Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who've screwed up cases in any number of ways - by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. 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.
Is the victim whom 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.
©2010 Mick Herron (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Great British spy story - battle between bureaucratic office politics players and carreer screw ups lead by a seedy unattractive has been. No James Bond in sight but great characters. Then of course there is kidnapping, murder and the threat of a live streamed beheading to keep things moving.
Have listened to the first 2 books in this highly enjoyable series. While I liked the 2nd book (dead lions) better as a story, Gerard Doyle really made the audio version a joy. Would highly recommend the book and series - would suggest you read them in order if you can.
The story line humps around a bit and I had a hard time discerning where the jumps were. Once I figured out we were on another characters plot line the characters were quite engrossing. I look forward to other books in this series.
With the classic feel of the great British spy novels Slow Horses excels creating a wonderful group of characters together with a thrilling story to make an excellent book with an excellent narrator. Highly recommended.
Although written in 2010, prescient in its politics, scarily so. Great characters, good plot and great reading. Thank you all. my kind of escape.
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