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Slow Horses: Slough House Thriller 1 Kindle Edition
*Now a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*
'The most exciting development in spy fiction since the Cold War' The Times
Slough House is the outpost where disgraced spies are banished to see out the rest of their derailed careers. Known as the 'slow horses' these misfits have committed crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal while on duty.
In this drab and mildewed office these highly trained spies don't run ops, they push paper. Not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a slow horse and the one thing they have in common is they want to be back in the action.
When a boy is kidnapped and held hostage, his beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net. And whatever the instructions of their masters at the Intelligence Service headquarters, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch.
'Captivating' Christopher Brookmyre
'Wonderfully cynical' Bernard Cornwell
From the Publisher
Jackson Lamb Thriller Series, Slow Horses
You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game. Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper.
Slow Horses, Book 1
Dead Lions, Book 2
Real Tigers, Book 3
Spook Street, Book 4
Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively, they're about to rediscover their greatest strength - making a bad situation much, much worse.
London Rules, Book 5
Joe Country, Book 6
Slough House, Book 7
Bad Actors, Book 8
Praise for Mick Herron's Slough House series: (.)
The finest new crime series this Millennium (Mail on Sunday)
A pulsating spy thriller (Daily Express)
Mick Herron is the real deal (Irish Times)
If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers. Better still, read the whole series (Andrew Taylor, The Spectator)
Surely among the finest British spy fiction of the past 20 years (Metro)
With his poet's eye for detail, his comic timing and relish for violence, Herron fills a gap that has been yawning ever since Len Deighton retired (Daily Telegraph)
The most enjoyable spy novel in years (Mail on Sunday)
A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story (Guardian)
- ASIN : B00X61MZQC
- Publisher : Baskerville (8 Oct. 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 3990 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 824 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2022
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The book starts slowly. So slowly it is easy to give up on it before the plot gets going; I know I came close. At first, there is little to enjoy about these frustrated characters and their lives spiraling in ever decreasing circles of bitterness and mutual loathing. There are lots of interior monologues, lots of seeing the same thing from different angles and a certain amount of self indulgence on the author's part as he sets the scene with wordy relish. Herron's mannered style can grate on occasion but I'm glad I persevered. All these disparate strands come together and the story comes to life in the second half of the book. By the end I was cheering them on.
Do read if you like intricate plots, downbeat characters and unexpected heroes. Don't read if you are looking for action men, femmes fatales, car chases, pacy plotting or glamour.
I loved Jackson Lamb. Even though his behaviour is often really gross. I ought to find him totally offensive etc. etc. But his refusal to conform is heroic. And I suspect, as more of his back story is revealed in the follow on books to 'Slow Horses', I might forgive Mr Lamb for farting so much.
All the characters in 'Slow Horses' are full of life. I especially loved Roddy, Catherine and Hassan. And River and the O.B. Plus the politician who must be Boris Johnson. There's a great scene set in his Islington kitchen. It's all laughter and tears and the messy reality of human life. And spying. I'm sure spying has to be as dysfunctional as everything else in twenty first century London. Where I live and work btw.
Compulsive reading for me. I'm already half way through the second book in the series!
I don't want to be too critical as at times this is close to John le Carre in establishing mood, and certainly has some Smiley-esque characters. It's quite a feat to combine 21st century security risks and technology with Cold War noir, and by and large it works well enough for me to have a stab at Volume 2, which I just ordered. So far, so good.