London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.
As the agents dig into the circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?
©2013 Mick Herron (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Brilliant book. Brilliant narration. Buy it. Don't look back, you'll love it if you love intelligent, sharp, original, dark, witty thrillers
"Good Brit MI5 drama"
There is a plodding nature about the series about the Slow Horses of Slough house which is captivating. It is a little like Le Carre, with more humour. I enjoyed it.
"Very clever story"
I struggled a little to get all the characters straight in my head to start but as the story unfolds the different roles became clear. Very clever, lots of twists, I couldn't put it down.
I would definitely recommend this book. It was my first thriller in some time and was a great choice. Sean Barrett is a fantastic narrator, bringing enormous character and humour to the dialogue. I will definitely be seeking this narrator and author again,
"A small beginning to get to the bigger picture"
As always an excellent narrative by Sean Barrett who smooth, rich voice eases the horrors of sudden death or near deaths.
Mick Herron's Slough House crowd, all of whom have lost the right to be active agents, are a bunch of losers and misfits resentful of their outcast status from the frontline spies or spooks in Regent's Park. Lamb's instincts and his "team's" fishing expeditions build a far from benign picture that, almost despite themselves, they rescue the City from the brink of disaster. Strangely or sadly, yet again they are unable to claim the credit or cover themselves with glory; they are the "Slow Horses" and unlikely to the heroes of any story or so Regent's Park think!
There is also a keen humourous streak that keeps you amused and laughing despite everything.
I am enjoying this series!
"No John Le Carre!"
I liked the idea behind the book, it was a good premise, but failed to follow through. I disliked some of the characters and found others badly drawn so had no interest in them.
He was pleasant enough.
Return to quality writers of the genre. Re listening to Le Carre confirmed how sketchily written this was and how little I cared for the characters.
"The Slow Horses are maxed out."
Having listened to the original book in the series, I had to find out what appalling indignities Jackson Lamb could inflict on his staff.
I suppose the subject matter is comparable to Le Carre, totally different style though.
Gripping, especially considering that the characters are pretty evenly split between the sexes.
Loved it, great trepidation felt as it reached the end though.
"007 with attitude"
Yes very well narrated
Jackson Lamb every time
Had the audio set up in my car and listened between appointments, just kept driving...
Keep writing these they are great
"A powerful story"
Good characters and quite a clever plot but seemed a bit too convenient in the end.
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