THE SECRET HOURS – Mick Herron – Uncover Secrets & Lies

The latest installment of the MI5 series is packed with action and drama, and fans will be delighted to see the agency make it through despite its members’ attempts to thwart it.

By Mick Herron ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 12, 2023

An investigation into the security practices of British intelligence takes an unexpected turn in this stand-alone novel from the chronicler of Slough House. The Monochrome panel, appointed by an adviser to the Prime Minister to determine if the intelligence service has exceeded its authority, calls witnesses and questions them at length, then destroys its notes on them. Civil servant Griselda Fleet reluctantly serves as the panel’s first chair, while ambitious flack Malcolm Kyle serves as the second chair, resigned to the fact that his career advancement is on hold.

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Suddenly, someone attempts to kidnap and kill Max Janacek, a retired academic with a history with MI5, and a folder filled with highly classified information is planted on Kyle. When the Monochrome panel decides to pursue the information, they uncover a witness with shocking news about an operation that Station House ran in Berlin years ago. It is revealed that everyone involved has a price, and conflicts within MI5 are more likely to turn deadly than conflicts outside. Readers familiar with Herron’s series of thrilling novels will not be surprised by the events that unfold.

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
ISBN: 9781641295215

Page Count: 384
Publisher: Soho Crime

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023