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The fifth entry in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series featuring Jackson Lamb.

London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one: Cover your arse. 

At MI5 headquarters Regent's Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM's favorite Muslim, who's about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he's hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble. Meanwhile, the country's being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks. 

Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But collectively, they're about to rediscover their greatest strength- the ability to make a bad situation much, much worse.

©2018 Mick Herron (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Best Mick Herron yet!

Mick Herron continues to entertain and improve on his franchise series at Slough House. The stories are interesting and unpredictable, the characters are unique and interesting and the narration is world class. Bravo Mick, your next installment in the Slough House Series can not come soon enough!

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The funniest of Herron's Slough House books

Clever and engaging, with great narration by Gerard Doyle. This is the 5th Slough House novel and the series appears to be getting better with each one. It is satirical and contemporary, with subtle digs at Trump and unsubtle satire about the bigoted Brexit folks. The point of view slips easily and believably in and out of different characters' heads without losing its focus. The new kind of terrorist in this novel comes in the form of a small group of young North Korean men on a violent assignment. Herron manages to make them three dimensional. Roddy Ho's cluelessness is what sets this story moving, and it's really very funny. My only disappointment -- and it's a small one -- is that River Cartwright is barely a presence in this story. Even though Herron has called these the Jackson Lamb novels it has never felt that way to me. In the first book, Slow Horses, River is the protagonist and in the most recent one, Spook Street, his is the leading role too. I think he should stay at the forefront. Lamb is a great character but never changes and the descriptions of his slovenliness are getting a little old. That said, this is an excellent listen. I highly recommend it.

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The latest and best of a great series

I found the Slough House series a few months ago and have read them all. Some of them twice. This is the latest and the best. There is humor - the sly, English variety - in all of them, but this one has more than usual and it adds immeasurably to the book.

The characters are fun - they are interesting and, while they could be paper doll flat - the author is able to bring these disparate and quirky people to life. Moreover, he makes them likable. You want them to do well. You want them to triumph. You want to have them come back and save the day again and again. You want to read about them in a whole lot more books - I'm waiting for the next one already.

These are spy books, with some mysteries involved. They also are adventures, of a sort - and they are immensely entertaining. More, bring me more.

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  • RAMON
  • Gray, TN, United States
  • 07-26-18

It doesn’t get any better

This is a great book with great characters. For once he didn’t know what was going to happen and that’s mystery. The characters are fantastic it’s a wonderful satire have spy novels and of the English political system. It has also elements that would satisfy Nassim Taleb readers with unknown unknowns and false conclusions.

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  • KR
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Great!!

I’m so excited about what is, to me, a stupendous new series. Great characters, interesting story line, wonderful style. And quite frequent humor that nevertheless does not jar against the strength of the story and character development. LOVE this series. Also, the narrator is a skilled actor, too. His female character voices are very good, not that fruity mocking “female” voice other male narrators use that often ruins a book recording. I highly recommend this entire series of books and of recorded books.

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Not quite.....

The slough house concept was brilliant in the beginning but it’s getting a tad old. The plot wavered quite a bit and some segments were just too long. Needed a good editing.

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Say it’s not so. There must be more in the series, please.

When will Mr. Herron publish again? The Slough Horses’ redemption efforts must continue propelled along by Justin Lamb’s ripostes!

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First rate

This is one of the best of the series. Sly, knowing, endlessly amusing. Highly recommended.

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Always a Great Story

I have been waiting for this volume of the Slough House series to come out in audio version and this work did not disappoint. Just wish it did not end