Quick and appeasing read
MICK Herron is one of my favourite authors, so I was intrigued to see whether his novella would live up to expectations. It did!
A stylish segue from the Slough House series, The Drop tells the story of retired spy, Solomon Dortmund, who witnesses what he is convinced is an illicit exchange of information between two spies (a Drop in espionage parlance). almost depressing reading
He reports this up the chain of command to his one-time controller, John Bachelor (a dysfunctional character if ever there was one), and unwittingly sets in motion a train of bizarre events.
It’s a gratifyingly quick read and Herron’s inimitable writing style (good plot, curious characters, quick humour and evocative descriptions) will keep most readers hooked.
An added bonus for Slough House fans is the appearance of vitriolic Diana Taverner, in fine fettle and as malicious as ever.
This might keep me going as I wait in anticipation for Herron’s next Slough House novel. Grab a copy and a box of chocolates and while away a rainy afternoon with this little gem.
• Ann Ives is a history teacher of 30 years, a cat-lover, reader and gardener.