Joe Country

  • Author Mick Herron
  • Narrator Sean Barrett
  • Publisher John Murray Press
  • Run Time 10 hours and 47 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Espionage and spy thriller.

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What to expect

*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

‘We’re spies,’ said Lamb. ‘All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.’

Like the ringing of a dead man’s phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral . . .

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

This time, they’re heading into joe country.

And they’re not all coming home.

(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • Herron does not seek to be John le Carre – his is a wryer, more ironic style; faster, more down to earth, with rapid prose that grabs you by the throat. If you haven’t read him yet, do so now

    Daily Mail
  • The best thriller writer in Britain today

    Daily Express
  • This series is bitingly intelligent, light of touch and frequently hilarious

    Observer
  • Mick Herron is fast becoming the go-to author for British espionage . . . Aficionados can expect Herron’s trademark snappy dialogue, memorably flawed characters and sharp political observation

    Guardian
  • Herron is superior to the vast majority of thriller writers at their best, and there’s no shortage here of reliable treats ranging from messy, inept gunfights to brutally sarcastic dialogue

    Sunday Times
  • Every bit as captivating as its predecessors . . . like a pin-sharp sitcom that happens to include murder and high politics, they purr along on the gracelessness and ineptitude of the self-deluding Slow Horses, the unmatchable Lamb, and the crackling writing that has made all six in the series unmissable

    Big Issue

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