London RulesBook - 2018
"Mick Herron is the John le Carré of our generation." --Val McDermid
At MI5 headquarters Regent's Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM's favorite Muslim, who's about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he's hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble. Meanwhile, the country's being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks.
Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But collectively, they're about to rediscover their greatest strength--that of making a bad situation much, much worse.
It's a good thing Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren't going to break themselves.
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pg 56 Devon like herself, was former Job: real police, which meant he knew when to follow orders, when not to bother and where the nearest pub was.
pg 88 Zafar reached out and they shared a handclasp. It was true, he thought: it genuinely didn't matter to Tyson what Zarar asked him to do: he was happy to do it. And the thought made him sad and glad at the same time.....
pg 118 One of the unforeseen consequences of brexit, reflected Whelan, was that it had elevated to positions of undue prominence any number of nasty toerags. Ah well. The people had spoken.
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