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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And while it was true that national security had been stepped up to the highest notch, things hadn't yet reached the pass where anyone was screaming down a telephone: “Get me the slow horses!” Louisa said, “If there was something we ...
David Cartwright skirted it unsteadily, one careful footstep after another along what remained of the kerb: little more than a series of narrow stepping stones. The hedgerow shivered at his passage, and tipped a pint of water straight ...
But it's clear he had no idea what he and his friends were stepping into.” A wave of the hand to indicate that the film should roll forward again. “So. The music starts, and everyone strips off their coats and starts dancing.
She stepped back into the room. “Sorry about that.” Whelan was gathering his papers into a pile, slipping them inside a cardboard folder. “Serious?” “Not Westacres. A former agent—David Cartwright?” “Of course. I never met him, ...
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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