From the Penguin Random House page for Bad Actors –
Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), dives deep into the world of modern politics, where it’s often the bad actors come out on top, with his usual thrilling wit and unnervingly prescient eye.https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/688506/bad-actors-by-mick-herron/
“Confirms Mick Herron as the best spy novelist now working.”
—NPR’s Fresh Air
A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan—one-time head of MI5’s Regent’s Park—is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What’s her counterpart, Moscow’s First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he’s telling?
Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal, and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation . . .
There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.
Wow, very tantalizing. A new slow horse – Ashley Khan. Claude Whelan is back. There may be actual actors, not only nefarious ones. And no word on the cliffhanger from Slough House that everyone is wondering about.
We haven’t seen either the US or UK covers released yet, but keep checking back. As soon as they are released I will have an update here. Bad Actors has a listed release date of May 12, 2022 in the UK and May 10, 2022 in the US.
Dolphin Junction, Herron’s collection of short stories releasing in October will have to hold us over until then.
Special thanks to reader David Derbes who alerted me to the fact that a description was available.