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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The rest of the time he offered directions, helped locate wandering infants, and once—he still thought about this, often—chased and apprehended a shoplifter. There was no such excitement this afternoon. The air was damp and miserable, ...
... Moira Tregorian currently being the room's sole occupant: her monologue consists of single, emphatic syllables—a “tchah”here, a "duh"there—interspersed with the odd unfractured phrase, never thought I'd see the day and what on earth ...
I thought you'd have worked that out by now. 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 ...
Probably a figure of speech, thought Shirley, but possibly a treat in store. Marcus being Marcus, it could go either way. Had he been aware that he was the subject of his colleagues'violent fantasies, Roderick Ho would have put it down ...
But she also thought it might be best to head him offif it looked like he was going to say anything. “Doing anything later?”he asked. “Yeah, no, what? Later?” “'Cause there's something I want to talk to you about, only here's maybe not ...
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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