Slow Horses : Slough House

  • by Mick Herron
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • Series: Slough House
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. 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 him.
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….

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Intelligence, wit and great plot

The idea of intelligence services maintaining influence and their budgets by encouraging a satisfactory threat level is not totally new, but when linked in with the notion of a home for reject, dissolute spies, you have the springboard for a very entertaining novel. With old, forgotten skills kicking in, in a manner vaguely reminiscent of 'Six Days of the Condor';, the hacks take on the best. Not wanting to spoil the plot I will leave it there. I have however, seen general criticism of Mick Herron's novels on other sites as 'overwritten'; and 'leaving too much unexplained'. Some books are so adrenaline driven that it is possible to ignore poor writing, lack of wit, or depth of character, although I do not forgive some of Dan Brown's unfortunately deathless prose. It is true, you will notice Herron's writing style, it stands out because it is a stand out. To have intelligence and wit along with a great plot is rare indeed. Also, if something is left slightly open at the end of a novel, do what the author does and make it up yourself. Enjoyed this immensely.
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- Kevin

Lecarre with a twist

Great narrator. Great turn of phrase by the author.
Not as densely plotted as le carre,and will certainly be reading more from this author.
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- Silver Surfer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2010
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books