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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Anyway,” and he indicated the chair she'd been sitting on, “better shift that into Ho's office.” “Why?" “It broke.” “Oh. Yeah. Think he'll snitch?” “Notif he values that bum-fluff he calls a beard,” said Marcus, briefly stroking his own ...
It had been clear she'd taken a shine to him: embarrassing, but there it was—it wasn't like she was a total dog; in the right light, she cast a nice shadow, but she was old, midthirties, and when women got to that age, ...
Moira supposed that was why she'd been assigned here, to provide overdue backbone. Dust everywhere, of course. The whole building felt neglected; seemed to revel in the condition, as if the appearance of a duster might cause structural ...
And every so often, just to show there wasn't much she couldn't turn her hand to, she'd taken a shift as duty-officer: fielding emergency calls and what-not. None of it terribly complicated, if you asked her—but then, she was an office ...
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 ...
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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