Sept 27th: Mick Herron Talks to Dominick Donald about his comic spy novels & writing

The creator of the comic Jackson Lamb spy thrillers talks to Crime writer Dominick Donald about his hit books, including his new release ‘Joe Country’.

‘We’re spies,’ said Lamb. ‘All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.’Like the ringing of a dead man’s phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral . .

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they’re heading into joe country. And they’re not all coming home.

“Lamb – the most fascinating and irresistible thriller series hero to emerge since Jack Reacher – battles two sets of enemies … Given to boozing, smoking, farting and caustic, politically incorrect wisecracking, he is a 21st century Falstaff; but also the fat knight’s antithesis, a ruthless pragmatist, and master of office power games. In London Rules he plays a blinder, and Herron does too” – Sunday Times

“Herron is a funny writer but also a serious plotter … Where Herron’s novels most overlap with those of le Carré is in the severity of their critique of the failures of management in post-imperial, pre-Brexit Britain” – Guardian

“Herron’s comic brilliance should not overshadow the fact that his books are frequently thrilling, often thought-provoking, and sometimes moving and even inspiring” – Sunday Express

Mick Herron is an award-winning crime writer. In 2003, he published his first novel, Down Cemetery Road. It was the first volume in a series about Zoë Boehm, an Oxford private detective. In 2010, with Slow Horses, he began a spy series, entitled Slough House, featuring MI5 agents who have been exiled from the mainstream for various offenses. He also writes stand-alone novels and short stories.

Dominick Donald is the author of ‘Breathe’, The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year. ‘Donald combines historical events and fictional characters to superb effect, in a novel that deserves to win prizes’ The Sunday Times’

It will be published in paperback on August the 8th.

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