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Real Tigers Jackson Lamb Thriller 3 by Mick Herron Hachette Australia John Murray Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 13 Feb 2018
Real Tigers is an exemplary spy-fi novel. It is clever, tightly plotted, and eerily pertinent, with characters who are way more human and believable than Bond or Bourne. That is not to say there isn’t action - merely that superhuman feats are left to books by writers who aren’t trying to write a realistic spy novel. Real Tigers moves at a faster pace than Dead Lions, which will make it appeal to a broader audience. There is a good bit of naturally occurring humor, but on the whole it is a dark and serious novel where warring factions within the service are as much a threat or possibly more than any outside force.
In Real Tigers, a new minister is taking charge of the intelligence service, one who sees it as a ways of climbing higher, if he can make a big enough splash. (Will remind you of someone bad hair and all) Slough House is drawn into the picture when Catherine Standish is kidnapped and asked one question- which of your colleagues do you trust with your life? Jackson Lamb might not be anyone’s first choice on an ordinary day but when it comes to one of his “joes” being in trouble, he may be the only one able to unravel the mess.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Real Tigers from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER AND THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
'If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers' The Spectator
'The finest new crime series this millennium' Mail on Sunday
Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks.
She's worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back.
What she doesn't know is why anyone would target her: a recovering drunk pushing paper with the other lost causes in Jackson Lamb's kingdom of exiles at Slough House.
Whoever it is holding her hostage, it can't be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it is about Jackson Lamb.
And say what you like about Lamb, he'll never leave a joe in the lurch.
He might even be someone you could trust with your life . . .