The Secret Hours: The Instant Sunday Times Bestselling Thriller from the Author of Slow Horses

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The Secret Hours: The Instant Sunday Times Bestselling Thriller from the Author of Slow Horses

The Secret Hours: The Instant Sunday Times Bestselling Thriller from the Author of Slow Horses

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The most mesmerizing spy novel you could hope to find since John le Carré left us . . .Herron has gifted us a magnificently plotted and charactered puzzle, marvellously written. Enjoy.” Happily, we don’t have to wait 60 years for the Ellroy of the future to do a similar number on the Hollywood of today: Jordan Harper is on the case in his third novel, Everybody Knows (Faber, ★★★★★). Although Harper cannot make hay with today’s celebrities to the same extent – real film stars pop up, but blamelessly – he leaves us in no doubt that Los Angeles is, if anything, even more of a moral sewer now. The Secret Hours is a stand-alone novel on the periphery of the ‘Slow Horses’ universe whose focus is a slow-walking inquiry into historical wrongdoing in MI5, Britain’s domestic spy service. The book is classic Herron, featuring mordant humor, bureaucratic power plays, underappreciated functionaries, bravura action sequences and at least one unexpected casualty.” What secrets does this hold that see a long-redundant spy being chased through Devon’s green lanes in the dark? What happened in a newly reunified Berlin that someone is desperate to keep under wraps? And who will win the battle for the soul of the secret service – or was that decided a long time ago? Herron's short stories have been regularly published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and some are collected in the book All the Livelong Day, published in 2013.

If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers". . Retrieved 18 December 2016. For cost savings, you can change your plan at any time online in the “Settings & Account” section. If you’d like to retain your premium access and save 20%, you can opt to pay annually at the end of the trial. Monochrome is designed to sniff out wrongdoing in the secret service, but the Prime Minister is no match for MI-5's 'First Desk' - a formidable and intelligent woman who immediately (and hilariously) neuters Monochrome. I will say little or nothing about plot, or even character, as I really think this highly recommended new Herron deserves completely innocent readers. All of the threads come together at the book's climax, and the ending made me smile. I just love that First Desk.What is it about identity-swapping that fascinates? Spying is “the essence of escapism,” Herron maintains. We consider the true story of the undercover policemen who pretended to be family men and admit to our base fascination with it: “The fascination is because it is about taking on a new identity to the nth degree. But it is utterly morally despicable. You see it from the point of view of the women betrayed. The notion that someone could control your life, based on a lie, is frightening. Good grief, how could that happen? Is there anybody I know who has lied to me…?” and he laughs. The bright headlight was swallowing everything now, clutching Max in its beam: he could see his own shadow rising up before him like a giant. In a fairy tale, it would turn and smite his pursuers; sound them into the soil. The subsequent chapters took the reader right into the heart of The British Secret Service, where two years previously the ‘Monochrome’ inquiry was set up to investigate misconduct within the service, and it gave civil servants Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle unrestricted access to confidential information in the service archives. Standing by the Wall: The Collected Slough House Novellas (2022) - Includes all novellas in the Slough House series published as of 2022.

The novel begins with the striking opening line: “The worst smell in the world is a dead badger”. Attention grabber or a broader metaphor? As ever, with Herron, there are people within Government who bear remarkable likenesses to people who are, or were recently, in their recent positions. We are meant, by the cruel accuracy of their physical description their political history and behavioural incompetencies, to know exactly who is being – not lampooned, as there are those who lampoon their very selves, and have no need for satirists' inventions. So let us say, clearly described. Spies and pen-pushers, politicians and PAs, high-flyers, time-servers and burn-outs . . . They all have jobs to do in the daylight. Meanwhile, in the present, as the publicity blurb tells us, one of the many Government Enquiries, primarily focused on finding a way to shelve out almost everything the state should do to private ventures, is underway.Certainly life at the Park still continues, even if some of the major players whom again we have come to know, but not always love, are still in evidence. It’s not all Aston Martin sports cars and martinis (‘shaken, not stirred’) in Herron’sspy world…Billed as a standalone, this smartly written, funny, and complex thriller is a good introduction for newbies, but fans of Herron’s ‘Slough House’ books will recognize a few crossover characters.”

In 2003, Heron published his first novel, Down Cemetery Road. It was the first volume in a four-book series about Zoë Boehm, an Oxford private detective. [4] OTIS turns out to be a spy operation in Berlin, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Monochrome panel is beginning to interview the first OTIS witness when Monochrome is shut down hard, for good. It's clear the government does not want OTIS to become public knowledge. Nevertheless, Griselda and Malcolm fabricate a loophole so they can hear the witness's whole story, which is riveting. Change the plan you will roll onto at any time during your trial by visiting the “Settings & Account” section. What happens at the end of my trial? As usual, there’s a lot here to swallow. Fans will rejoice to see MI5 survive despite its members’ best efforts. In the past, we follow the efforts of (workname) Alison North on a mission for David Carpenter (known as the Old Bastard - OB for short) in Berlin. For a newbie, less than ten months in MI5, this is a terrifying thing - because she's going to have to gather information that could ruin one of the joes in that branch.

The Secret Hours

Set in the MI5 world of Slow Horses , now an Apple Original series from Apple TV+ starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. A gripping standalone spy thriller from the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Slow Horses, with a riveting reveal about a disastrous MI5 mission in Cold War Berlin—an absolute must-read for Slough House fans. Once again, Herron has composed an espionage thriller that takes place on multiple fronts and in two timeframes and delivers on both the intelligence and the thrills. This story will certainly appeal to all the Slough House fans, of which I am most definitely one of. It's one of my favorites, one of the few I want to reread. Fast forward to 2014 in London, and a similar operation is in play. This time, a vengeful Prime Minister launches an inquiry into Regent Park’s possible misdeeds through Operation Monochrome. The duo in charge, Grizelda, considered a troublemaker, and Malcolm, a meticulous assistant, are to pry into the Park’s activities. Many of the organization’s functions are being outsourced, and those in charge are determined to hold on to their territory. A mysterious file is given to Malcolm, which causes the team to probe into what happened in Berlin in 1994. As soon as they start delving into the file, Monochrome is shuttered. Grizelda and Malcolm decide on their own to finish what they started and rely on witness Alison, who is still with Regent’s Park, to provide answers.

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