Recently adapted for a TV series starring Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden and Kristin Scott Thomas, Mick’s novel Slow Horses brought to life the occupants of Slough House. An outpost of the intelligence services where disgraced spies are banished to see out the remainder of their derailed careers, it is a drab and mildewed backwater. Although highly trained, these misfits do not run ops - they push paper. But when a boy is kidnapped and his beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net, they refuse to sit back and watch. Seven novels on, seven superbly told stories later, Bad Actors recounts another tale of Slough House. Mick Herron’s writing has been described as ‘the perfect 21st century blend of John le Carré and Len Deighton’ and ‘at the summit of a new golden age in spy fiction’. We couldn’t agree more.