SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AND IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER The UKs new spy master Sunday Times London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regents Parks First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, hes 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 showboats wife, a tabloid columnist, whos crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, whos alert for Claudes every stumble. Meanwhile, the countrys being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someones trying to kill Roddy Ho. Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively, theyre about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse. Its a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things arent going to break themselves. ****** Praise for Mick Herron The new spy master Evening Standard Herron is spy fictions great humorist, mixing absurd situations with sparklingly funny dialogue and elegant, witty prose The Times Herron draws his readers so fully into the world of Slough House that the incautious might find themselves slipping between the pages and transformed from reader to spook Irish Times