*Picked as a ‘best thriller of all time’ by The Times* *Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar-award winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb* ‘The best thriller writer in Britain today’ Daily Express ‘As a master of wit, satire, insight… Herron is difficult to overpraise’ Daily Telegraph ‘The greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language’ The Times SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER AND THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks. She’s worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back. What she doesn’t know is why anyone would target her: a recovering drunk pushing paper with the other lost causes in Jackson Lamb’s kingdom of exiles at Slough House. Whoever it is holding her hostage, it can’t be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it is about Jackson Lamb. And say what you like about Lamb, he’ll never leave a joe in the lurch. He might even be someone you could trust with your life . . .