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Joe Country

Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Slough House, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'We're spies,' said Lamb. 'All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.'

Like the ringing of a dead man's phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral....

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

This time, they're heading into joe country.

And they're not all coming home. 

©2019 Mick Herron (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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I like this series about the slow horses

I like this series about the slow horses, Mick Herron's style of writing and Sean Barrett's narration are easy to listen to. His character developments provide solid background and the pace quickens as his plots become more mysterious and sinister. Jackson Lamb, River Cartwright and others continue their day to day drudgery at Slough House, as punishment for professional failure, with ocassional ventures into the world of real spies and espionage. This one, involving multiple murders, sees Cartwright's grandfather buried, his estranged American father return and Lamb manipulate a covert foreign agent. This series is in my library's top tier.

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  • Reena
  • Bywong, Australia
  • 06-30-19

Don't Start Here...Get books 1 to 5 first

I've been waiting for the release of this book since last year. I had fears that it couldn't possibly live up to its predecessors but it was brilliant, as usual. Mick Herron is a master and works in some hilarious one-liners and that can't be easy when the topic (espionage) is so serious. Rich character development makes you feel like you know the main players. You'll be hooked after you start book 1.

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  • ThePuss
  • 06-30-19

A little disappointed...

Perhaps it was the anticipation... previously I was catching up with the series, but I didn't find this outing as satisfying as the previous ones. The final chapter wrapping up was too quickly done, as if the whole thing was written to a set length.
However the narration as ever was superb, and I think the "thinning out" of characters will help bring back the feeling of previous books.
I might have been a bit generous in my review score though. It was enjoyable but if you're new to Slough House and Jackson Lamb do start at the beginning of the series... please!

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  • Nickie Southgate
  • 07-16-19

Another stunner!

Jackson Lamb and his Slow Horses deliver another cracking story of spooks and their doings!
Sean Barrett’s narration is rich with character.
Not to be missed!

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  • michael
  • 07-16-19

Another Winner

I didn't get the first three in this series - I hate going back so maybe missing out.
This is writing at its best. Mick Herron is the English equivalent of John Connolly (another one to listen to) and Sean Barrett the English equivalent of Jeff Harding. You will not be sorry buying this one. But beware, those easily offended should be aware it's graphic and potentially offensive to some. Perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-19

wales wails

gripping blackly funny and a closeness of truth. well worth a read. the whole series is great.

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  • Beeab
  • 07-15-19

Love this series and this one doesn’t disappoint

So hope there’s another one. Jackson Lamb is such a brilliantly written character - he has nearly all the best, laugh-out-load lines. Would make a great TV drama too.

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  • JennyLucy
  • 07-14-19

Mick Herron gets better and better...

These books are addictive, you develop a liking for the most unlikely characters - the 'slow horses' who are described with a brutal honesty that somehow induces empathy, in contrast, Diana Taverner, the MI5 boss is unpleasant and self serving, as are most of the politicians, many of whom bear uncanny similarities to our current crop. If you like John Le Carré you will enjoy these.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 07-14-19

A slow avalanche of complexities.

I have read and listened to all the Mick Herron stories and slowly became familiar with the characters and their ways. I feel I know them personally...some like Lamb are both rude and smelly. When Joe Country came along I greeted it with open arms. Every element of a Herron story was there but so was a labyrinthine chill that whispered, "Don't get lost 'cos you'll not get to the end". Too many intrusions by unknown characters who sat uncomfortable alongside the usual losers. Whilst I loved and followed the plot, I found a slight element of dissatisfaction creeping in. There is little doubt that this is a well crafted story but be on your guard against inattention...as you'll lose the plot.

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  • Abby
  • 07-11-19

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!!!

There are no words really to encapsulate the true wonder that is this series of books. I have listened to the whole series twice and will do so again. Gripping, intelligent, darkly funny and all consuming! I became so emotionally invested in the wonderful characters Mick Herron has invented that I’m bereft to leave them behind in this last book. Can’t wait for the next one!! Please tell me there’s a next one!!!!!!! Oh and ....... Mick Herron and Sean Barrett = dream team!!

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  • Sararara
  • 07-11-19

Chilly instalment for high summer

Having binged the whole series, you notice recurring traits like the weather backdrop. This time there was relentless, oppressive snow underscoring the theme of endings.
Sad to see one particular character go but intrigued by the subtle cliffhanger. Change is afoot and in these books you really can’t guess how it will pan out.
It was good to have some back story revealed at last however Jackson was less centre stage than usual. And while there was some exquisite dialogue, the plot threads weren’t as dexterously interwoven as in previous books.
There was also some rather clonky misdirection and I missed the spectral visitor who usually roams Slough House at the end of the book.
But despite my nitpicking it was still a great listen and, unlike several reviewers, I don’t think this is the last in the series.

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  • J Compton
  • 07-10-19

As good as always

These are the best ironic and witty page turning spy stories you can hope to find. Compulsively readable.

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  • savage
  • 07-10-19

Excellent continuation of the series

Another well written and suspenseful Slow Horses novel with Sean Barrett doing a superlative performance of Mick Herron’s book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-19

Jackson Lamb... My spirit animal!

Densely written, driveingly paced and wonderfully read.

This series leaves most, so called, thrillers behind in a dense cloud of intestinal gas.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 07-01-19

It’s like waiting for a new season of Game of Thrones

Once you’ve latched onto the The Jackson Lamb series you’re hooked. Sean Barrett’s brilliant narration is so riveting and entertaining it’s impossible to put down and as irresistible as your guiltiest pleasure.
I simply don’t know how to wait for Mick Herron a new book. I want it NOW!!!