Slow Horses (Slough House Series #1)

Slow Horses (Slough House Series #1)

by Mick Herron


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616954161
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Series: Slough House Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 41,710
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series (Slow HorsesDead LionsReal TigersSpook StreetLondon Rules, and the novella The List) and four Oxford mysteries (Down Cemetery RoadThe Last Voice You HearWhy We Die, and Smoke and Whispers), as well as the standalone novels Reconstruction, Nobody Walks and This Is What Happened. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time.

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Slow Horses 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What i said. This guy can turn a phrase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So lucky to find this site book. Enjoy British novels
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Slow Horses is the first novel in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron. Slough House is a repository for inconvenient or incompetent spooks: the spies who have caused embarrassment by leaving a sensitive disc in a tube station or had an affair with the Venezuelan ambassador’s wife, or closed down Kings Cross Station in a training exercise. The “Slow Horses” are banished from Regent’s Park to Slough House where the hope is to bore the dead weights into jumping ship, to get them to quit the Service, ground into submission by routine tasks. The current staff of nine are assigned riveting assignments like combing Twitter feeds, monitoring overseas student attendances, scanning through mobile phone conversations and comparing real estate purchases with immigration records, by their boss, Jackson Lamb. Does this make for a harmonious workplace? Indeed it does not! They may all be equally frustrated at their exclusion from real ops, but they barely tolerate each other, and their dislike for their boss is thinly (if at all) veiled. When the newsfeeds show a youth of Pakistani extraction being threatened with beheading by an obscure right-wing extremist group, slow horse River Cartwright immediately makes a connection to the right-wing former journalist whose garbage bag he was assigned to examine as a harmless errand for the Park. Hungry for action, River decides he has to do something, but his covert surveillance does not end well. Before long, the Slough House crew find themselves in a race against time to save the boy (with their talents? Unlikely!) and to avoid being scapegoats for an op gone horribly wrong (virtually impossible!). Herron gives the reader a fast-paced spy novel of a very different sort. The premise is original, and the execution is inspired. The characters are all credibly flawed, their dialogue is full of dry wit, and there is plenty of humour, most of it very black and very British, with an abundance of laugh out loud moments. There are twists and red herrings and the reader will find it hard not to cheer these misfits on as they do their best. Readers will be pleased to learn there are three and a half further volumes of this series for their entertainment and enjoyment. A brilliant read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a spools' story, in the tradition of Len Deighton and John LeCarre (although much better than some of the latest of his) superbly written and the drawn out. It also opens a window of the Brithish character I was sorry when I reached the end. Highly recommended for aficionados of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A smart-mouthed version of John Le Carré's jaundiced view of the backstabbing world of international espionage. MI-5 has exiled its drunks, incompetents, rule-breakers and assorted screw-ups to the internal Coventry of "Slough House" ("because you might as well have been assigned to [the dismal London suburb of] Slough") and they have inevitably become known as the "Slow Horses" to the rest of Regent's Park elite spies. But some of the slow horses aren't so slow after all, and they catch on pretty quick when some pretty dire hanky-panky is underway at HQ. Fascinating and fun.
bkloverCO More than 1 year ago
Good story, mired in spy history, convoluted relationships, but rolled into some great action.
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knaresPF More than 1 year ago
finished this last night , it was excellent. Reminds me of early deighton & le care. Will try and get others in the series