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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So naturally it was here Samit mostly lingered, the better to scrutinise the punters. For whom he had little fondness. If Westacres was a temple, as he'd heard it described, its worshippers were lax in their observations.
... horse for some two months now— sits within, slumped in his chair, the hood of his hoodie pulled over his head. Apart from his fingers he is still, but these move unceasingly, his keyboard pushed aside the better to accommodate this, ...
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 ...
Life's better with a trowel in your hand. Gardening, come to that, was what he'd been doing first time he'd laid eyes on River. Funny way to meet your grandson, already seven years old. River's mother's fault, he'd thought then, ...
... of course; that it was all about guts and glory—truth was, it was all about flesh and blood. Medals weren't won in the sunshine. Backs were stabbed in the dark. It was a messy business, and maybe the boy was better off out of it ...
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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