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The Nursery

book | Fiction | Sep 2019

Lex Tyler is trying to have it all. But being a working mother is so much more difficult when you're a secret agent for an underground branch of the security services. Platform Eight have been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6 who has been selling information to the highest bidder through a headhunting website for the criminal underworld that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people with a simple right swipe. Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail, and agents die.

Lex's own home life is not much easier. With a husband who rings her in the middle of a gunfight to complain she's yet again forgotten to pick up his dry-cleaning, and a two-year-old daughter who has a newfound love of biting, surviving both the Terrible Twos and a traitor might just be too much for one exhausted mother to handle. 

Red Sparrow meets Mick Herron in this gripping and witty page-turner about having it all, keeping it all and surviving it all.


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Like many good comic ideas, the central joke – that it is more of a strain to be a competent mother than a professional killer – starts off being funny because of its self-evident absurdity, and ends up being funny because the author has convinced us it’s true, and the joke’s on us because our easy assumptions have prevented us from realising it...Mackay is a very welcome addition to the ranks of new writers who are freeing espionage fiction from the stranglehold of solemnity.

Jake Kerridge
The Telegraph

I so enjoyed this funny, tense, and thrilling read, with a kick-ass main character.

Claire McGowan, author of The Silent Dead

Asia Mackay continues to blaze a trail through the spy genre. Edgy and unforgettable, The Nursery sees Lex Tyler and the team in fierce (and fabulous) form. I couldn’t love this series more.

Chris Whitaker,author of Tall Oaks

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