Nobody Walks: Mick Herron

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Nobody Walks: Mick Herron

Nobody Walks: Mick Herron

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When my snoring lemon woke me last night, I made reading lemonade until I fell asleep with the book on my belly. Dame Ingrid Tearney is still Head (first desk) and busy weaving the devious webs that will lead to her eventual downfall. Beatteny learns that running away from your problems doesn’t make them go away but facing them doesn’t guarantee a happy ending either.

If you give up on this book, which some reviewers have suggested, you'll miss out on hauntingly beautiful prose, a stunningly crafted plot and the aching sadness of loss so subtly intertwined. They were estranged for four years, Tom was out of the country, and a colleague of Liam’s rang to let him know.Already he has treated us to classic portraits including the bald and bewigged head of MI5’s Intelligence Service, Dame Ingrid Tearney, and the pale and twitchy successful games producer, Vincent Driscoll. Because it's relatively short, it seemed a lot more focused than some of the Slough House novels, and that sets it up amongst my favourites from Herron. He’d spent the better part of a decade taking [X X] off the board only to find that others had filled the gap. There’d been a sharp rise in the number of women reading bondage porn in public, but other than that, London had stayed London. He and Liam hadn’t spoken in a long time, and when they did speak, it was mostly so Liam could accuse him of neglecting, and therefore killing Liam’s mother, who died of cancer.

Coe finds himself pulled from behind a desk to do her bidding and his initial euphoria of being chosen by her, ends in fear and disillusionment, as we discover why he acts as he does in later books.What bothers Bettany is that he can't find any lighters or matches in Liam's apartment so he believes that someone must have been there with him, someone who lit the joint. Tearney has been mentioned in the Slough House novels but usually from the perspective of her envious subordinate Diana Taverner. Especially appreciated were the subtle clues to what is really going on dropped throughout the book.

Which is why he is fascinating, this book is addictive and the plot moves seamlessly even when it seemed confusing at the beginning. With Driscoll having recently been vetted for national honours, Dame Ingrid Tearney wants to deal with the situation very discreetly, so she enlists JK Coe, a still wet-behind-the-ears officer from Psych Eval, to act as go-between.

Set in the same fictional London as his ‘Slough House’ series, Mick Herron now introduces Tom Bettany, an ex-spook with a violent past and only one thing to live for – avenging his son’s death. I was expecting a completely standalone story, but was pleasantly surprised to find it set in the Slough House-iverse.

The Slough House related book Nobody Walks appeared after the short story The List and between the novels Dead Lions and Real Tigers in 201 5 . Martin Boyd, leaves Britain and scuffles around the rougher parts of France where nobody much wants to know anyone’s personal history. If you haven't read Nobody Walks and you love the Slough House books then make a point of reading it. I suppose if I had a choice between a second book and another Slough House book, I'd choose the latter. There is plenty of action, some unexpected twists and humour (albeit more subtle than in the Slough House series) before all the pieces slot into place for Tom.Bettany and Liam had been estranged when Liam died and Bettany always thought he'd have time to make things work again with his son. Undercover meant dropping out of sight, leading somebody else's life in a succession of foreign cities. If you haven’t read him but enjoy a smart British thriller, you need to try him, starting absolutely anywhere. For 21st century spies and politicians, I think the torch has been handed to Herron, who has run with it. Herron has created a cast of unforgettable characters and woven a plot of intrigue that will delight readers, and is a must for fans of thrillers, espionage and well plotted mysteries.

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