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Publisher's Summary

The next installment in Mick Herron's wry, clever CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series.

The Bond-esque River Cartwight and his group of defunct MI5 spies, headed by the irascible Jackson Lamb, will do anything to get back into the game. When a member of London's Slough House - MI5's stable for disgraced spies, so-called "slow horses" - is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must risk treason and breach Regent's Park to steal intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. But the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg as they are caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not only of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

Mick Herron's previous Slough House novel, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Gold Dagger, garnering attention both in the US and UK. These thrillers are complex and contemporary, with an unexpected dose of sly humor. Herron is steadily gaining traction each year in the US, and the film rights to this series have been optioned.

©2015 Mick Herron (P)2016 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Funny, clever.... Genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Delightful...with a dry humor reminiscent of Greene and Waugh." ( Sunday Times)
"A great romp." ( BBC Front Row)

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A taste of Caviar in Slough House

I like Mick Herron's writing style, characters, and story line a lot, and will continue to read all of the books in the Slough House series (keep 'em coming). That said, I thought this novel was good, but not quite as inspired or "effortless" as previous books.

I think Herron has stumbled onto something unique with his "Slough House" series. He is smart to capitalize on this real-estate. The characters are funny, flawed, quirky, under-estimated, desperate, and skilled. The combination of personalities, combined with a gritty atmosphere, creates a sense of place that is just waiting to be filled with intrigue, and something sinister.

Fair warning: there are quite a number of characters in this world, and occassionally one of them will be introduced by name and take part in what's happening. If you are not clear about who this character is, it can be a little confusing. If you are good at keeping track of names and characters, this will not be a problem for you. (some of us need a reminder about who this person is, like an identifying characteristic, or a visual descriptor, subtly mentioned while the character is coming into the scene).

Herron will occasionally indulge the reader in side-stories that do little to advance the plot, or will reward faithful listeners with little nuggets from previous books. This endears the reader, and is a testament to his skill as a writer. However, I would feel more rewarded if Herron sharpened the plot instead, and kept the characters and story in line.

I have read more than half a dozen novels by Herron, and appreciate that he always has a solid plot (beginning, middle, end), and the plot always makes sense, and I am always satisfied with the ending. I appreciate that in any author I read, and think it is worth acknowledging here.


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Herron ,Doyle,and the foundered Slow Horses -back!

Do yourself the favor of hearing this series in order: Slow Horses,Dead Lions,Real Tigers. Crossing my fingers hoping these very special, damaged, fried spooks will return for books four,five,and more..

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-23-17

If you like juvenile bathroom humor,...

...Real Tigers is for you. This third novel in the Slough House series is so bad I could not finish it. The attempted humor always falls flat, but that does not keep the author continuing with his fart, and similar, humor. Narrator Gerard Doyle is very good; he deserves better material than Real Tigers.

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The ending is phenomenal

This book starts slowly, and is in the nature of hey John LeCarre - not a Tom Clancy – book.

There are no likable characters in the book, however you want to pull for the least in likable.

I appreciate that the author did not wrap everything up with a tidy bow. Instead, much mysteryremains at the and of the book

The ending makes his entire book worthwhile.

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Excellent.

Excellent read. The imagination gets stretched a bit here and there but it's a fun easy read. Our anti heroes are a blast. Dialogue very witty. If you like black comedy spy novels (is that a genre?) then this might be for you.

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Very disappointing follow up to Dead Lions

The same great characters and much of the same witty dialogue as in the excellent Dead Lions, but, unfortunately, the plot is contrived nonsense that takes a paranoid silly turn that will largely apply to those with silly politics on both the left and the right.

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  • RF
  • Lexington, KY USA
  • 05-31-17

I finished it, but

It couldn't hold my attention. The characters never developed into people I wanted to know more about. I would find myself tuning in but not knowing what they were going through. This is my favorite genre but the tale wasn't for me.

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  • Carryn
  • Philadelphia, PA, US
  • 09-27-16

Agree that it's hard to follow

In my mind, I've put my finger on why it's hard for me to keep track of characters in such a book. I put some of the blame on myself, that I have a short attention span (i do), or I've blamed it on the setting, that I have a hard time with names in other languages. Well, I'm going to spread a bit of the blame onto the authors. In a book such as this, the characters are formally introduced. They are named, and what follows is a page or two of description. With my attention span, I quickly forget who is who, and when listening, it isn't easy to go back and find the passage reminding you of this character's background and quirks. In other words, I was quickly disoriented and fatigued with this listen. I can now appreciate authors who introduce their characters by doing, not saying. As an Anglophile and Gerard Doyle fan, I really wanted to like this book. I tried really hard. I ended up knowing I should appreciate the character depth, dark humor, and political shrewdness the English seem to breath. But I just felt icky. And tired. Perhaps I'll try the hardcover for the sequel.

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Another great installment in the series

This third book in the series is just as unique and charming as the previous two. Though I think this book is the funniest by far. I laughed out loud many times throughout. The writing is witty and compelling, and the story fun and fast-paced. If you enjoy spy thrillers, but want a fresh take, this book might be for you.
If you are new to the series, I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before reading this one.
Gerard Doyle's narration is, as always, excellent.

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Not my usual thing, but good

I didn't always like this as it went on. But maybe that's because I am used to reading things that only go predictably well. Nothing in this went the way I was expecting, it wasn't predictable. I thought a statement foreshadowed a payback later, but no, it didn't. It could have, but that's not how it went down. It got to an end I was happy enough with, I wasn't vested in some of the hoped for outcomes, so I wasn't disappointed when they didn't all pan out. I don't do spoilers, so that's all you are getting. Would I recommend it? I'd give it to my family to read or listen to, yes.

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