim, who’s about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he’s hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble. Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks.
 
Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength—that of making a bad situation much, much worse.
 
It’s a good thing Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren’t going to break themselves.

Baker & Taylor
"London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one: Cover your arse. At MI5 headquarters Regent's Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack fromall directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM's favorite Muslim, who's about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he's hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble. Meanwhile, the country's being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks. Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But collectively, they're about to rediscover their greatest strength - that of making a bad situation much, much worse"--

Baker
& Taylor

As the country is rocked by a string of terror attacks, MI5 First Desk Whelan navigates political rivals, negative press, and hostile adversaries, while over at Slough House, the outcast spies take action when someone tries to kill their colleague.
Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, MI5 First Desk Claude Whelan navigates political rivals, tabloid speculation, hostile adversaries and the personal problems of his fellow agents while countering a seemingly random string of terror attacks.

Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616959616
Branch Call Number: FIC HER
Characteristics: 326 pages ;,22 cm

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 19, 2019

Mick Herron hits another one out of the ball park with the latest Slow Horses entry! One of our intrepid losers, Rodrick Ho, finds himself in hot water (yes, again LOL) and it's up to the rest of the team to keep him alive. Will they bother? Because who amongst us has not wished for that very same thing after spending a little time with him?!? Has Jackson Lamb finally been bested? What will become of Molly, his contact inside Regent's Park? If you enjoy spy thrillers with humor (laugh-out-loud and dark), you should be reading this series!!!

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leewardside
Nov 08, 2018

Apophthegm? Really? "But sometimes uppity's the only word that fits." Mick, finding he has hit upon a winner, is sticking to it. Reading this and Craig Brown's Ma'am Darling at the same time, I find this thriller overshadowed by a biography of a pathetic royal. Sad. But, by god, Herron's humour jumps out and hits your over the head "like a bedpan" over and over again.

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NedSu
Jun 14, 2018

This is the most enjoyable spy series since my early days of reading Len Deighton. This book, is such a delight to read, with laugh out loud comments from so many of the characters, all the while working through the devious plot of terrorism and those that fight against them. The British Secret Service and the Government as a whole are seen through cynical eyes. Herron's characters may be damaged goods as spies and as humans, but they are both damn funny and fortunate at the same time. Highly recommend that you start with the first book in the series- it makes this latest one even more enjoyable.

I look forward to the next one in the series, whenever it may be published.

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emerge
Mar 11, 2018

I read a lot of crime drama/police procedurals & I think this has become my favourite series. In this outing, the Slow Horses must band together to find out who is trying to kill colleague Roddy Ho. It's an interesting dilemma as at one point or another, they've all wanted to kill him themselves.
As usual, Herron runs multiple plot lines & inserts some well aimed & hilarious shots at the UK government. The combination of smart, twisty suspense & black humour makes this my favourite read of the year so far. Recommend reading these books in order.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 19, 2019

pg 56 Devon like herself, was former Job: real police, which meant he knew when to follow orders, when not to bother and where the nearest pub was.

pg 88 Zafar reached out and they shared a handclasp. It was true, he thought: it genuinely didn't matter to Tyson what Zafar asked him to do: he was happy to do it. And the thought made him sad and glad at the same time.....

pg 118 One of the unforeseen consequences of brexit, reflected Whelan, was that it had elevated to positions of undue prominence any number of nasty toerags. Ah well. The people had spoken.

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