Slough House

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,746 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 357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 270

    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 917
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 847
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 847

    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 339
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    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 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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 611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 541

    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 306
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    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
    • Great Series

    • By Aaron on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Spook Street

    • Slough House, Book 4
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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 121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    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
    • Best Mick Herron yet!

    • By D. Roessner on 08-06-18

    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
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    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. 

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  • Book 6

    • Jackson Lamb Thriller 6

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The latest instalment in the multi-award winning series: Jackson Lamb returns in the sixth novel about Slough House's misfits.

    Regular price: $24.00