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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... things on his mind, tiptoeing around a different conversation entirely. Louisa wondered if he was going to ask her for a date, and what she'd say if he did. Almost certainly no. She'd got to know him this past 16 M I C K H E R R O N.
She'd got to know him this past half year, and his virtues stacked up well against the other locals: he wasn't married like Marcus, a creep like Ho, or a possible psychopath like his new room-mate. On the other hand, he wasn't Min ...
It slid past him like smoke, nothing he could get a grip on. Tucking himself into his raincoat—the Barbour made him feel he was pretending to be country folk—and leaving his umbrella hanging like a bat on its hook, he let himself out ...
He waved a greeting at his neighbours' house, though its windows were dark, and squelched past the bus-shelter, where a newspaper lay plastered to the floor. Torn images of parental grief screamed up. A streetlamp flickered uncertainly, ...
Even now, he could make out shapes from the past behind the headlines, like predators glimpsed through murky waters. Twenty years retired, and he still knew when there were stoats on his trail. His neighbours' house shouldn't be empty ...
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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