Dead Lions

Dead Lions

Book - 2013
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The CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning British espionage novel about disgraced MI5 agents who inadvertently uncover a deadly Cold War-era legacy of sleeper cells and mythic super spies.

The disgruntled agents of Slough House, the MI5 branch where washed-up spies are sent to finish their failed careers on desk duty, are called into action to protect a visiting Russian oligarch whom MI5 hopes to recruit to British intelligence. While two agents are dispatched on that babysitting job, though, an old Cold War-era spy named Dickie Bow is found dead, ostensibly of a heart attack, on a bus outside of Oxford, far from his usual haunts.

But the head of Slough House, the 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?

Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781616953676
Branch Call Number: HERRON M
Characteristics: 347 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 05, 2018

Good summer reading.

Dec 29, 2017

I'm coming late to this series, but have read the first two so far. I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Lions. It is a lighter version of LeCarre, with more humor, but still maintaining the devilish plot of the best British spy novels. In my limited exposure to this genre I place Mick Herron right up there with LeCarre and Len Deighton. I look forward to the next two books in the series.

Feb 14, 2015

Loved this book. My fav. of 2015 so far. Very clever, very funny dialogue and British satire at its best, with realistic characters and an excellent plot that really picks up at the end. Reminiscent of Le Carre.

Nov 19, 2013

Not the easiest of reading for Americans, but if you've a British slang dictionary on-line, it's both funny and clever. Just be reminded that spying is the mirror game.


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