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Summary

Preorder Bad Actors now—soon to be a major TV series starring Gary Oldman. 

The eighth book in the critically acclaimed and best-selling Slough House series by Mick Herron, who has been called "The new king of the spy thriller" (Mail on Sunday).

Intelligence has a new home. 

A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan—one-time head of MI5's Regent's Park—is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What's her counterpart, Moscow's First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he's telling? 

Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation.... 

There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.

©2022 Mick Herron (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic reviews

"Herron has certainly devised the most completely realised espionage universe since that peopled by George Smiley." (The Times)

"Herron's novels are genuinely thrilling." (Daily Telegraph)

"Britain's finest living thriller writer." (Sunday Express)

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Another Slough House epic

Great story line with lots of action although a bit slow at first. Narration is difficult to hear at times with one or two technical issues that need ironing out (repeating lines etc.). Did not distract from a brilliant book, but had to dock a star for performance.

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Production values have taken a tumble.

As others have mentioned, someone has really dropped the ball on the editing. I appreciate the work Sean Barrett puts in, doing constant retakes to give a pitch perfect performance, but I don’t want to hear him reading sections twice. Happens again and again, it’s just sloppy production management releasing a product in this state.
Additionally, the recording itself is not up to the same standards as the previous 7 books. Overly compressed so Seans vocal sounds too bass heavy.

Get a grip on this publishers!

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I love these books

Sean Barrett is the perfect person to voice the characters in these stories. I cannot imagine a more perfect Jackson Lamb voice from any other actor.
Mick Herron’s cynicism of government and hierarchy is infectious, and I love the satire that absolutely nails the character of the PM (it’s got to be Boris) the Home Secretary (all of them, but definitely Priti Patel in this book) and the special advisors. So believable.

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Not as good as previous titles in the series

I was really looking forward to Bad Actors, there having been quite a long wait since the previous book in the series, and I have to agree with some others who have said that this isn't Mick Herron's best Jackson Lamb or Sean Barrett's best narration. I think both are a little under par here. Also, the production quality is woeful, the editing abysmal. I really think Audible's output quality has dipped dramatically since being taken over by Amazon. Altogether somewhat disappointing.

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excellent, engaging and well written

Great read, but Herron needs to drop the anti-brexit comments in his books and move on, it is out of context and juvenile.

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Excellent book, really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this latest instalment of the Slow Horses story. It was a good yarn, with great characterisations and humour. The narration was also excellent.

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A masterpiece - but fix the technical problems!

This is the eighth in the Slough House series, and either the best, or one of the best. Mick Herron is a sort of post-modern John le Carré, whose characters and plots defy rational convention, while being both enormously entertaining and nail-bitingly edge of seat.

Sean Barrett as Jackson Lamb is surely one of the all-time great combinations in any audiobook. It would be tedious to repeat the plaudits of the many other reviewers of this latest tale of Slough House; I agree with them all. However, Audible MUST fix the editing errors that have failed to remove the odd repeated word or line; very sloppy in such a gold-standard work as this.

I am now re-reading all of the Slough House books from scratch and enjoying every moment.

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fabulous

wished this book would never end. when is the next book coming out? loved it

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Beyond brilliant!

Another fantastic Mick Herron, beautifully told by Sean Barrett. I hope the next one will be along soon.

And a beautifully crafted parallel universe to the current situation in the UK. If only some of the parts that aren’t true actually were! Who wouldn’t be willing to chip in for the Rodster’s fee to arrange things so certain real life politicians themselves experienced the hostile environment? Or found their wealth disappeared? And as for SPADS…