In CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron's chillingly plausible first standalone, “there is no hiding under the desk” (The New York Times Book Review).
When a gunman breaks into South Oxford Nursery School and takes a group of hostages, teacher Louise Kennedy fears the worst. But Jaime Segura isn’t there on a homicidal mission, and he’s just as scared as those whose lives he holds as collateral. As an armed police presence builds outside the school’s gates, the only person Jaime will talk to is Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with Jaime’s lover, Miro. Miro’s gone missing, along with a quarter of a billion pounds allotted for reconstruction work in Iraq. Jaime refuses to believe that Miro is a thief—though he’s always had his secrets. But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages—and so do some people on the outside, who’d much rather Jaime was silenced.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Praise for Reconstruction
“Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way, which is why his new novel, Reconstruction, reads as much like a puzzle mystery as it does a thriller . . . unpleasant things are bound to happen, and they do—but not until Herron has finished surprising us.” —The New York Times Book Review
"Masterful . . . How Herron is able to tie all these events together will test the sleuthing ability of even the most savvy readers as one surprise engenders another. The intricate plot, coupled with Herron’s breezy writing style . . . results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Ingenious and heartfelt." —Kirkus Reviews
"In Herron's complex story everyone is a reconstructionist, either of their own baggage or of other people's lives or of the events around them . . . Spellbinding." —Mysterious Reviews
“Reconstruction sizzles and dazzles as readers slowly become more fully aware of the unique relationships between complex characters in this complicated tale.”—BookLoons
Praise for Mick Herron "Stylish and engaging." —Washington Post
“Tough, bright and highly promising.” —Chicago Tribune “Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible.” —Daily Telegraph