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London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there—even if it means having to collaborate with one another.

Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War–era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The narrative picks up real steam and becomes genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “If you like your suspense novels told with a smart dash of wit and sarcasm, filled with lots of twists and turns, Herron’s your man.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “[Dead Lions] features some of the twistiest plotlines in crime fiction…[and] is beautifully written but also elegantly structured…Ever since finishing Slow Horses, I’ve been waiting for a possible sequel. Now that it’s here, I have the pleasure of experiencing it, along with the pang of having finished it.”

    International Noir Fiction

  • “Herron provides a dour, twisty spy thriller with something for everyone: part post–Cold War miasma, part James Bond heroics, and elliptical withal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2013 CWA Gold Dagger
  • A 2014 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • A 2014 Macavity Award Nominee
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