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User 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

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User Review  - Ken-Me-Old-Mate - LibraryThing

This review is repeated for all the books in the Slough House series: Slow Horses Dead Lions The List Real Tigers Spook Street London Rules I’m on holiday in Australia and like all good holidays I ... Read full review

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User Review  - ericlee - LibraryThing

Let me start by saying that having now read the first four books in the Jackson Lamb/Slough House series, I think we can pretty well give up on any expectation that the plots are going to get any more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Mick Herron’s series of espionage novels featuring Jackson Lamb and his team of ‘slow horses’ goes from strength to glorious strength. The ‘slow horses’ are intelligence officers who have been cast ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

River's grandfather is showing signs of dementia and appears to have shot and killed River, but (thankfully) it isn't quite that simple. Very much in the vein of the earlier instalments in this series ... Read full review

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User Review  - RowingRabbit - LibraryThing

5/5 on the Hoot-meter I tried, I really tried. The plan was to make it last. Read a few chapters, put it down, then repeat. Right…..I read it in a day because I was just having too much fun. When a ... Read full review

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“Slough House was a branch of the Service, certainly, but ‘arm’ was pitching it strong. As was ‘finger’, come to that; fingers could be on the button or on the pulse. Fingernails, now: those you clipped, discarded, and never wanted to see again. So Slough House was a fingernail of the Service: a fair step from Regent’s Park geographically, and on another planet in most other ways. Slough House was where you ended up when all the bright avenues were closed to you. It 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”
Spook Street is the fourth book in the Slough House series by British author, Mick Herron. Jackson Lamb is hungover, par for the course, but not the best state for dealing with a problem of this magnitude. David Cartwright, Service legend and grandfather of one of his Slough House crew, has apparently shot his grandson. River Cartwright had been worried that the O.B., subsiding into dementia, would do something silly and dangerous, and that does seem to be what has now happened.
Elsewhere in London, Security Services are investigating a flash-mob gathering targeted by a suicide bomber that left forty-two dead. The two events would appear to be unrelated, but the identities of those involved begin to suggest otherwise. Bad Sam Chapman, David Cartwright’s back-up, back in the day, is now working as a PI, but a man with his Service training knows when he’s being followed. They may be “…exiled to Slough House with the other catastrophes of the intelligence world; sentenced to plough away at a series of unpromising projects with no end in sight…” but when the Slough House crew realise someone is trying to kill Sam, Jackson decides they are “operational”.
Herron gives his characters smart, snappy dialogue; his plot is imaginative but believable, with several twists and turns to keep it interesting; there’s plenty of humour, much of it black, some relying on double meaning or innuendo that will have readers snickering, giggling and laughing out loud. As the fourth instalment of a series, it doubtless contains some spoilers for earlier books, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. But almost certainly, many readers will be seeking out the rest of the series. Clever and original, this is brilliant British spy fiction.
With thanks to Bookstr and Hachette Australia for this copy to read and review.
 


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