Spook Street

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Soho Press, 2017 - Fiction - 320 pages
3 Reviews
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 CWA GOLD DAGGER FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL AND IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER FOR BEST THRILLER

A shakeup at MI5 and a terrorist attack on British soil set in motion clandestine machinery known to few modern spies. David Cartwright isn't a modern spy, however; he's legend and a bonafide Cold War hero. He's also in his dotage and losing his mind to Alzheimer's. His stories of "stotes" hiding in the bushes, following his every move have been dismissed by friends and family for years. Cartwright may be losing track of reality but he's certain about one thing: Old spooks don't go quietly and neither do the secrets they keep.


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 questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Home Office to watch him.

But River has other things to worry about. A bomb has detonated in the middle of a busy shopping center and killed forty innocent civilians. The agents of Slough House have to figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.
 

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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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
35
Section 4
50
Section 5
70
Section 6
87
Section 7
109
Section 8
129
Section 10
165
Section 11
185
Section 12
202
Section 13
217
Section 14
237
Section 15
256
Section 16
273
Section 17
291

Section 9
149

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About the author (2017)

Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of the novels Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, Smoke and Whispers, Reconstruction, Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Nobody Walks, and Real Tigers, as well as the novella The List. His work has been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and CWA Steel Dagger Awards, and he has won an Ellery Queen Readers Award and the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Oxford and works in London.

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