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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But while his door remains unused, River's office is not empty, for his new colleague—a slow 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 ...
River said, “He might have been pulling her leg.” “Cruel, even for Lamb.” “I dunno. Actually taking her to lunch would be crueller. Besides, taking her—paying for it? How likely is that?” Lamb had a distinctly droit de seigneur approach ...
Lamb might as well have pulled a string on his back. In place of an answer, Lamb produced the belch that had been brewing for the past five minutes. “Very convincing, sir. But I'm going to need to see something laminated.
Blood and shit were more prominent: besides, the trigger had been pulled on this scene easily a couple of hours ago. “He was carrying this.” Flyte handed him a laminated card, much like the one he'd shown the policeman, but fresher, ...
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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