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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Here, jaded shoppers trudged from one outlet to the next, their passage made hazardous by the slick wet floor; here, the exhausted paused to rest on the concrete ledge surrounding the water feature, in which a styrofoam cupbobbed, ...
... but what are you gunna do— explain to Jackson Lamb that some heavy duty cap-ex was required if Slough House was to come crawling out of the nineties? ... He paused for a moment, allowing that scenario to take shape: “Jackson, ...
Putting the most recently sorted stack of papers down—not that “sorted” was the right word, their category being “documents without a date"—Moira Tregorian paused in her efforts and 14 M I C K H E R R O N.
“documents without a date"—Moira Tregorian paused in her efforts and surveyed her new domain. Her office was on the top floor; it was the one vacated by her predecessor, and nearest Mr. Lamb's. The personal possessions Catherine ...
And that flickering streetlamp: no doubt its innards had been tampered with, the better to insert some surveillance device. He waited. Of all the sounds in the wood, all the damp rustlings and furtive scratchings, none paused, ...
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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