Slow Horses (Paperback)
Soho Crime, 9781616954161, 329pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
London, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The -slow horses, - as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle--not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another.
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. But 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 has his own agenda.
About the Author
Praise For Slow Horses…
Praise for Mick Herron:
"Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way. . . . In Herron's book, there is no hiding under the desk."—The New York Times Book Review
"Stylish and engaging."—The Washington Post
"[A] masterful thriller. . . . The intricate plot, coupled with Herron's breezy writing style, results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Like a good movie . . . grabs the reader from the first page."—Booklist, starred review