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Dead Lions (Slough House) by [Herron, Mick]
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Dead Lions was the winner of the Gold Dagger Award at the CWA ceremony (24 October) The judges commented that novel is a "Well written, wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel." --CWA ceremony

'I am looking foward to... [the CWA] Gold winner, Mick Herron's Dead Lions.' --Sarah Broadhurt in The Bookseller

'A deserving winner of this year s prestigious CWA Gold Dagger and a book we awarded five stars, Dead Lions is a thriller with a comic touch.' --Crime Fiction Lover

'This clever and funny send-up of the spy thriller won this year's CWA Gold Dagger for the best work of crime fiction... Some good plots lurk behind the satire, not least the search for a Russian super-spy who may or may not exist.' --Best crime fiction of the year in The Times

'This clever and funny send-up of the spy thriller won this year's CWA Gold Dagger for the best work of crime fiction... Some good plots lurk behind the satire, not least the search for a Russian super-spy who may or may not exist.' --Best crime fiction of the year in The Times

"A novel of booze-soaked, washed-up MI5 spies getting back into the action. Almost a spoof Le Carré, really the most enormous fun." --The Bookseller

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Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3590 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ADFIKQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mick Herron is a new author for me, but a very happy discovery. His "Dead Lions" espionage thriller brags a serpentine plot, great characters and a lot of wit. It may be lazy to make comparisons, but it seemed like the book was channelling both John Le Carre and Reginald Hill--hard to do better than that.

"Dead Lions" is set in contemporary Britain, but the story has its feet deeply set in the Cold War era. There's plenty of action, most of it unexplained until the last chapter of the book. Meanwhile, the story dissects the ins and outs, rivalries and bureaucratic in-fighting of the British secret service (MI5 at least). The real heroes of this thriller are the band of problem kids at Slough House--the low rent office space where those who have screwed up or have otherwise lost favor at the main MI5 office (The Park) have been shelved indefinitely. When the dust clears at the conclusion, it is this group of odd ducks who unscramble the very twisted plotting that threatens 9/11 chaos in London.

This is an intelligent and often funny book that should make author Herron a hot property in the future. I will definitely be watching for his next book.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
Mick Herron is a superb mystery/ spy/ writer. His novels take us to the secret alleys of MI-5. I just finished his latest book, 'No One Walks Away', and was so impressed with his writing and the stories he tells.

' Dead Lions ' in the title is a reference to a child's game. In this game the children lie down as still as they can and pretend to be dead. The one child left attempts to get them to move or make a noise, until they suddenly come to life. This is also a reference to a certain group of spies who settle, become quiet for a period of time, and then awaken suddenly for a certain project. This story revolves around the a Dead Lion.

Slough House is a place for wayward MI-5 agents. Those who did somebody wrong, make a bad, bad mistake, had an affair that did not go down well, became an alcoholic, which was a fear they could let secrets out, because really many MI-5 agents drink and smoke a lot. That is a trade mark of sorts. The people sent to Slough House are intelligent and wise, they made a blunder ,but not the kind that could get them fired. They were sent to Slough House to do repetitive work., in hopes they would become so bored, they would quit. Not the present group, they were all looking for the big case, and Jackson Lamb who was the leader of Slough House, had come across a case that needed to be solved quickly. This is a storyline that moves slowly at times and then revs up. I do believe that his present book is one of the best I have read, but this is a wonderful beginning. Getting to know the people who populate the MI-5, is necessary to understand the workings of this agency. Like our CIA, politics runs the day, but if I had a choice, I would go for the MI-5.
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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2014
Format: Paperback
The characters of ‘Dead Lions’ are mainly MI5 officers who have been demoted and sent away from Regent’s Park to Slough House on account of a variety of screw-ups during their careers. They are set boring, repetitive and often humiliating tasks in order to get them to resign, and their situations are made even more demeaning by their superior, Jackson Lamb, who in addition to resorting to deprecating comments also relies on degrading flatulence! The dialogue and repartee between Jackson and his team, and between members of the team, is satirical, scintillating and full of witticisms, and it lampoons conventional wisdom on the intelligence service and security forces.

The story starts with the death of a drop-out MI5 officer where foul play is not officially recognised but Jackson is suspicious, and as well as pursuing his own leads he organises the disgraced officers, known disparagingly as ‘slow horses’, to investigate. Narrative describes how the various individuals and couples of demoted spooks probe, explore and follow up leads - all with a hope their past errors will be overlooked and they will return to Regent’s Park.

The timing of ‘Dead Lions’ is recent but it harks back to the period of the Cold War and a Russian spy who may be real, or he may have been created as a red herring or a ‘sleeper’. Whatever the case - Jackson is onto it! From a spy thriller perspective ‘Dead Lions’ is pretty low key as its main characters are somewhat limited in comparison to more orthodox or classic spy situations - they travel by bike and the tube and they are usually unarmed! However author Mick Herron writes well in straightforward language with reasoned explanations to produce a credible plot, and as he does so he cleverly spins a hilarious tale.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2015
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“Slow Horses” was excellent, and this follow up is equally good. In Slow Horses we were presented with a bunch of misfit MI5 officers who have made errors and so are parked away from the main office in a run-down satellite building, and left to rot in the hope they will get bored and leave.
But when an elderly ex-spy is killed the head of the Horses can’t help getting involved and eventually the rest of the team start digging in their own ways. These are people who do not play well with others and their interplay and dialogue is a delight.
This story has its roots in the cold war and plans that may have been in place for a very long time, although there is a parallel story with a rich Russian being courted by MI5.
It’s fantastic stuff, great characters, zippy dialogue and a clever plot worthy of an old school master. But this author has a unique style and that is what makes this such a joy as he blends story, wit and characterisation into something quite special.
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