The Secret Hours

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Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 14/09/2023
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Monochrome is a busted flush - an inquiry into the misdeeds of the intelligence services, established by a vindictive prime minister but rendered toothless by a wily chief spook. For years it has ground away uselessly, interviewing witnesses with nothing to offer, producing a report with nothing to say, while the civil servants at its helm see their careers disappearing into a black hole. 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? 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.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399809702
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

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The Secret Hours
To get a flavour of what is to come read Standing by the Wall, then wait patiently for the autumn.
Peter Stevens
The Secret Hours
A treat for lovers of the murky world of the Secret Service!
This is described as a standalone novel, but really I think it’s a “stand before” as it ties into the Slough House world. I wouldn't say it was necessary ... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross
The Secret Hours
Absolutely Thrilling
5* Wowsers. The Secret Hours is brilliant. Mick Herron has written an absolute classic. An older man living a quiet life in rural Devon has to run for hi... READ MORE
Nic Johnston
The Secret Hours
A Good Thriller
The book started off brilliantly ,fast paced with an unknown man being chased for his life but then the pace slowed considerably and the book became all a... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
The Secret Hours
Slow Horses Prequel
The Secret Hours by Mick Herron is not so much the next book in his highly successful Slough House series as the back story of 2 of its major characters. W... READ MORE
David Blendell
The Secret Hours
another winner!
I've really enjoyed all of Mick Herron’s Slow Horse books (and his other standalone ones) and so was looking forward to reading this. In truth, the first q... READ MORE
The Secret Hours
Light hearted but complex spy thriller
Max Janáček is being hunted by a gang who tried to kidnap him. This may be connected to an Inquiry set up two years ago by the then PM. ‘Max’ isn’t the r... READ MORE
The Secret Hours
Skilfully executed, gripping tale!
The heart pounding first chapter set the scene beautifully for this spy thriller, however it quietened down considerably after that, but was, nevertheless,... READ MORE
Maureen Ellis
The Secret Hours
My favourite series of all time
Being a huge fan of the Slough House series, and the various tie-in novels that dovetail loosely into that yarn, I deeply enjoyed The Secret Hours. Reflect... READ MORE
The Secret Hours
Secret Hours
Mick Herron uses the title of his book, ‘The Secret Hours’, several times through his engaging – gripping – novel of almost 400-pages. He’s making a point;... READ MORE
Robert of Canterbury
The Secret Hours
British espionage has never had a better writer
In Mick Hereon’s ‘The Secret Hours’ we once again find personality filled characters, prose that sings and links to much loved friends from earlier novels.... READ MORE
Peter Wood
The Secret Hours
I really enjoyed this one off story, having read all the Slough House novels and the fact that some characters had crossed over. Excellent
Valerie Lloyd
The Secret Hours
Love it.
Just another tale about how screwed up our not quite so secret service are working, with hints and snippets into a certain characters past…. A must read fo... READ MORE
The Secret Hours
A must-read for SLOUGH HOUSE fans
The popular opinion among Westminster’s political circles was that the Monochrome inquiry was Anthony Sparrow’s (the then prime minister’s thuggish Svengal... READ MORE