What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don’t remember they’re secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good?
These are the paranoid concerns of David Cartwright, a Cold War–era operative and one-time head of MI5 who is sliding into dementia, and questions his grandson, River, must figure out answers to now that the spy who raised him has started to forget to wear pants. But River, himself an agent at Slough House, MI5’s outpost for disgraced spies, has other things to worry about. A bomb has detonated in the middle of a busy shopping center and killed forty innocent civilians. The “slow horses” of Slough House must figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.
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Emma Flyte was the new Head Dog, in charge of the Service's internal police squad.The Dogs sniffed out all manner of heresies, from the sale of secrets to injudicious sexual encounters: the honeytrap was older than chess, but stupidity ...
Flyte handed him a laminated card, much like the one he'd shown the policeman, but fresher, newer. When he held it at the right angle, its hologram configured into something like River Cartwright's face. “Uh-huh.
“Well, that's the thing,” said Emma Flyte after a pause. “We have no idea.” “I thought you said he had a button. Did nobody mention they're traceable?” “Thanks, I'll make a note. But I've already traced his particular button to the ...
“So you're the boss of the famous Slough House," Flyte said. “Isn't that where they keep the rejects?” “They don't like to be called that.” “So what do you call them?” “Rejects,” said Lamb. He broke off his study of the darkness and ...
“No, really,” Emma Flyte murmured to his back. “You had me at “fuck.” In London, dawn broke along the familiar fault-lines, grey light seeping through cracks, drawing round the edges of the tallest buildings.The forecast was for more ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RonWelton - LibraryThing
In Mick Herron's Spook Street Slough House "was where they sent you when they wanted you to go away, but didn’t want to sack you in case you got litigious about it." To David Cartwright ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Ameise1 - LibraryThing
The fourth volume in the 'Slough House' series didn't disappoint either. Actually, all employees are on the sidelines and yet it is they who make British intelligence look old. This time, too, an ... Read full review