Slow Horses

Slow Horses

Paperback - 2015
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Publisher: London : John Murray, [2015]
ISBN: 9781473641105
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 20 cm


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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

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).​

Jul 17, 2017

enjoyed reading all 3 novels

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.

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.

Gail49 Feb 09, 2016

slow going but ended up intersting

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 21, 2016

Slough House is where disgraced MI5 agents are sent; aka "Slow Horses". River Cartwright has just been sent there; and he's trying to get out. Good action adventure yarn. Beginning of series

SFPL_danielay Dec 24, 2015

River Cartwright has been banished to Slough House - the British intelligence service's dumping ground for agents that have messed up. This usually means working at incredibly boring tasks but the slow horses of Slough House get to prove their are not that slow after all when a young man is abducted. If you enjoyed the movie "Kingsmen" you'll enjoy the ride.


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