Slough House

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,154 ratings

Slow Horses Publisher's Summary

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations. But when a young man is abducted, and it’s threatened that he’ll be beheaded live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem him.

Is the victim who 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 involved has their own agenda….

©2010 Mick Herron (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Slow Horses

    • Slough House, Book 1
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 371
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 282

    Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Le Carre's Heir Apparent

    • By Susianna on 08-31-13

    Regular price: $14.91

    • Slow Horses

    • Slough House, Book 1
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,004
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 925
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 925

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Josh Alford on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • Dead Lions

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364

    London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top Ten

    • By Aaron on 01-15-15

    Regular price: $18.80

    • Dead Lions

    • Slough House, Book 2
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely superb

    • By M. Alman on 04-15-17

    Regular price: $16.09

  • Book 2.5

    • The List

    • A Slough House Novella
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account - and there's only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career's worth of spy secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator Sean Barrett gives perfect measured performance

    • By Neville Stern on 11-05-17

    Regular price: $3.61

  • Book 3

    • Real Tigers

    • Slough House, Book 3
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Splendid

    • By Robin on 04-03-16

    Regular price: $22.06

    • Real Tigers

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 651
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 574
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 576

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A taste of Caviar in Slough House

    • By Aaron on 05-07-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Spook Street

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    A thrilling fourth installment in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series. What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don't remember they're secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best so far

    • By Meg on 03-11-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Spook Street

    • Slough House, Book 4
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House.

    Regular price: $22.06

  • Book 5

    • London Rules

    • Slough House, Book 5
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's 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; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Anna on 02-14-18

    Regular price: $23.44

    • London Rules

    • Slough House Series, Book 5
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    At MI5 headquarters Regent's Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning the rule (cover your arse) the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself. 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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The latest and best of a great series

    • By Terry on 10-27-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 5.5

    • The Drop

    • A Slough House Novella
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-03-19

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 6

    • Joe Country

    • Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I like this series about the slow horses

    • By Mark on 07-01-19

    Regular price: $24.00

    • Joe Country

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced spies of MI5, 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. Meanwhile, in Regent's Park, Diana Taverner's tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she's going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really outstanding series. Perfectly read.

    • By Drew on 06-30-19

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • Jackson Lamb 7

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The seventh book in the multi-award winning Jackson Lamb series.

    Regular price: $24.00