Slow Horses

Slow Horses

Book - 2010
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"Slough House is Jackson Lamb's kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who've screwed up... They're the service's poor relations 'the slow horses' and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations. But when a young man is abducted, and it's threatened that he'll be beheaded live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. Is the victim who he first appears to be? And what's the kidnappers' connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone involved has their own agenda. And unless the slow horses can prove they're not as useless as they're thought to be, a young man's death is going to echo around the world."--Publisher description.
Publisher: London : Constable, 2010
Description: 329 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781849013109
1849013101
9781569476437
1569476438
9781616954161
Branch Call Number: Herr

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tjdickey
Apr 17, 2021

Anti-Fleming, and anti-Le Carre, this fresh novel delves deeper into Herron's satiric vision of an espionage outstation where bureaucracy punishes its own and leaves them to wither: Slough House, an island of misfit spies...

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JLMason
Apr 17, 2020

Le Carre is mentioned in passing in this competent homage to the master of the double-crossing, morally comprised spy genre. In this first book of the series, Jackson Lamb is introduced as the repellent anti-hero who navigates the treachery of his own service. The plot is intricate and well-woven. Some of the Brit spy speak banter was difficult to follow.

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midori_hon
Jul 17, 2019

this story unpeeled like an onion, layer upon layer. moscow rules, london rules, subterfuge and double crosses, who will come out the winner (for now?) what a fun book!

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mtipping
Jul 05, 2019

I liked this, a little hard to get into at first. Spies in London.

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DLarryK
May 20, 2019

1st of Slough House series
2 - Slow Horses (2010)
3 - Dead Lions (2013)
4 - The List (2015)
5- Real Tigers (2016)
6 - Spook Street (2017)
7 -London Rules(2018)
8 - The Drop (2018)
9 -Joe Country

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D_Kyle
Jun 11, 2018

This first installment in the "Jackson Lamb" series has me hooked! Mick Herron's writing is intelligent, face-paced and liberally sprinkled with deadpan British humor and vocabulary; a comedic LeCarre. Scenes are descriptive and effectively transport the reader. The story moves quickly and weaves a number of simultaneous threads together that involve disgraced MI-5 agents who have been put out to pasture in dismal dead-end Slough (rhymes with "cow") House with mind-numbing tasks in the hopes they'll peel off. Jackson Lamb, Slough House's nominal leader is a shuffling, uncivil, washed-up shadow​, but proves he has a cool head when his agents get into deep water. Amongst the seemingly fruitless data they sift, they unwittingly uncover a covert op designed to put a foreign power in the Crown's debt, but without a Plan B in place it turns into a debacle when an agent is exposed. The team, all of which are held in contempt by agents and "achievers" at headquarters, have interesting quirks and backstory that are examined in light detail and help fill out the story nicely. I had brief intervals of re-reading when I realized the author had switched to a different thread of the story, but this should not deter you, because the voices of the characters make it obvious pretty quickly. Ultra fast read, augmented by a well-narrated audiobook version during my commute. Already started on the sequel, Dead Lions, a CWA Gold Dagger Award (2013).​

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dmckenziehague
Jul 17, 2017

enjoyed reading all 3 novels

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EmilyEm
May 24, 2017

Mystery series first book tells of a group of has-been MI-5 operatives known as ‘slow horses’ who become involved in a seeming terrorist kidnapping.

A lot is not known for a while as Herron fills readers in on characters’ backstories and unfolds the mystery, so I’d say this is a slow-paced story. It’s funny at times as these are characters with foibles. I’ll have to read more before deciding to stay with them.

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tirjan
Apr 17, 2017

See comments of Spook Street. Same cast of characters. Herron is a brilliant writer and the British English and London street scene descriptions are great. I suspect that all books in the Slough House series are similar. MI5 rejects working in a rundown part of the city not only fight crime but the higher-ups at Regent's Park.

JCLKatyW Mar 27, 2017

While this book was written a couple of years ago, it brings up situations that are really pertinent to what is going on in the world right now. A group of MI5 agents who have messed up their careers in one way or another, called Slow Horses, are put in the middle of a crisis where right wing British nationalist have kidnapped a Pakistani British national (who happens to be the nephew of a prominent person in Pakistan's government) and threatened to cut his head off. The Slow Horses must find out who is really behind the attacks and try to rescue the young Pakistani man before he is executed live on the internet.

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Mar 12, 2020

A lot of questions go unanswered because Nobody thinks to ask.

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… there are some beliefs you're supposed to keep under wraps if you don't want to be excommunicated.

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There was no sense fighting the same battles twice.

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