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Slow Horses

Book 1, Jackson Lamb Thriller - Jackson Lamb Thriller 1

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Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

'The UK's new spy master' Sunday Times

You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game.

Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper.

But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'.

A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.

And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch . . .

From Publishers Weekly

26 April 2010 – Banished to London s Slough House the junkyard for disgraced MI5 agents for botching a high-profile training exercise, River Cartwright spends his days sifting through garbage and transcribing phone conversations in Herron s riveting spy thriller. His boss, Jackson Lamb, who governs Slough House as if it s his own kingdom, makes sure the slow horses know they ll never get back to high-profile work at Regent s Park. River, bored with his tedious assignments, discovers that one of his fellow agents has been lifting information from Robert Hobden, a well-known journalist. When a Muslim teenager is kidnapped and a video promising to decapitate him appears online, River wonders if it s connected to Hobden, who has ties to the extremist British Patriotic Party. Herron (Smoke & Whispers) avoids the easy clich of misfits banding together to right a wrong, instead painting his slow horses as complex characters who are just as fallible as their faster counterparts.

Customer Reviews

Slow Horses

First Mick Herron book I have read and now on 'catch up'! Great characters in this particular novel and the plot moves along at a nice pace. Like his style of writing.


Cynically world weary. Self-consciously obscure. Aspiring to wit and humour but destined to be a slow horse on a grey and rain swept course like the anonymous and unlikeable characters of this disappointing novel. But maybe the enthusiastic reviewers read an un-redacted version which retained the illusion of life and excitement. I shall not be tempted to continue the series.

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Slow Horses
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 08 October 2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Jackson Lamb Thriller
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