Starting with an opening prologue that will leave you open mouthed, Joe Country is Book 6 in the Jackson Lamb spy series detailing the going’s on at Slough house, a kind of forced retirement home for disgraced ‘Joe’s ,’ or spies.
With nowhere else to put them they are lumped under Jackson Lamb, an absolute beast of a man, with a terrible temper, a disgusting attitude and deplorable manners, but above all, he looks after his staff, no one ‘burns’ his Joe’s.
Jackson is on the hunt , Louisa is brooding , River is in mourning , Standish is drinking , Shirley is angry , Coe is quiet and Roddy well...He’s Roddy 😂...and there is a new recruit , Lech, with his own story to fight.
When Louisa goes rogue, looking for her now dead boyfriend, and slow horse Min’s son, she finds herself caught up in an operation in deepest Wales,
Jackson sends River , Shirley, and Coe off to find Louisa in the welsh snow ..with questionable results..
The ever despicable ‘Lady Di Taverner is up to her usual tricks and now in charge of first desk, i’m very interested to see how that’s going to effect the Slow Horses and Lamb’s tenure in charge.
As ever Herron shows no remorse for his characters as a shocking and surprising end ensues.
Mick Herron has a writing style not quite like any other and this is the case again, full of black comedy, wit and shocks down to your socks, this is another pure masterclass.
Easily read as a stand-alone but I really do suggest you start with the first in this fantastic series, First class writing of the highest order and fighting for top read of 2019.