The Drop

  • Author Mick Herron
  • Narrator Sean Barrett
  • Publisher John Murray Press
  • Run Time 2 hours and 2 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Espionage and spy thriller.

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What to expect

A Slough House novella from the ‘John le Carré of our generation’

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he’s witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair’s breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality.
A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.

It’s also what happens just before you hit the ground.

(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • Adroit miniaturisation of its author’s world, this festive fan treat has a claim to be the first post-Brexit thriller

    Sunday Times
  • A Christmas treat . . . A wry and elegant novella about what happens to redundant spooks

    Andrew Taylor, Spectator, Book of the Year
  • Beautifully modulated prose and outrageous jokes

    Daily Telegraph
  • The Drop becomes part of the growing library of the Slough House series chronicling the wonderful team of spy incompetents

    The Times, Crime Books of the Year
  • Brevity is the soul of wit, and Mick Herron’s The Drop is brief and witty . . . the qualities that have won him so many awards are fully in place . . . Herron’s inventiveness leaps from every page

  • Herron is a master of subtle wit and satire, intricately weaving an impressive amount of detail into a short story. The Drop is also timely, set against the backdrop of looming Brexit and a changing security situation that could turn services that are currently “friendly” against each other. For Herron’s fans this is a welcome snack between meals as they eagerly await the sixth novel in the series next year, while new readers can enjoy a taste of why he is rightly touted as one of the best thriller writers in Britain today

    Daily Express, ****

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