Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account—and there’s only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career’s worth of spy secrets.
About the Author
Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series (Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, and the novella The List) and four Oxford mysteries (Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, and Smoke and Whispers), as well as the standalone novels Reconstruction, Nobody Walksand This Is What Happened. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time.
Praise for Mick Herron
“Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Delightful . . . with a dry humor reminiscent of Greene and Waugh.” —The Sunday Times, Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 5 Years
“[A] wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel.” ─Crime Writers' Association
“Masterful . . . Superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison.” ─Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Herron’s remarkable novel has enough suspense, action, and deductive dazzlement to keep genre fans happy. But be warned: these are deep waters, and this is not nodding-off, night-table reading." ─Booklist, Starred Review