London Rules

London Rules

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"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 from all 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, Soho Press, Inc., [2018]
ISBN: 9781616959616
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HERRON 2018
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

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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