Joe Country by Mick Herron – First Impressions Review

In the history of spy novels, Mick Herron’s Slough House is becoming as memorable a location as le Carré’s spy headquarters the Circus. Compared to London Rules, which took off like an out of control car, Joe Country is a more sedate affair. In a narrative shift from previous books, the first pages reveal that not all of our slow horses will be returning to the stable, leaving a sense of impending doom hanging over all the characters.

First lines – Mick Herron

I highlighted the first lines from Eric Ambler and John le Carré novels awhile back and I thought it would be interesting to do something similar for Mick Herron. Will we see any changes or discover heretofore undiscovered trends? Hard as it was, I tried to stick with just the first sentence, although I couldn’t …

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Reconstruction – Mick Herron

In anticipation of Mick Herron’s US release of London Rules, the fifth book in his Slough House series, I did a re-read of his Slough House related work. Reconstruction came out in 2008 and is in many ways the proto-Slough House novel. Read more I've written on Herron and other Slough House books here. For as …

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All the livelong day and other stories – Mick Herron

A complete list of all of my Mick Herron related writing is here. And that was her own true self talking, or the person she liked to believe was her own true self; the decent liberal who'd be the first to flare up when ignorant bigotry was aired. Although it was also true that the …

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Spy Write – Highlights of 2018

Looking back at Spy Write in 2018 I had a lot of fun trying to keep up with posting something once a week. This post will look back at some of the high points. Author interviews It was a good year for talking with authors. I traded questions with Toby Manning on his look at …

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Best of 2018 – Part One

As is becoming a bit of a tradition, I'm rounding out the year with a couple of posts looking at some of my favorite things from the year. Some are spy related, some are not but all were memorable experiences. I'll be breaking this up over two posts with the first focusing on some things …

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The Drop by Mick Herron

In anticipation of Mick Herron’s US release of London Rules, the fifth book in his Slough House series, I did a re-read of his Slough House related work. Herron's short story/novella The Drop was released a few months after London Rules in the fall of 2018. Read more I've written on Herron and other Slough House …

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