• The Catch

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

British spy master Mick Herron returns with an explosive novella set in the same world as his multiple CWA Dagger-winning Slough House series

John Bachelor is the saddest kind of spy: not a joe in the field, not even a desk jockey, but a milkman - a part-time pension administrator whose main job is to check in on aging retired spies. Late in his career and having lost his wife, his house, and his savings after a series of unlucky choices, John's been living in a dead man's London apartment, hoping the bureaucracy isn't going to catch up with him and leave him homeless. But keeping a secret among spies is a fool's errand, and now John has made himself eminently blackmailable.

©2020 Mick Herron (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Oh dear.

This is the third (and perhaps final?) short novella involving spies in London not in the main slow horses den. The first two were good but sadly this is poor in several fronts. First the plot is kind of flogging a dead horse (oops!) and it’s as slow (oops again) as molasses. And the denouement is limp. The reading technically is poor - I couldn’t get the volume right. Pity all around.

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Slow novellas

I wish there was a category for audio production. Gerard Doyle's narration is his usual fine job, but it sounds like he's standing six feet from the microphone -- sort of muffled and fuzzy. I count that as a production issue. Combined with my disappointment in all three novellas, it caused me to ditch this one shortly after starting it. Unlike the Slough House characters, the players in these brief interludes showed me nothing interesting about themselves or their activities. Also, priced too high for just a couple hours of listening. Disappointed in all three.

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Entertaining

It was an enjoyable book with a good twist, but didn’t quite have the same punch of the other Slough House books. The narrator, Gerard Doyle was good as always.

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Nice twist

Poor John Bachelor is a "milkman." He is the handler for former spooks and associates, is such disgrace he doesn't have an office in Slough House. When The Dogs (MI 5 internal affairs) find out he's lost touch with one of his charges, and failed to report it, he needs to find that burglar/blackmailer and reel him in. This story follows a story line from Book 6, Joe Country, updated with a subsequent salacious event. The hint is in the title. Another stellar performance by Gerard Doyle.