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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... about half an hour, and—" “Seven seconds, first drops to whatever it was you said. Blurgh? Blargh?” He banged his hand on his keyboard, and the screensaver vanished. “Not our agreed safety word, by the way.” “But you stopped anyway.
Anyway,” and he indicated the chair she'd been sitting on, “better shift that into Ho's office.” “Why?" “It broke.” “Oh. Yeah. Think he'll snitch?” “Notif he values that bum-fluff he calls a beard,” said Marcus, briefly stroking his own ...
He could not remember how he had answered this question, which, anyway, was not a question. He had the feeling he'd simply sat, fingers twitching in his lap. Reaching for a tune that swirled around his head. Coe wasn't sure when this ...
“Moira, anyway,” she said. “That's an oldies' name. Your aunt's called Moira.” “I don't have any aunts.” “You know what I mean, though.” “Unless I do,” River continued. “I might have, come to think of it.” “Yeah, cause who's got time to ...
“Not a big presence, anyway. My grandparents brought me up.” “David Cartwright.” “The one and only. Rose, my nan—she died a while ago.” “And now you're worried about him.” “Yes,” River said. “I'm worried about him.” “Getting forgetful?
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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
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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