The Jackson Lamb series by Mick Herron

Spook street

To celebrate the release of Mick Herron’s Spook Street, we’re looking for 15 reading groups who love crime and thriller fiction. It doesn’t matter whether you’re already a Jackson Lamb fan or not, because you can choose whether you’d like to read the first book in the series – Slow Horses – or Spook Street, the newest instalment. Groups are asked to leave their reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Reading Groups for Everyone, and share on Twitter #JacksonLamb.

5 lucky reading groups will also have the chance to enjoy a paperback and a pint with Mick in October/November, to discuss the series and ask any questions they might have for him. We would love it if you’d share pictures of your meetings on social media with #JacksonLamb, @readingagency and @hodderbooks.

All reading groups have to do is complete this survey stating why they would like to have tea with Mick, and tell us whether you’d prefer to read Book 1 or Book 4.

About the books

Spook Street

Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

‘Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven’t read him yet, you NEED
Mark Billingham

Never outlive your ability to survive a fight.

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail.

Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. ‘Nasty old spook with blood on his hands’ would be a more accurate description.

‘The old bastard’ has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb’s team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.

So it’s Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright’s panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ.

And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril . . .

Slow Horses

Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

‘The finest new crime series this millennium’ Mail on Sunday

You don’t stop being a spook just because you’re no longer in the game.

Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent’s Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb’s misfit crew of highly trained joes don’t run ops, they push paper.

But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a ‘slow horse’.

A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.

And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren’t going to just sit quiet and watch . . .

About the author

Mick Herron’s first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the ‘most enjoyable British spy novel in years’ by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 C WA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the C WA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the C WA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Sunday Express wrote that it ‘revitalised the spy thriller genre’.

Closing date: 19 September


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