Dead Lions

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Dead Lions ➬ [Ebook] ➧ Dead Lions By Mick Herron ➸ – Polishdarling.co.uk Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award A BBC Front Row best crime novel of the year A Times crime and thriller book of the year London s Slough House is where washed up MI spies go to while away what s l Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award A BBC Front Row best crime novel of the year A Times crime and thriller book of the year London s Slough House is where washed up MI spies go to while away what s left of their failed careers But 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 As the agents dig into their fallen comrade s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient secrets that seems to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, and a decades old conspiracy with a brand new target London s newest, tallest skyscraper.

    Kindle Edition Å Dead Lions eBook ï bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts As the agents dig into their fallen comrade s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient secrets that seems to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, and a decades old conspiracy with a brand new target London s newest, tallest skyscraper."/>
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  • 336 pages
  • Dead Lions
  • Mick Herron
  • English
  • 24 September 2019

About the Author: Mick Herron

Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford He is the author of six books in the Slough House series as well as a mystery series set in Oxford featuring Sarah Tucker and or PI Zo Boehm He now lives in Oxford and works in London.



10 thoughts on “Dead Lions

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is a superior, intelligent and a darkly comic novel located in the world of spooks and espionage Slough House is the destination for failed spies known as slow horses , a play on Slough House All want to return to the real action and are even prepared to work with one another in an effort to realise that dream They are to have their chance when Dickie Bow, an old has been cold war spy, is discovered dead on a Oxford bus The difficult and hard to like Jackson Lamb is certain that Dickie This is a superior, intelligent and a darkly comic novel located in the world of spooks and espionage Slough House is the destination for failed spies known as slow horses , a play on Slough House All want to return to the real action and are even prepared to work with one another in an effort to realise that dream They are to have their chance when Dickie Bow, an old has been cold war spy, is discovered dead on a Oxford bus The difficult and hard to like Jackson Lamb is certain that Dickie was murdered The politically ambitious Spider Webb annexes two of Lamb s spies to protect and meet the demands of a Russian oligarch, from whom Webb expects to profit personally and politically This is a tale of a mythic and legendary spy, sleeper cells, the Russian Mob, and the past coming to infiltrate the present.It is a convoluted trail that Lamb s spies follow River Cartwright, whose grandfather was a senior spy, finds himself in the unremarkable village of Upshott with a defunct military base and a number of influential inhabitants The murder of one of their own has the team determined to get justice of one kind or another Nothing is as it seems, and Roddy Ho is key to uncovering a number of discrepancies and sleights of hand There are bombs, explosions, and a deadly search for vengeance amidst the Stop the City protests in London The two separate storylines turn out to be connected With betrayal, political infighting and manoeuvring, our spies fight for their lives and reputations.This is an impressively plotted and beautifully written book packed with twist after twist It is a superb trope on the smoke and mirrors world of espionage The author has constructed a wonderful cast of characters that include River Cartwright s grandfather I love the dry wit and humour in the story This is a terrific and entertaining novel, after all, it won the 2013 CWA gold dagger Brilliant read which I highly recommend Thanks to John Murray Press for an ARC

  2. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    4.5You want to know what Lamb wanted, right Just a clue He d kill me And he could do it, too He s killed people before That s what he wants you to think,River saidYou re saying he hasn t I m saying he s not allowed to kill staff Health and safety. And yes, he could Lamb could He runs the slow horses, the has been or the might have been spies who ve been relegated to spook limbo in Slough House where the heavies in MI5 and Regent Park hope they ll get bored and resign.Lamb 4.5You want to know what Lamb wanted, right Just a clue He d kill me And he could do it, too He s killed people before That s what he wants you to think,River saidYou re saying he hasn t I m saying he s not allowed to kill staff Health and safety. And yes, he could Lamb could He runs the slow horses, the has been or the might have been spies who ve been relegated to spook limbo in Slough House where the heavies in MI5 and Regent Park hope they ll get bored and resign.Lamb is a deliciously disgusting character, as is his office, where The air is heavy with a dog s olfactory daydream takeaway food, illicit cigarettes, day old farts and stale beer He s nearly always grubby and greasy and stuffing himself with bacon sandwiches after which he farts noisily and lights yet another cigarette I kept expecting him to cause a small explosion or be hoist by his own petard, literallyMy dad once told me that the origin of the word petard was break wind in old French, so I looked it up, and it s true Goes back to Latin, but I digress Still, to be hoist by one s own petard paints an amusing picture, eh But he s also learned a lot and forgotten nothing, which make it impossible to get the better of him Doesn t know the meaning of politically correct Dreadful boss Catherine Standish and River Cartwright approach him in his office, seeking informationWe don t like being out of the loop You re always out of the loop.The loop s miles away Nearest you ll get to being in the loop is when they make a documentary about it and show it on the History Channel I thought you were aware of that Lamb plucked a stained mug from the litter on his desk, and threw it at Catherine River caught it before it reached her head Lamb said,Well, I m glad we ve had this chat Now f off Cartwright, give that to Standish Standish, fill it with teaCatherine Standish had been a fairly important person as assistant to and eventually carer for a very influential, but later disgraced, senior official, now deceased, hence her demotion River Cartwright bombed out on a training exercise when he was undermined by James Spider Webb, who sabotaged it The details are in the last book, but this is not a spoiler, if you haven t read it yet River is still employed, not by the grace of God but by the grace of Grandad Cartwright, a renowned and retired old spook whom nobody still dares cross He knows where too many skeletons are buried, figuratively and literally once a spook you were always a spook, and everything else was just cover So the friendly old man trowelling his flowerbeds with a silly hat on remained the strategist who d helped plot the Service s course through the Cold War, and River had grown up learning the details.This case harks back to the Cold War, and River chats to Granddad about it, but finds him pretty circumspect He will drop the occasional crumb of information about dealings with the Russians, but as for possible ongoing threats, or reasons for them, he speaks only about an imaginary villain, a scarecrow whom the Russians invented to get the British to follow.But when former spy Dickie Bow is found dead on a bus, a few people take notice He may have been a washed up operative, but he had been one of the family, so to speak, in the old days, and Lamb decides to investigate Not because he cares, mind you There was no brotherhood code If Dickie Bow had succumbed to a mattress fire, Lamb would have got through the five stages without batting an eye denial, anger, bargaining, indifference, breakfast Bacon sandwiches, no doubt His investigation does unearth a phone It was an ancient thing, a Nokia, black and grey, with about as many functions as a bottle opener You could notake a photo with it than send an e mail with a stapler It seems, the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming Oh To do a trade deal Sounds kind of boring, and isuntil suddenly, it isn t Spider Webb is set to make a name for himself, River gets sent to the countryside, tracking down a lead, and Min Harper and Lousa Guy are assigned to look after the Russians.Many characters return, and new characters are added This may be funny and entertaining, but the job is deadly and people do die Sadly I was starting to enjoy someone who won t be back, but no hints.The action does get pretty heavy well, I said somebody didn t make it , so it s not all fun and games All in all, another absolute delight I didn t guess the plot or the connections, and I certainly didn t guess the ultimate ending There are hints along the way, so there s no sudden surprise revelation, just a peeling back of information which I find very satisfying.I should add that it s well written and the descriptions of place and atmosphere are as good as those of the characters A church spire in a country town reached a skyline it had kissed for hundreds of years.Incidentally, I think this would read fine as a stand alone Enough background is given here and there to appreciate the characters histories Thanks again to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for the preview copy from which I ve quoted On to 3 in the series

  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    This is proving to be a very addictive series Fortunately I have all of them sitting on my Kindle so I will be able to feed my addiction As in the first book we watch our group of MI5 misfits bumble and stumble their way through situations they do not understand and which are usually not what they seem In this book several of the Slow Horses are involved in really serious situations and one dies This author is not afraid of leaving corpses behind, including those of the good guys What is it This is proving to be a very addictive series Fortunately I have all of them sitting on my Kindle so I will be able to feed my addiction As in the first book we watch our group of MI5 misfits bumble and stumble their way through situations they do not understand and which are usually not what they seem In this book several of the Slow Horses are involved in really serious situations and one dies This author is not afraid of leaving corpses behind, including those of the good guys What is it that is so appealing about these books I think it is mostly down to the characters who are all appealing in their own varied ways The dialogue is smart, a bit dark, and frequently funny And Jackson Lamb is perfectly cast Overweight, drinks and smokes too much, doesn t care what he says to anybody, frequently extremely rude and yet he is always at least one step ahead of anybody else in what is going on I would recommend this series to anyone who likes their spy stories with a touch of irreverence and humour

  4. Brenda Brenda says:

    Dead Lions is the second in the Slough House series, which is based on disgraced MI5 agents called slow horses Most of the slow horses from the first book are here, along with the addition of two new ones It seems there is a good supply of them.As in the first book, these spies just can t help themselves They sneak around, spy on each other, listen through closed doors, and do anything other than the boring work assigned to them They absolutely distrust the higher ups in MI5, but would love Dead Lions is the second in the Slough House series, which is based on disgraced MI5 agents called slow horses Most of the slow horses from the first book are here, along with the addition of two new ones It seems there is a good supply of them.As in the first book, these spies just can t help themselves They sneak around, spy on each other, listen through closed doors, and do anything other than the boring work assigned to them They absolutely distrust the higher ups in MI5, but would love to be back there The boss is Jackson Lamb, and he recognizes a name from the past who has recently been found dead on a bus Thus starts their illicit investigation.I enjoyed this book just as much as the first I like the characters a lot I like the humorous, snarky, sarcastic dialog I like how the author presents several fronts where characters are handling certain tasks and how those fronts all come together to reveal the nefarious plans of their opponents.I plan to read The List, a 2.5 novella shortly And I m looking forward to reading the remainder of the series

  5. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This was an excellent sequel to the brilliant Slow Horses Jackson Lamb and his team of misfits, exiled by MI5 to the backwaters of Slough House, are back at their desks churning through paperwork when an ex cold war spy is killed on a bus Jackson Lamb believes his death may be linked to an old Russian spy network that may or may not have existed and the slow horses suddenly find themselves involved in an operation River Cartwright is dispatched to a sleepy village to hunt for Russian spies This was an excellent sequel to the brilliant Slow Horses Jackson Lamb and his team of misfits, exiled by MI5 to the backwaters of Slough House, are back at their desks churning through paperwork when an ex cold war spy is killed on a bus Jackson Lamb believes his death may be linked to an old Russian spy network that may or may not have existed and the slow horses suddenly find themselves involved in an operation River Cartwright is dispatched to a sleepy village to hunt for Russian spies while two of Lamb s team are seconded by Spider Webb to help him recruit a wealthy Russian businessman.This is a complex, multilayered plot that unfolds carefully to pull all the threads together into a thrilling conclusion with enough twists and underhand deals to keep you guessing The characters are the real strength of this series, particularly the shambolic smoking, drinking, farting, bacon sandwich eating Lamb who looks incompetent but whose brain is as sharp as ever and remembers everything River and the rest of the team are keen to work together to redeem themselves with MI5 in the hope that they ll be invited back to head office Throughout a dry wit and dark humour keeps the characters and their exploits grounded and makes this a very entertaining read With thanks to Netgalley and Hachette for a digital copy of this book.

  6. Brenda Brenda says:

    As Dickie Bow followed the hood, keeping him it in sight, it felt good to be back on the job even though no one else knew about it The problem with the trains meant the frustrated commuters queued to catch the replacement buses, so Dickie kept the hood in view and stepped onto the same bus, sitting two seats behind him.But when Dickie was found dead at the end of the route, Jackson Lamb head of Slough House, where the disgraced MI5 spies were put out to pasture was positive Dickie had bee As Dickie Bow followed the hood, keeping him it in sight, it felt good to be back on the job even though no one else knew about it The problem with the trains meant the frustrated commuters queued to catch the replacement buses, so Dickie kept the hood in view and stepped onto the same bus, sitting two seats behind him.But when Dickie was found dead at the end of the route, Jackson Lamb head of Slough House, where the disgraced MI5 spies were put out to pasture was positive Dickie had been murdered And he knew he needed to find the answers His misfit agents in their search for the truth found a dark web of Cold War secrets Danger was afoot people would die but Lamb wanted to know did Dickie die of natural causes, or was it murder Humerous and dark, Dead Lions by Mick Herron is the 2nd in the Slough House series and though there are many characters, the odious Jackson Lamb stands out Always one step ahead of the rest, with his often rude and snarky comments he runs Slough House with aplomb Twists and turns are littered with dry humour and sarcasm the plot is complex and entertaining Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review

  7. Susan Susan says:

    This is the second in the Slough House series, where the Slow Horses reside those M15 operatives who have made mistakes and have been shunted off to do administrative tasks Slough House is presided over by Jackson Lamb, who, although now he appears to be slovenly, unkempt and cruelly sarcastic, was once an undercover operative during the Cold War and, despite his appearances, is not only still quite capable of out manoeuvring those at the Park, but he is fiercely loyal to those he is respon This is the second in the Slough House series, where the Slow Horses reside those M15 operatives who have made mistakes and have been shunted off to do administrative tasks Slough House is presided over by Jackson Lamb, who, although now he appears to be slovenly, unkempt and cruelly sarcastic, was once an undercover operative during the Cold War and, despite his appearances, is not only still quite capable of out manoeuvring those at the Park, but he is fiercely loyal to those he is responsible for and anyone he considers to be one of his own.One such was Richard Bough, obviously known as Dickie Bow, who was an operative long ago Still, being a spook, even if you are pensioned off, leaves its mark and when Dickie spots a face he recognises from the past, he immediately begins shadowing him and, when Dickie is found dead, Lamb is not convinced his death was natural In a separate storyline, Min Harper and Louise Guy are seconded by River Cartwright s old enemy, Spider, to babysit a Russian oligarch, who is visiting London for, talks about talks All of the Slow Horses are desperate to go back into the field and some of them will get the chance in this book.Author Mick Herron has created a realistic spy setup, which is less James Bond andHarry Palmer There is always the threat of cuts and cost cutting, there is a lot of dark humour and there is real danger Characters in these novels, and in Slough House, change and that is because there is a very real possibility that they could get killed A desk is empty and becomes filled by someone else and you realise that these novels work so well because of their sense of realism and the wonderful menace of Lamb, when he shuffles out of his lair and prepares to do battle The two storylines in this novel are soon linked and there is an exciting and action packed finale, but the real joy of these books are in the characters

  8. Marianne Marianne says:

    Dead Lions is the second novel in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron Slough House is where the spook screw ups from MI5 who, for some reason or other, can t be sacked, are sent There they are set such tedious, mind numbing tasks it s hoped they will be fed up enough to quit Slough House doesn t have a big staff, currently just seven under the control of Jackson Lamb They had a bit of unexpected action a few months ago, so there are empty desks and a few new faces.Ordinari Dead Lions is the second novel in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron Slough House is where the spook screw ups from MI5 who, for some reason or other, can t be sacked, are sent There they are set such tedious, mind numbing tasks it s hoped they will be fed up enough to quit Slough House doesn t have a big staff, currently just seven under the control of Jackson Lamb They had a bit of unexpected action a few months ago, so there are empty desks and a few new faces.Ordinarily, there are no ops from Slough House the Slow Horses can t be trusted with anything that matters But the recent death, on a bus, of Cold War spy, Dickie Bow has Jackson Lamb looking closer, and soon his smartest young spy, River Cartwright is in place in a sleepy Cotswolds village trying to track down a Russian agent Meanwhile, two of Lamb s slow horses are seconded by River s nemesis at Regent s Park, James Spider Webb, for babysitting duty in Russian oil talks Is there a connection Once again, Herron gives the reader a fast paced spy novel of a very different sort The premise is original, and the execution is inspired The characters are all credibly flawed, their dialogue is full of dry wit, and there is plenty of humour, most of it very black and very British, with an abundance of laugh out loud moments There are twists and red herrings and the reader will find it hard not to cheer these misfits on as they do their best Readers will be pleased to learn there are two and a half further volumes of this series for their entertainment and enjoyment Another brilliant read

  9. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    Dead Lions, Molly said What about them It s a kids party game You have to pretend to be dead Lie still Do nothing4.5 it possibly would have been higher if I had read the first book, Slow Horses Possibly There are a couple of loose threads towards the end of the book that bothered me a bit.So I m rating on what I experienced, for me the start was very confusing, but this thriller went on to be fast paced, exciting very hard to put down It was also full of lines that madDead Lions, Molly said What about them It s a kids party game You have to pretend to be dead Lie still Do nothing4.5 it possibly would have been higher if I had read the first book, Slow Horses Possibly There are a couple of loose threads towards the end of the book that bothered me a bit.So I m rating on what I experienced, for me the start was very confusing, but this thriller went on to be fast paced, exciting very hard to put down It was also full of lines that made me giggle Lamb stood, gazed at the nearest tree as if in sudden awe of nature, lifted a heel from the ground and farted Sign of a good curry, he said, Sometimes they just bubble about inside you for ages I keep meaning to ask why you have never married, River said. River The cast of this book have great names nicknames like Dicky Bow Spider Webb Herron is a modern Dickens in this regard Based on this book, I think this series would film really well, hope that the Slow Horses mentioned on IMDB is the one from this series I almost never want to see books I enjoy filmed But I think the BBC could make a good series of this one

  10. Gary Gary says:

    This is the 2nd book in the Slough House series by author Mick Herron.I appear to be in the minority but I personally struggled to connect with this novel and found it hard work Thankfully for the author there are plenty of people who disagree with me but an honest review is what I promised.Slough House is where all failed MI5 spies go to carry out trivial chores because they have messed up on the job One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action When an This is the 2nd book in the Slough House series by author Mick Herron.I appear to be in the minority but I personally struggled to connect with this novel and found it hard work Thankfully for the author there are plenty of people who disagree with me but an honest review is what I promised.Slough House is where all failed MI5 spies go to carry out trivial chores because they have messed up on the job One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action When 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 The agents 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 I liked the idea of failed spies trying to resurrect their careers and there were some very promising characters in the book, but maybe a few too many to keep track of I am not put off easily and will try another one in the series and who knows I may be converted.I would like to thank Net Galley and John Murray Press for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

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10 thoughts on “Dead Lions

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is a superior, intelligent and a darkly comic novel located in the world of spooks and espionage Slough House is the destination for failed spies known as slow horses , a play on Slough House All want to return to the real action and are even prepared to work with one another in an effort to realise that dream They are to have their chance when Dickie Bow, an old has been cold war spy, is discovered dead on a Oxford bus The difficult and hard to like Jackson Lamb is certain that Dickie This is a superior, intelligent and a darkly comic novel located in the world of spooks and espionage Slough House is the destination for failed spies known as slow horses , a play on Slough House All want to return to the real action and are even prepared to work with one another in an effort to realise that dream They are to have their chance when Dickie Bow, an old has been cold war spy, is discovered dead on a Oxford bus The difficult and hard to like Jackson Lamb is certain that Dickie was murdered The politically ambitious Spider Webb annexes two of Lamb s spies to protect and meet the demands of a Russian oligarch, from whom Webb expects to profit personally and politically This is a tale of a mythic and legendary spy, sleeper cells, the Russian Mob, and the past coming to infiltrate the present.It is a convoluted trail that Lamb s spies follow River Cartwright, whose grandfather was a senior spy, finds himself in the unremarkable village of Upshott with a defunct military base and a number of influential inhabitants The murder of one of their own has the team determined to get justice of one kind or another Nothing is as it seems, and Roddy Ho is key to uncovering a number of discrepancies and sleights of hand There are bombs, explosions, and a deadly search for vengeance amidst the Stop the City protests in London The two separate storylines turn out to be connected With betrayal, political infighting and manoeuvring, our spies fight for their lives and reputations.This is an impressively plotted and beautifully written book packed with twist after twist It is a superb trope on the smoke and mirrors world of espionage The author has constructed a wonderful cast of characters that include River Cartwright s grandfather I love the dry wit and humour in the story This is a terrific and entertaining novel, after all, it won the 2013 CWA gold dagger Brilliant read which I highly recommend Thanks to John Murray Press for an ARC


  2. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    4.5You want to know what Lamb wanted, right Just a clue He d kill me And he could do it, too He s killed people before That s what he wants you to think,River saidYou re saying he hasn t I m saying he s not allowed to kill staff Health and safety. And yes, he could Lamb could He runs the slow horses, the has been or the might have been spies who ve been relegated to spook limbo in Slough House where the heavies in MI5 and Regent Park hope they ll get bored and resign.Lamb 4.5You want to know what Lamb wanted, right Just a clue He d kill me And he could do it, too He s killed people before That s what he wants you to think,River saidYou re saying he hasn t I m saying he s not allowed to kill staff Health and safety. And yes, he could Lamb could He runs the slow horses, the has been or the might have been spies who ve been relegated to spook limbo in Slough House where the heavies in MI5 and Regent Park hope they ll get bored and resign.Lamb is a deliciously disgusting character, as is his office, where The air is heavy with a dog s olfactory daydream takeaway food, illicit cigarettes, day old farts and stale beer He s nearly always grubby and greasy and stuffing himself with bacon sandwiches after which he farts noisily and lights yet another cigarette I kept expecting him to cause a small explosion or be hoist by his own petard, literallyMy dad once told me that the origin of the word petard was break wind in old French, so I looked it up, and it s true Goes back to Latin, but I digress Still, to be hoist by one s own petard paints an amusing picture, eh But he s also learned a lot and forgotten nothing, which make it impossible to get the better of him Doesn t know the meaning of politically correct Dreadful boss Catherine Standish and River Cartwright approach him in his office, seeking informationWe don t like being out of the loop You re always out of the loop.The loop s miles away Nearest you ll get to being in the loop is when they make a documentary about it and show it on the History Channel I thought you were aware of that Lamb plucked a stained mug from the litter on his desk, and threw it at Catherine River caught it before it reached her head Lamb said,Well, I m glad we ve had this chat Now f off Cartwright, give that to Standish Standish, fill it with teaCatherine Standish had been a fairly important person as assistant to and eventually carer for a very influential, but later disgraced, senior official, now deceased, hence her demotion River Cartwright bombed out on a training exercise when he was undermined by James Spider Webb, who sabotaged it The details are in the last book, but this is not a spoiler, if you haven t read it yet River is still employed, not by the grace of God but by the grace of Grandad Cartwright, a renowned and retired old spook whom nobody still dares cross He knows where too many skeletons are buried, figuratively and literally once a spook you were always a spook, and everything else was just cover So the friendly old man trowelling his flowerbeds with a silly hat on remained the strategist who d helped plot the Service s course through the Cold War, and River had grown up learning the details.This case harks back to the Cold War, and River chats to Granddad about it, but finds him pretty circumspect He will drop the occasional crumb of information about dealings with the Russians, but as for possible ongoing threats, or reasons for them, he speaks only about an imaginary villain, a scarecrow whom the Russians invented to get the British to follow.But when former spy Dickie Bow is found dead on a bus, a few people take notice He may have been a washed up operative, but he had been one of the family, so to speak, in the old days, and Lamb decides to investigate Not because he cares, mind you There was no brotherhood code If Dickie Bow had succumbed to a mattress fire, Lamb would have got through the five stages without batting an eye denial, anger, bargaining, indifference, breakfast Bacon sandwiches, no doubt His investigation does unearth a phone It was an ancient thing, a Nokia, black and grey, with about as many functions as a bottle opener You could notake a photo with it than send an e mail with a stapler It seems, the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming Oh To do a trade deal Sounds kind of boring, and isuntil suddenly, it isn t Spider Webb is set to make a name for himself, River gets sent to the countryside, tracking down a lead, and Min Harper and Lousa Guy are assigned to look after the Russians.Many characters return, and new characters are added This may be funny and entertaining, but the job is deadly and people do die Sadly I was starting to enjoy someone who won t be back, but no hints.The action does get pretty heavy well, I said somebody didn t make it , so it s not all fun and games All in all, another absolute delight I didn t guess the plot or the connections, and I certainly didn t guess the ultimate ending There are hints along the way, so there s no sudden surprise revelation, just a peeling back of information which I find very satisfying.I should add that it s well written and the descriptions of place and atmosphere are as good as those of the characters A church spire in a country town reached a skyline it had kissed for hundreds of years.Incidentally, I think this would read fine as a stand alone Enough background is given here and there to appreciate the characters histories Thanks again to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for the preview copy from which I ve quoted On to 3 in the series


  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    This is proving to be a very addictive series Fortunately I have all of them sitting on my Kindle so I will be able to feed my addiction As in the first book we watch our group of MI5 misfits bumble and stumble their way through situations they do not understand and which are usually not what they seem In this book several of the Slow Horses are involved in really serious situations and one dies This author is not afraid of leaving corpses behind, including those of the good guys What is it This is proving to be a very addictive series Fortunately I have all of them sitting on my Kindle so I will be able to feed my addiction As in the first book we watch our group of MI5 misfits bumble and stumble their way through situations they do not understand and which are usually not what they seem In this book several of the Slow Horses are involved in really serious situations and one dies This author is not afraid of leaving corpses behind, including those of the good guys What is it that is so appealing about these books I think it is mostly down to the characters who are all appealing in their own varied ways The dialogue is smart, a bit dark, and frequently funny And Jackson Lamb is perfectly cast Overweight, drinks and smokes too much, doesn t care what he says to anybody, frequently extremely rude and yet he is always at least one step ahead of anybody else in what is going on I would recommend this series to anyone who likes their spy stories with a touch of irreverence and humour


  4. Brenda Brenda says:

    Dead Lions is the second in the Slough House series, which is based on disgraced MI5 agents called slow horses Most of the slow horses from the first book are here, along with the addition of two new ones It seems there is a good supply of them.As in the first book, these spies just can t help themselves They sneak around, spy on each other, listen through closed doors, and do anything other than the boring work assigned to them They absolutely distrust the higher ups in MI5, but would love Dead Lions is the second in the Slough House series, which is based on disgraced MI5 agents called slow horses Most of the slow horses from the first book are here, along with the addition of two new ones It seems there is a good supply of them.As in the first book, these spies just can t help themselves They sneak around, spy on each other, listen through closed doors, and do anything other than the boring work assigned to them They absolutely distrust the higher ups in MI5, but would love to be back there The boss is Jackson Lamb, and he recognizes a name from the past who has recently been found dead on a bus Thus starts their illicit investigation.I enjoyed this book just as much as the first I like the characters a lot I like the humorous, snarky, sarcastic dialog I like how the author presents several fronts where characters are handling certain tasks and how those fronts all come together to reveal the nefarious plans of their opponents.I plan to read The List, a 2.5 novella shortly And I m looking forward to reading the remainder of the series


  5. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This was an excellent sequel to the brilliant Slow Horses Jackson Lamb and his team of misfits, exiled by MI5 to the backwaters of Slough House, are back at their desks churning through paperwork when an ex cold war spy is killed on a bus Jackson Lamb believes his death may be linked to an old Russian spy network that may or may not have existed and the slow horses suddenly find themselves involved in an operation River Cartwright is dispatched to a sleepy village to hunt for Russian spies This was an excellent sequel to the brilliant Slow Horses Jackson Lamb and his team of misfits, exiled by MI5 to the backwaters of Slough House, are back at their desks churning through paperwork when an ex cold war spy is killed on a bus Jackson Lamb believes his death may be linked to an old Russian spy network that may or may not have existed and the slow horses suddenly find themselves involved in an operation River Cartwright is dispatched to a sleepy village to hunt for Russian spies while two of Lamb s team are seconded by Spider Webb to help him recruit a wealthy Russian businessman.This is a complex, multilayered plot that unfolds carefully to pull all the threads together into a thrilling conclusion with enough twists and underhand deals to keep you guessing The characters are the real strength of this series, particularly the shambolic smoking, drinking, farting, bacon sandwich eating Lamb who looks incompetent but whose brain is as sharp as ever and remembers everything River and the rest of the team are keen to work together to redeem themselves with MI5 in the hope that they ll be invited back to head office Throughout a dry wit and dark humour keeps the characters and their exploits grounded and makes this a very entertaining read With thanks to Netgalley and Hachette for a digital copy of this book.


  6. Brenda Brenda says:

    As Dickie Bow followed the hood, keeping him it in sight, it felt good to be back on the job even though no one else knew about it The problem with the trains meant the frustrated commuters queued to catch the replacement buses, so Dickie kept the hood in view and stepped onto the same bus, sitting two seats behind him.But when Dickie was found dead at the end of the route, Jackson Lamb head of Slough House, where the disgraced MI5 spies were put out to pasture was positive Dickie had bee As Dickie Bow followed the hood, keeping him it in sight, it felt good to be back on the job even though no one else knew about it The problem with the trains meant the frustrated commuters queued to catch the replacement buses, so Dickie kept the hood in view and stepped onto the same bus, sitting two seats behind him.But when Dickie was found dead at the end of the route, Jackson Lamb head of Slough House, where the disgraced MI5 spies were put out to pasture was positive Dickie had been murdered And he knew he needed to find the answers His misfit agents in their search for the truth found a dark web of Cold War secrets Danger was afoot people would die but Lamb wanted to know did Dickie die of natural causes, or was it murder Humerous and dark, Dead Lions by Mick Herron is the 2nd in the Slough House series and though there are many characters, the odious Jackson Lamb stands out Always one step ahead of the rest, with his often rude and snarky comments he runs Slough House with aplomb Twists and turns are littered with dry humour and sarcasm the plot is complex and entertaining Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review


  7. Susan Susan says:

    This is the second in the Slough House series, where the Slow Horses reside those M15 operatives who have made mistakes and have been shunted off to do administrative tasks Slough House is presided over by Jackson Lamb, who, although now he appears to be slovenly, unkempt and cruelly sarcastic, was once an undercover operative during the Cold War and, despite his appearances, is not only still quite capable of out manoeuvring those at the Park, but he is fiercely loyal to those he is respon This is the second in the Slough House series, where the Slow Horses reside those M15 operatives who have made mistakes and have been shunted off to do administrative tasks Slough House is presided over by Jackson Lamb, who, although now he appears to be slovenly, unkempt and cruelly sarcastic, was once an undercover operative during the Cold War and, despite his appearances, is not only still quite capable of out manoeuvring those at the Park, but he is fiercely loyal to those he is responsible for and anyone he considers to be one of his own.One such was Richard Bough, obviously known as Dickie Bow, who was an operative long ago Still, being a spook, even if you are pensioned off, leaves its mark and when Dickie spots a face he recognises from the past, he immediately begins shadowing him and, when Dickie is found dead, Lamb is not convinced his death was natural In a separate storyline, Min Harper and Louise Guy are seconded by River Cartwright s old enemy, Spider, to babysit a Russian oligarch, who is visiting London for, talks about talks All of the Slow Horses are desperate to go back into the field and some of them will get the chance in this book.Author Mick Herron has created a realistic spy setup, which is less James Bond andHarry Palmer There is always the threat of cuts and cost cutting, there is a lot of dark humour and there is real danger Characters in these novels, and in Slough House, change and that is because there is a very real possibility that they could get killed A desk is empty and becomes filled by someone else and you realise that these novels work so well because of their sense of realism and the wonderful menace of Lamb, when he shuffles out of his lair and prepares to do battle The two storylines in this novel are soon linked and there is an exciting and action packed finale, but the real joy of these books are in the characters


  8. Marianne Marianne says:

    Dead Lions is the second novel in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron Slough House is where the spook screw ups from MI5 who, for some reason or other, can t be sacked, are sent There they are set such tedious, mind numbing tasks it s hoped they will be fed up enough to quit Slough House doesn t have a big staff, currently just seven under the control of Jackson Lamb They had a bit of unexpected action a few months ago, so there are empty desks and a few new faces.Ordinari Dead Lions is the second novel in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron Slough House is where the spook screw ups from MI5 who, for some reason or other, can t be sacked, are sent There they are set such tedious, mind numbing tasks it s hoped they will be fed up enough to quit Slough House doesn t have a big staff, currently just seven under the control of Jackson Lamb They had a bit of unexpected action a few months ago, so there are empty desks and a few new faces.Ordinarily, there are no ops from Slough House the Slow Horses can t be trusted with anything that matters But the recent death, on a bus, of Cold War spy, Dickie Bow has Jackson Lamb looking closer, and soon his smartest young spy, River Cartwright is in place in a sleepy Cotswolds village trying to track down a Russian agent Meanwhile, two of Lamb s slow horses are seconded by River s nemesis at Regent s Park, James Spider Webb, for babysitting duty in Russian oil talks Is there a connection Once again, Herron gives the reader a fast paced spy novel of a very different sort The premise is original, and the execution is inspired The characters are all credibly flawed, their dialogue is full of dry wit, and there is plenty of humour, most of it very black and very British, with an abundance of laugh out loud moments There are twists and red herrings and the reader will find it hard not to cheer these misfits on as they do their best Readers will be pleased to learn there are two and a half further volumes of this series for their entertainment and enjoyment Another brilliant read


  9. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    Dead Lions, Molly said What about them It s a kids party game You have to pretend to be dead Lie still Do nothing4.5 it possibly would have been higher if I had read the first book, Slow Horses Possibly There are a couple of loose threads towards the end of the book that bothered me a bit.So I m rating on what I experienced, for me the start was very confusing, but this thriller went on to be fast paced, exciting very hard to put down It was also full of lines that madDead Lions, Molly said What about them It s a kids party game You have to pretend to be dead Lie still Do nothing4.5 it possibly would have been higher if I had read the first book, Slow Horses Possibly There are a couple of loose threads towards the end of the book that bothered me a bit.So I m rating on what I experienced, for me the start was very confusing, but this thriller went on to be fast paced, exciting very hard to put down It was also full of lines that made me giggle Lamb stood, gazed at the nearest tree as if in sudden awe of nature, lifted a heel from the ground and farted Sign of a good curry, he said, Sometimes they just bubble about inside you for ages I keep meaning to ask why you have never married, River said. River The cast of this book have great names nicknames like Dicky Bow Spider Webb Herron is a modern Dickens in this regard Based on this book, I think this series would film really well, hope that the Slow Horses mentioned on IMDB is the one from this series I almost never want to see books I enjoy filmed But I think the BBC could make a good series of this one


  10. Gary Gary says:

    This is the 2nd book in the Slough House series by author Mick Herron.I appear to be in the minority but I personally struggled to connect with this novel and found it hard work Thankfully for the author there are plenty of people who disagree with me but an honest review is what I promised.Slough House is where all failed MI5 spies go to carry out trivial chores because they have messed up on the job One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action When an This is the 2nd book in the Slough House series by author Mick Herron.I appear to be in the minority but I personally struggled to connect with this novel and found it hard work Thankfully for the author there are plenty of people who disagree with me but an honest review is what I promised.Slough House is where all failed MI5 spies go to carry out trivial chores because they have messed up on the job One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action When 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 The agents 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 I liked the idea of failed spies trying to resurrect their careers and there were some very promising characters in the book, but maybe a few too many to keep track of I am not put off easily and will try another one in the series and who knows I may be converted.I would like to thank Net Galley and John Murray Press for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review


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