Slow Horses Pdf is a Mystery Thriller novel By The Talented Mick Herron. This novel is the first book in CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning British espionage series starring a team of MI5 agents united by one common bond: They’ve screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves.
Slow Horses Summary
London, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another.
River Cartwright, one such “slow horse,” is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But 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 has his own agenda.
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About Mick Herron Author of Slow Horses Pdf Book
Mick Herron Author of Slow Horses Pdf was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series as well as a mystery series set in Oxford featuring Sarah Tucker and/or P.I. Zoë Boehm. He now lives in Oxford and works in London.
Slow Horses pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Soho Crime; Deluxe edition (November 24, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641292970
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641292979
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.04 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #139 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books)
- #158 in Assassination Thrillers (Books)
- #195 in Cozy Animal Mysteries
- Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6,984 ratings
Slow Horses Book Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cynical Story Set In British Spy Realm
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2022
It is hard to read this book about intelligence agency outcasts and not think about the Department Q books by Jussi Adler-Olsen or the Awkward Squad books by Sophie Henaff. The Department Q books have an unusual mix of darkness, quirky, and humor. The Awkward Squad book are serious crimes but also highly humorous. Slow Horses is missing the humor. Its tone is cynical. The people relegated to Slough House (hence Slow Horses) each have a reason for their exile. In some cases, the exile was earned. In other instances, the individual was set up to take a fall. At Slough House, by design, there is very little investigation or meaningful work, so it is not unusual for agents to quit. The book begins with a description of the scenario that resulted in the exile of ace agent River Cartwright to Slough House. Then it makes an abrupt jump to where the action begins for this novel with the kidnapping of a young Englishman of Pakistani heritage. The kidnappers are streaming video of the captive with the threat that they will decapitate him online by an arbitrary deadline. The Slough House group becomes involved without official authority. In fact, the relationship between Slough House and MI5 is strained at best and adversarial at worst. No trust among spooks and that policy is well justified here. As the first book in an apparently very successful series, the reader is just meeting the continuing characters, and getting up to speed on the setup, which makes for a slow start. The characters are an interesting and dysfunctional group that does not operate well as a team. It might be interesting to see if they coalesce into a cooperative team through the series. After a slow start, the pacing is steady, and the pages turn at a reasonable pace. I expect to read the second book, and I might look for the televised adaptation.
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in British spy series is witty and entertainingR
eviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
Having read the latest book in this spy series, I went back to read the first to see if it was as enjoyable. The answer is yes. This first book introduces the reader to a cast of characters, most of them British spies (MI5) who have been sidelined for various mistakes they made in field operations. They have been relegated to Slough House, a run-down building compared to the other agents’ lodgings in Regent’s Park.
Jackson Lamb is the head of the Slough House group, derisively known as the “slow horses.” Lamb is opposed to personal hygiene and is challenging to get along with. He is, however, a formidable spy. His team gets the clerical drudgery work. All his group yearns to be back in action in the field and to be taken seriously. River Cartwright is a relatively new team member. He arrived at Slough House after a professional rival sabotaged an assignment he was running. Cartwright was blamed.
His latest task has been to collect the household trash of a retired investigative journalist, Robert Hobden. Cartwright upends the garbage in his office, rooting through eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, and used tissues to find clues. Of what, he’s not sure. Lamb wasn’t specific. His attractive officemate, Sid, however, has bested him by copying a flash drive of Hobden’s computer files. Cartwright is both maddened and energized. Then Lamb sends him to deliver Sid’s prize to his nemesis at Regent’s Park, the one who got him sent to Slough House. He is not well pleased.
Meanwhile, a critical situation is developing that has British intelligence’s attention. A boy named Hassan Ahmed has been abducted off the street on his way to a comedy club. In a live feed, the kidnappers show Ahmed bound to a chair and state they will behead Ahmed in 48 hours. No other information is given. Another party listening to the live feed is Robert Hobden, whose journalistic instincts kick in, and he begins chasing the story. He has inside information.
Cartwright and Sid are on Hobden’s trail, sure that he has information that could help their efforts. While they watch Hobden, intruders break into Hobden’s apartment. The two agents move into action. One of them is shot and doesn’t get up. In the chaos that follows, Lamb and his team start looking much closer to home rather than at an unknown terrorist or neo-fascist group.
The author, Mick Herron, has a unique writing style that is both sharply witty and observant of human weaknesses. He offers a fast-paced plot and fleshed-out POV characters packaged with a generous dollop of British humor. If you’re looking for a supremely entertaining spy story, you need to read this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2022
Mick Herron is sometimes touted as the new John Le Carre. I think this is a great disservice to Mr. Herron. For one thing, his books lack Le Carre’s pompous sense of self-importance. They also have more action, though it’s not Jason Bourne not-stop, over-the-top style action. They’re also a heck of a lot more fun to read. Herron’s style is wry and the dialogue is witty — sometimes laugh out loud funny. The characters are well developed, and Jackson Lamb is a classic. I’m nearing the end of the third book in this series now, and I’ll no doubt go through all eight. Possibly in a row. If you like spy stories, mysteries, or just good writing, you owe it to yourself to try the Slough House series. You won’t regret it.
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