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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He'd arrived, as usual, in a terrific mood: swanned in wearing a brand-new jacket (waist-length black leather—when you've got it, flaunt it!) and popped the tab on a Red Bull which he chug-alugged while his kit warmed up.
Being a tactful kind of guy, he'd managed to convey to her without having to put it into actual words that the Rod was off-limits—that Rod's rod was not in her future—and give her her due, she'd managed to accept that without too much ...
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, but such straightforward judgments seemed less ...
“That ever happens to me,” he'd instructed River more than once, “shoot me like a horse.” “Exactly like a horse,” River would reply drily. Dammit, that was the name they gave them, there at Slough House.The slow horses.
And he'd be the last to know.” “Even Ho–” Shirley said, “Seriously, trust me. Last to know.” “Yeah, okay,” Marcus said. “But he seems convinced.” He directed a sour look towards the doorway, and Ho's office beyond.
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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