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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They escaped, but before they disappeared into their separate rooms River said, “So, you okay for later?” “Yeah, no, what? Later?” “Quick drink,” said River. “Thing is—” Here it comes, thought Louisa. “—I'm worried about my grandfather.
“—I'm worried about my grandfather.” Though the rain had stopped, it still shook from the trees when the wind blew, spattering the windows, and still dripped from the guttering over the porch, which was thick with leaves.
“He's your grandfather. Of course you're upset.” “Yeah.” He looked at his watch. “And I ought to make a move.” “You're going to see him now?" “Yep. Thanks, Louisa. For, you know. Listening.” “Well. We should stick together.
His grandfather thought about her often, he knew. He would ask River, carefully offhand, “whether he'd heard from his mother"—never using “Isobel,” as if this would presume a deeper acquaintance than they shared.
His grandfather was covering his lapse like a pro; echoing statements River had made; offering bland follow-ups that concealed his ignorance. The O.B. had never been a joe. But he had lived his life among them, and knew how to adapt.
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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