Slow Horses

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Who can you trust when nothing's as it seems?

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Who can you trust when nothing's as it seems?

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Publishers Weekly
Banished to London’s Slough House—the junkyard for disgraced MI5 agents—for botching a high-profile training exercise, River Cartwright spends his days sifting through garbage and transcribing phone conversations in Herron’s riveting spy thriller. His boss, Jackson Lamb, who governs Slough House as if it’s his own kingdom, makes sure the “slow horses” know they’ll never get back to high-profile work at Regent’s Park. River, bored with his tedious assignments, discovers that one of his fellow agents has been lifting information from Robert Hobden, a well-known journalist. When a Muslim teenager is kidnapped and a video promising to decapitate him appears online, River wonders if it’s connected to Hobden, who has ties to the extremist British Patriotic Party. Herron (Smoke & Whispers) avoids the easy cliché of misfits banding together to right a wrong, instead painting his slow horses as complex characters who are just as fallible as their “faster” counterparts. (June)
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Praise for Mick Herron:

"Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way. . . . In Herron's book, there is no hiding under the desk."—The New York Times Book Review

"Stylish and engaging."—The Washington Post

"[A] masterful thriller. . . . The intricate plot, coupled with Herron's breezy writing style, results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Like a good movie . . . grabs the reader from the first page."—Booklist, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476437
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Witty and Cynical Spy Novel

    A smart-mouthed version of John Le Carré's jaundiced view of the backstabbing world of international espionage.

    MI-5 has exiled its drunks, incompetents, rule-breakers and assorted screw-ups to the internal Coventry of "Slough House" ("because you might as well have been assigned to [the dismal London suburb of] Slough") and they have inevitably become known as the "Slow Horses" to the rest of Regent's Park elite spies. But some of the slow horses aren't so slow after all, and they catch on pretty quick when some pretty dire hanky-panky is underway at HQ. Fascinating and fun.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    finished this last night , it was excellent. Reminds me of early

    finished this last night , it was excellent. Reminds me of early deighton & le care. Will try and get others in the series

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