Slow Horses by Mick Herron audiobook

Slow Horses

By Mick Herron
Read by Gerard Doyle

Blackstone Publishing 9781616954161

The Slough House Series: Book 1

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Welcome to the thrilling and unnervingly prescient world of the slow horses. This team of MI5 agents is united by one common bond: They’ve screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves. London, England. Slough House is where 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 there. Maybe they botched an Op so badly they 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 have in common, though, is they 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. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the internet, the slow horses see an opportunity to redeem themselves. But is the victim really who he appears to be?

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

A People Magazine Best Book of Best Thrillers of All Time

A Nancy Pearl Pick for Best Reads of 2015

Welcome to the thrilling and unnervingly prescient world of the slow horses. This team of MI5 agents is united by one common bond: They’ve screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves.

London, England. Slough House is where 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 there. Maybe they botched an Op so badly they 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 have in common, though, is they 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.

When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the internet, the slow horses see an opportunity to redeem themselves. But is the victim really who he appears to be?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is blackly funny, tense, and worryingly plausible. The most enjoyable British spy novel in years.” Mail on Sunday (London) 5 stars
“Manages the rare feat of being comical, suspenseful, and perceptive.” New York Times
“A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story…Memorably seedy characters, sharp dialogue, complex plot.” The Guardian (London)
“Intricate plotting, full of twists…[with] Herron’s very black, very dry sense of humor.” Slate
“[A] deliciously sleazy and sophisticated spy thriller.”  Irish Times (Dublin)
“It’s just great fun.” NPR
“[A] crackling good spy-thriller farce…A wonderfully funny, farcical, deeply cynical skewering.” Booklist
“Paint[s] his slow horses as complex characters who are just as fallible as their ‘faster’ counterparts.” Publishers Weekly
“With Gerard Doyle’s unique vocal mix of classical theater training, Estuary English, and a world-weary yet street-smart tone, one can practically feel the cold, rain-slicked streets of London…Doyle creates distinct voices for the many characters and is especially adept at keeping detailed conversations between male and female characters vital and clear.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 4/22/2018
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Well executed style

As read by Gerard Doyle, Herron’s style of quick cutting from one local and character to another sets him up as a unique writer of unexpected style. Even at its most violent moments, there is a smile that might come to your lips as he weaves this character’s irony and sense of humor into the heavier storyline. For example, Jackson Lamb, the main character, has a propensity for being antisocial, scruffy, scratching, drinking, smoking, and yes, farting. For a spy novel, given the story is comprised of a group of screw ups and very strange misfits in British Intelligence, there is much to be surprised at. The characters are quirky, yet spot-on serious when the real talking and planning begins. For those who like their stories with character surprises, there is much to appreciate in this book. Recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Mick Herron

Author Bio: Mick Herron

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of the Slough House espionage series, four Oxford mysteries, and several standalone novels. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 10.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English