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In this chillingly plausible thriller by CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron, "there is no hiding under the desk" ( The New York Times Book Review ).

When a gunman breaks into South Oxford Nursery School and takes a group of hostages, teacher Louise Kennedy fears the worst. But Jaime Segura isn't there on a homicidal mission, and he's just as scared as those whose lives he holds as collateral. As an armed police presence builds outside the school's gates, the only person Jaime will talk to is Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with Jaime's lover, Miro. Miro's gone missing, along with a quarter of a billion pounds allotted for reconstruction work in Iraq. Jaime refuses to believe that Miro is a thief--though he's always had his secrets. But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages--and so do some people on the outside, who'd much rather Jaime was silenced.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York :, Soho Constable ;, London :, Constable,, 2008.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781569475041
Branch Call Number: FIC HERR
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 20, 2018

Mick Herron does it again. This is actually a re-release of a novel first published in 2008, but it is timely today as ever. The beginnings of the Slow Horses world of spies are present in this work. Always evident in Herron's work are pithy comments on current affairs and wry and witty exchanges between characters. Reconstruction is the theme of this book as well as its title. As the reader wends his way from the starts and stops of several characters, he/she is constantly reconstruction the story and the characters- even up to the final page. While the Slow Horse novels are the best of Herron's work, this nascent foray into the world of spies is a delight to read.

Feb 12, 2018

A really good book. It takes a few pages at the beginning to introduce all the characters and bring them together, but stay with it -- the resulting story is a real thriller with plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed it immensely.


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