Slow Horses

Slow Horses

Book - 2010
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The first book in CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning British espionage series starring a team of MI5 agents united by one common bond: They've screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves.

London, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle--not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another.

River Cartwright, one such "slow horse," is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But is the victim who he first appears to be? And what's the kidnappers' connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone has his own agenda.
Publisher: New York : SohoConstable ; London : Constable, 2010
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781569476437
Branch Call Number: FICTION Herron, Mick
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 17, 2019

this story unpeeled like an onion, layer upon layer. moscow rules, london rules, subterfuge and double crosses, who will come out the winner (for now?) what a fun book!

Jul 05, 2019

I liked this, a little hard to get into at first. Spies in London.

May 20, 2019

1st of Slough House series
2 - Slow Horses (2010)
3 - Dead Lions (2013)
4 - The List (2015)
5- Real Tigers (2016)
6 - Spook Street (2017)
7 -London Rules(2018)
8 - The Drop (2018)
9 -Joe Country

Jun 11, 2018

This first installment in the "Jackson Lamb" series has me hooked! Mick Herron's writing is intelligent, face-paced and liberally sprinkled with deadpan British humor and vocabulary; a comedic LeCarre. Scenes are descriptive and effectively transport the reader. The story moves quickly and weaves a number of simultaneous threads together that involve disgraced MI-5 agents who have been put out to pasture in dismal dead-end Slough (rhymes with "cow") House with mind-numbing tasks in the hopes they'll peel off. Jackson Lamb, Slough House's nominal leader is a shuffling, uncivil, washed-up shadow​, but proves he has a cool head when his agents get into deep water. Amongst the seemingly fruitless data they sift, they unwittingly uncover a covert op designed to put a foreign power in the Crown's debt, but without a Plan B in place it turns into a debacle when an agent is exposed. The team, all of which are held in contempt by agents and "achievers" at headquarters, have interesting quirks and backstory that are examined in light detail and help fill out the story nicely. I had brief intervals of re-reading when I realized the author had switched to a different thread of the story, but this should not deter you, because the voices of the characters make it obvious pretty quickly. Ultra fast read, augmented by a well-narrated audiobook version during my commute. Already started on the sequel, Dead Lions, a CWA Gold Dagger Award (2013).​

Jul 17, 2017

enjoyed reading all 3 novels

May 24, 2017

Mystery series first book tells of a group of has-been MI-5 operatives known as ‘slow horses’ who become involved in a seeming terrorist kidnapping.

A lot is not known for a while as Herron fills readers in on characters’ backstories and unfolds the mystery, so I’d say this is a slow-paced story. It’s funny at times as these are characters with foibles. I’ll have to read more before deciding to stay with them.

Apr 17, 2017

See comments of Spook Street. Same cast of characters. Herron is a brilliant writer and the British English and London street scene descriptions are great. I suspect that all books in the Slough House series are similar. MI5 rejects working in a rundown part of the city not only fight crime but the higher-ups at Regent's Park.

JCLKatyW Mar 27, 2017

While this book was written a couple of years ago, it brings up situations that are really pertinent to what is going on in the world right now. A group of MI5 agents who have messed up their careers in one way or another, called Slow Horses, are put in the middle of a crisis where right wing British nationalist have kidnapped a Pakistani British national (who happens to be the nephew of a prominent person in Pakistan's government) and threatened to cut his head off. The Slow Horses must find out who is really behind the attacks and try to rescue the young Pakistani man before he is executed live on the internet.

Gail49 Feb 09, 2016

slow going but ended up intersting

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 21, 2016

Slough House is where disgraced MI5 agents are sent; aka "Slow Horses". River Cartwright has just been sent there; and he's trying to get out. Good action adventure yarn. Beginning of series

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