The secret hours

£22.00

Monochrome is a busted flush. Beginning as an investigation into the historical misdeeds of the intelligence services by a vindicative prime minister, Monochrome is now circling the drain, much like the careers of the two civil servants – Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle – charged with overseeing the inquiry. And then the OTIS file falls into their hands. What secrets does this hold that see a long-redundant spy being chased through Devon’s green lanes in the dark? What happened in a newly reunified Berlin that someone is desperate to keep under wraps? And who will win the battle for the soul of the secret service – or was that decided a long time ago?

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*A gripping standalone thriller with a riveting reveal about a disastrous MI5 mission in Cold War Berlin – a dazzling entry-point to Mick Herron’s writing and an unmissable read for Slough House fans. Available for pre-order now.*

‘I doubt I’ll read a more enjoyable novel all year’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

‘All Herron’s trademark strengths are here: tension, intrigue, observation, humour, absurdity . . . and pitch-perfect prose’ Lee Child

Two years ago, the Monochrome inquiry was set up to investigate the British secret service. Monochrome’s mission was to ferret out misconduct, allowing the civil servants seconded to the inquiry, Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, unfettered access to confidential information in the service archives.

But with progress blocked at every turn, Monochrome is circling the drain . . . Until the OTIS file appears out of nowhere.

What classified secrets does OTIS hold that see a long-redundant spy being chased through Devon’s green lanes in the dark? What happened in a newly reunified Berlin that someone is desperate to keep under wraps? And who will win the battle for the soul of the secret service – or was that decided a long time ago?

Spies and pen-pushers, politicians and PAs, high-flyers, time-servers and burn-outs . . . They all have jobs to do in the daylight. But what they do in the secret hours reveals who they really are.

‘Wonderful. Mick Herron at his best’ Michael Connelly, author of Desert Star

‘Stunningly plotted and written, this masterclass in intrigue is brimming with tension and paranoid energy’ Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

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Weight 0.64 kg
Dimensions 23.8 × 16.4 × 4 cm
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