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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Neither River nor Louisa could remember her complaining about anything, which, given her daily exposure to Jackson Lamb, indicated Mandela-like patience. Moira Tregorian might turn out to be many things, but spectral wasn't going to be ...
He could not remember how he had answered this question, which, anyway, was not a question. He had the feeling he'd simply sat, fingers twitching in his lap. Reaching for a tune that swirled around his head. Coe wasn't sure when this ...
Remember?”) And River was his most obvious asset, his most trusted fellow human. What if they replaced him too? He could open the door to his only grandson and find a viper slithering inside. If that happened, measures would have to be ...
“Yeah, cause who's got time to go around remembering whether they've got aunts?” He said, “Well, I never knew my father.” “Oh.” “Or if he had sisters. Or what they were called.” “Oh, right, yeah, did I know that? I think I knew that.
grandparents' doorstep when he was seven, and taken off for two years with a man whose name he couldn't remember. He wasn't confident she could, either. But her mercurial twenties were way behind her, and in her respectable widowhood, ...
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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