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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After a few minutes more, she said, “It wasn't as bad as you said.” “You lasted less than seven seconds.” “Bollocks.That was about half an hour, and—" “Seven seconds, first drops to whatever it was you said. Blurgh? Blargh?
The odd red strand among the black, but nothing a little tweezer-work couldn't handle, and if it wasn't entirely symmetrical, five minutes with the old kitchen scissors soon had things on track. Looking this good took effort.
... on were disposed of once they died; that the stationery they got through at a rate of knots was replenished weekly, and a log kept of who was taking what, because Moira Tregorian wasn't born blind and she wasn't born stupid.
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
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