In the publicity around the release of Bad Actors, Mick Herron revealed he is working on a non-Slough House novel before starting on his next visit with the slow horses. This means that fans will likely face a more extended break before the ninth book comes along. However Soho Press is bridging the gap with a collection of all Herron’s novellas.
Called Standing by the Wall, this paperback release should have his novellas The List, The Drop, The Last Dead Letter and The Catch. In addition, it will have a new Christmas themed story from which the book gets it’s title.
The book releases in the US on November 1st. No word on a UK release yet. Find it on Amazon here.
The release is likely timed to the November release of season two of SLOW HORSES. More on that here.
Full description here –
At last in one volume: the collected Slough House spy novellas, including the never-before-published Christmas interlude Standing by the Wall.
Espionage. Blackmail. Revenge. Cunning. Slapstick. State secrets dating back to the fall of the Berlin Wall. All this and more in a tight package of five novellas by Mick Herron, CWA Gold Dagger–winning author of Slow Horses.
From the troubled recruitment of a new MI5 informant to a botched information transfer, Herron’s stories captures the drama, the humor, and the high stakes of everyday life in the world of spycraft, a world rife with both legends and secrets, where thrill-seeking and loneliness are ubiquitous and deadly, and where the lines between friends, enemies, and lovers are perpetually blurred by circumstance and subterfuge.
For fans new and old, Standing by the Wall is an excellent introduction to the extended literary universe of Mick Herron’s Slow Horses.
Special thanks to David for the tip off on this!