Nobody Walks

Nobody Walks

Book - 2014
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Tom Bettany, a British ex-spy crammed with dark skills, comes out of retirement when he learns his estranged son is dead. His quest leads him to the shadowy Vincent Driscoll, head of the software-design firm Liam worked for, and to the bizarre Dame Ingrid Tearney, head of the Intelligence Service, who is either worried that Bettany will discover something better kept under wraps or else wants Bettany to do some dirty work on her behalf.
"Set in the same fictional London as his CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Slough House series, Mick Herron now introduces Tom Bettany, an ex-spook with a violent past and only one thing to live for: Avenging his son's death. Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn't know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead--Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking dope. Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son's death. Maybe it's the guilt he feels about losing touch with his son that's gnawing at him, or maybe he's actually put his finger on a labyrinthine plot, but either way he'll get to the bottom of the tragedy, no matter whose feathers he has to ruffle. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. He might have thought he'd left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody really just walks away"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781616954864
Branch Call Number: FICTION Herron 2014
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 25, 2017

After reading a few of Herron’s novels involving “slow horses”, ex-intelligence agents reassigned to spend their remaining days at “slough house”, a decrepit, relic of a house, this story is quite different.
Although it involves an “ex service agent” he is nothing like the gang we know from slough house.
After his last lengthy undercover assignment is over, Tom Bettany finally returns home. Faced with the terminal illness and death of his wife he is rejected by his son who blames him for his mother’s death. He leaves his home and his son and finds menial work in a French abattoir. Years later, he receives a call informing him of his son’s death and returns to London to attend his funeral. Was Liam’s fall from his balcony just an accident?
His spy sense suggests maybe not. He thus begins his rogue investigation searching the late night hangouts of bars and clubs where he tries to become familiar with his son’s lifestyle. Interviewing the wealthy head of the software design firm that employed Liam provides no enlightenment. In need of a weapon, he is drawn back into the seedy underworld where he was once submerged while working undercover as an agent. Eventually he makes contact with his former boss, Dame Ingrid Tearney, head of the British Intelligence Service at Regent Park. His meet with Tearney sheds no more light on his son’s death than did Liam’s boss and coworkers. Searching for the truth is never easy when it involves criminals from the underworld, drug dealers, or his old colleagues in British Intelligence where the “double and triple cross” are far from unusual.
The ending packs a powerful punch and will leave readers the bottom line always about money?
Herron’s plot is sly and unpredictable; the story is tight, gripping, and suspenseful. An excellent book written by an outstanding author.

Dec 12, 2015

I really enjoy Mick Herron's writing. He can be economical with his words, while still getting the point across. He's able to ratchet up the tension w/o leaning too heavily on gore. This book is a rare stand alone title and as such, a great place to begin exploring this author's work.

Apr 27, 2015

Great book. Eloquent writer. Not too much "fluffy" description. Just succinct and well-worded. My husband said his writing reminded him of works by Hemingway.

Mar 18, 2015

A fantastic novel, with a gripping plot. I considered the ending, although brilliant, not entirely satisfactory, because of the protocol she mentions [have to read it to understand that], but all in all, still top notch! This is a reality-based book, which is why it is so good. Not the reality one sees on TV or the movies or those godforsaken PBS so-called documentaries funded by the Koch brothers, but the way it really works. No national security, it is all about the money. No God, Queen and Country, it is all about the money. Something an idiot like story-telling Brian Williams, or a blithering moron like Dan Rather, or pipsqueek brain like Tom Brokaw or Charlie Rose and company, will never tell you, because they cannot read that from their teleprompters!


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