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'A first-rate modern thriller' Daily Mail
Set in the same world as Mick Herron's bestselling Slough House thrillers, Nobody Walks introduces JK Coe, a fledgling spy who's about to get a harsh lesson in the realities of life on Spook Street
Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead - Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking pot.
Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son's death. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. And some of them - like JK Coe - will have cause to regret his reappearance.
Bettany might have thought he'd left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody ever really walks away.
2015 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award Shortlist
Nancy Pearl Best Reads of 2015
A Booklist Best Crime Novel of 2015
One of Booklist's 101 Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade
Fast-moving and deeply cynical, yet thoroughly heartfelt, this is a first-rate modern thriller.
--The Sunday Times
English author Mick Herron writes thrillers that are smart in the places that count. Smart prose, smart plotting.
Enough suspense and action to keep thriller fans happy but it also has a strong psychological component. The final revelation in this story will it will knock you backwards.
A deep evocation of the consequences of both violence and revenge.
--Los Angeles Review of Books
[A] superb thriller . . . Herron may be the most literate, and slyest, thriller writer in English today.
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
Herron's remarkable novel has enough suspense, action, and deductive dazzlement to keep genre fans happy. But be warned: these are deep waters, and this is not nodding-off, night-table reading.
─Booklist, Starred Review
Herron strips his revenge story to the bone, paring away unnecessary characters, episodes, speeches and gestures to produce a violent little elegy that grows both more clever and more sour as it hurtles along.
The Brits seem to have a lock on clapped-out intelligence agents, and this savvy literary stand-alone by the author of the 2013 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger-winning Dead Lions is an affectionate nod to the likes of John le Carré.
Nobody Walks is a very different kind of thriller: more Richard Stark than John Le Carre. It's stripped down and raw; a satisfying, immersive thriller, bold and brutal in its simplicity.
--Pages & Pages Books, Australia
[Herron] writes with uncommon grace about a man who has no illusions.
--Reviewing the Evidence
[A] beautiful, bleak novel.
[A] complex character-driven thriller.
--Stop! You're Killing Me
Tough and melancholy--a story of remorse and revenge that asks if it is ever too late for a man to make up the lost years.
--Life Is Story
This is a more human story--a tragedy, actually--and Bettany is given no easy ride.
--Crime Fiction Lover
Smartly written with biting British wit.
Praise for DEAD LIONS
WINNER OF THE 2013 CWA GOLD DAGGER FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
A BBC FRONT ROW BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2013
A TIMES CRIME AND THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 50 CRIME AND THRILLER BOOK OF THE PAST 5 YEARS
"Smart, sharp British wit at its finest. A uniquely brilliant take on the British spy novel."
─Cara Black, New York Times bestselling author of Murder Below Montparnasse
"Funny, clever . . . Genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose."
─Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Delightful . . . with a dry humor reminiscent of Greene and Waugh."
--Sunday Times, Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 5 Years
"A great romp."
─Jeff Park, BBC Front Row
"Clever and funny."
"Herron delivers unbeatable entertainment for thriller fans."
─Library Journal, Starred Review
"[A] wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel."
─Crime Writers' Association
"If you like your suspense novels told with a smart dash of wit and sarcasm, filled with lots of twists and turns, Herron's your man."
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If you haven't read any of the Slough House series yet, I would recommend you do (starting with 'Slow Horses'). If you have, any you enjoyed them, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book too.
The story has been synopsised in other reviews, so I won’t repeat that, but suffice to say the intrigues and double-crosses are well thought-out and revealing of some thoroughly nasty characters. Mick Herron has a terrific way of painting pictures with his words, and you can almost smell the grime in the London streets through his descriptions. As is a common trait in many of his books, the opening chapters leave you guessing where the story is going, and the slow build can seem like hard work if you are an impatient reader- but, trust me, the slow build is just as important as the frantic climax, as it ensures you grow into the characters and heroes.
If you like intelligent, intriguing stories that incorporate multiple twists and turns, and heroes that you may actually not like, but come to understand and respect, then Mick Herron’s books might be right up your street, and in this particular case, a well told story with a flawed central character provides an entertaining read.
The only reason I’ve held the rating at 4 stars, not 5, is because I believe that the highest rating should only be for a book that is completely above the standard of almost all others, and there are, by definition, very few of those. So 4 stars in my scale designates excellent!
"Nobody Walks" is a kind of antecedent to the Slough House series in that we learn a little about the background of one of Slough House's more complex "in-mates" JK Coe; I won't go into details you can find plenty including spoilers elsewhere. Lovers of Jackson Lamb will find nothing remotely amusing here, Lamb doesn't put in an appearance although he's referenced once, and it's all serious, not since the days of George Smiley has there been so much "little-does-he-know-that-she-knows-that-they-know..." stuff. Instead we have a lightweight spy thriller with wanna-be joe Coe having his strings pulled by the ambitious opportunistic devious cunning spymistress Dame Ingrid (who we've met before in the Slough House series) as she sets him up against a has-been master spy and some very nasty baddies. It's not all bad, but it is all largely lightweight, although, and I know other reviewers don't agree, the ending is rather clever.
Recommended perhaps for pick-up/put-down reading, but for fans of Jackson Lamb "Nobody Walks" adds nothing to the Slough House series and Herron's writing style here just isn't the same mix of comedy and thrills. You have been warned.
We meet Tom Bettany, and ex-MI5 operative in France, scrapping a living in an abattoir. Long since retired, her receives a message with the news that his estranged son has died. Bettany returns to London, and learns his son Liam fell from his balcony, where he was smoking pot. Bettany’s past makes London a dangerous place, and it does not take long for him to come to the attention on the higher ups at MI5. Was his sons death an accident? And why is the head of MI5 taking an interest?
Overall this is a good read. Although I cannot put my finger on why, the style seems unusual – perhaps the sentences are sharper and cut off than some. It is certainly gritty and dark, which was as expected from the tone of the TV show. I will be dipping into the Slough House novels.