London Rules

Soho Crime. (Slough House, Bk. 5). Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781616959616. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959623. THRILLER
OrangeReviewStarThe grisly traces of the previous incident at Slough House (the satellite office for demoted and outcast British spies) have been painted over, but Jackson Lamb and his deplorables still work in shadows so deep that in a fresh red alert, the team is locked down on site. A raging crescendo dominates MI5 as the elite top desks deal with Brexit politics, evasions of a Muslim mayoral candidate, terrorist attacks, and the internal fight-to-the-career-death battle to be First Desk. Rude and crude Lamb slyly mentors his team of joes to keep them from getting erased from the payroll. Lauded as a brilliant satirist needling British spydom in a verso version of John le Carré, Herron writes with literary panache that belies the rough aggression of current international relations.
VERDICT Fans of the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning series will dive into the scrum of Herron's fifth outing (after Spook House) and thus deeply enjoy the mordant humor woven into the insanely complicated plot.
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