Two years ago, the Monochrome inquiry was set up to investigate the British secret service. Monochrome's mission was to ferret out misconduct, allowing the civil servants seconded to the inquiry, Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, unfettered access to confidential information in the service archives.

But with progress blocked at every turn, Monochrome is circling the drain ... Until the OTIS file appears out of nowhere. What classified secrets does OTIS 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.

'Stunningly plotted and written, this masterclass in intrigue is brimming with tension and paranoid energy' Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

'All Herron's trademark strengths are here: tension, intrigue, observation, humour, absurdity . . .and pitch-perfect prose' Lee Child

'Wonderful. Mick Herron at his best' Michael Connelly, author of Desert Star

'I doubt I'll read a more enjoyable novel all year' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

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ISBN 9781399800556
Author Mick Herron
Publisher John Murray
Imprint Baskerville
Publication date 13 Oct 2023
Format Paperback
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The Secret Hours (A Thriller)

A new standalone novel from 'Britain's greatest living thriller writer' and author of the bestselling Slough House series, now a TV series starring Gary Oldman

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