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Slow Horses
Slow Horses | Mick Herron
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Intelligence agent River Cartwright, after being banished from high-profile work for incompetence, suspects a prominant British journalist with ties to an extremist party of being behind the kidnapping of a Muslim teenager.
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Robotswithpersonality
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That was...REALLY good. Fantastic pacing which feels especially important in this type of novel. I think there are certain passages that would be written differently in 2022 than 2010, but for a spy/has-been-spy novel involving various political and interpersonal clashes, violence, and detestable (white supremacist) foes, I didn't encounter an offensive authorial voice,

Robotswithpersonality but rather a bunch of messy complex protagonists that were each given due consideration on page. I saw various people make shallow judgements and underestimations but that made the rounds of badassery that came later that much sweeter. Excited to continue in this series. 1mo
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Traci1
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#12booksof2022
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@Andrew65

Andrew65 This has been sitting in my TBR for far too long. 🤷 1mo
Traci1 @Andrew65 it was really good. I keep meaning to get around to the rest of the series. 1mo
Andrew65 @Traci1 Too many books too little time 😔 1mo
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MrsK
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Well rounded characters, action, intrigue, and humor…love the humor. Spy craft with so many double crosses your head will spin…but in a good way…so well written that the twists and turns in the plot don‘t confuse the story, and you always feel engaged. ❤️ #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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GarethSouthwell
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Came across this because the book is now a series on Apple TV starring Gary Oldman (one of my fave actors). Watched the series first then read the book, and enjoyed both immensely. Herron has been christened the new Le Carré, but he's quite a different writer - funny and more accessible, if less profound. The characterisation is great, the plot twisty and satisfyingly complex, the dialogue fantastic. Good modern spy thriller with satiral edge.

MrsK I have this in my TBR. Can‘t wait to read it. The series was great wasn‘t it? 5mo
GarethSouthwell @MrsK Yes, that's how I came across it. I'm on Spook Street now. They're addictive! 5mo
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Kaarin
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Started out slow and with so many characters that I almost quit. Glad I hung in there because it picked up and the plot turned out to be a lot of fun.

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Kimberlone
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I watched the Apple TV series adaptation of this book and really enjoyed it, so needed to checkout the book. This was a fun post-Cold War spy novel. The “slow horses” of Slough House are has-beens and fuck-ups, who have been relegated to busy work outside the MI5 inner circle at Regent‘s Park. The TV series is a very faithful adaptation of the first book, and I hope future seasons are in the works. Just started the 2nd book in the series.

jlhammar I‘m also hoping for a second season. Really enjoyed this show! 8mo
Kimberlone @jlhammar so far the second book is not as propelling as the first but I think familiarity with the characters/actors might help in translating the second season 8mo
charl08 Such a fun series. Love these books. 8mo
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merelybookish I liked the tv series a lot too! I don't usually go for spy stuff but Gary Oldman was just so good! 8mo
Kimberlone @merelybookish yes Gary Oldman is 💯 8mo
EvieBee I just finished the show and it was good! 8mo
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deirdrebeecher
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I've read three books in this series now, because I have zero executive function at the moment and it's easier to read these than find a series I'll like more. And they are very readable, technically competent, decent plots. But it is an ensemble cast of characters and I am only engaged by one. I keep reading to find out how this one character is getting on while being mildly annoyed by the rest. Also not enjoying the humour.

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majkia
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Interesting and quite different spy story. Now I'll have to watch it on AppleTV 🤓

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AmandaBlaze
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1. Sadly many of my favorite authors have passed on. I like Leaphorn and Chee, Charley Moon, and Amelia Peabody. Presently the Gaslight Mystery team.
2. Both? I like guessing, but also a surprising twist.
3. Tagged Slow Horses on a friend's recommendation.
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ozma.of.oz I‘m looking forward to starting on some of the Peabody books! I picked up a couple from a library overflow sale. Thanks for posting! 11mo
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Ksvz
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Jan 2021 - read before I watch / spy novel - slow to start and almost quit more than once but very glad to have stuck with it. Just fun and the characters interesting. James Bond for the every person - humans messing up with style.

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charl08
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New Slow Horses TV adaptation!

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Lucy_Anywhere
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This is the first book in a fantastic series set in London. Jackson Lamb is the foul-mouthed, awful genius in charge of Slough House - the place where MI5 sends its embarrassments. The best spy books I‘ve read in years! #20series20days @Andrew65

twohectobooks I think I‘ll give this one a try! 2y
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks I really enjoyed every book in this series so far - definitely not the glamorous side of espionage! 2y
Ruthiella Sounds like fun- misfit spies. 😀 2y
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TrishB This sounds great- first one is only 99p on kindle today 😁 I may have bought it! 2y
Andrew65 This is on my TBR. 2y
Andrew65 @TrishB 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Lucy_Anywhere @TrishB I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2y
andrew61 Brilliant series, great choice. 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Phew, what a ride! The writing style took a little getting used to, but this is a fab spy novel that's more gritty than glam. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

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Pratham49
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Worth a read..True heir to Deighton/ Le Carre. Full review link below https://prathamesh87.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/book-review-slow-horses-by-mick-he...

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Pratham49
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What a story... one of the best spy novels I have read since the George Smiley series.. Jackson Lamb just cracks me up...

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CaseyMoore
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This one was really good. A really fun spy romp with a bunch of misfits. Jackson Lamb deserves to be up there with George Smiley.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I enjoyed this audiobook. Clever story good narration #MountTBR

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JoyBlue
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The premise was excellent. The execution had some flaws. Overall, pick. I'll likely read the second in the series.

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MotionChickness
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Round two with a broken down car. Worked better this morning, but I guess the radiator decided to crack this afternoon. At least I have a prettier view this time...

#losingmymind

LiteraryinLawrence Oh no! Sorry you‘re having car problems and hope the horses are also trained mechanics. 4y
MotionChickness @LiteraryinLititz 😂😂 I should ask. Maybe they‘ll give me a ride home 😂😂 4y
TheSpineView Did you bring a saddle with you?🤣 Seriously, sorry about your car. So frustrating! 4y
MotionChickness @TheSpineView 😂😂 I needed that laugh. Thanks though! It‘s been a week already lol. 4y
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Mindyrecycles
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A really good mystery and a great reader and glory be, there are sequels! #buildingamystery #timbittunes

MallenNC I liked that one. Haven't read the sequels yet. 4y
DGRachel I‘ve had this on my bookshelf for years. I really need to get it read! 4y
Tonton So great!Enjoy the rest of the series❣️ 4y
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Emma24
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After having accidentally read the 5th book in this series, I went back to the start. It‘s a great MI5, London-based thriller that goes into the politics of the intelligence community, and particularly the agents who have fallen from grace. A very easy and enjoyable read 👍🏻

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Redheadrambles
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British spy novel - not my usual genre.
The 'slow horses', in question turn out to be an oddball collection of burnt-out, socially awkward, rejects from MI5 tossed into Slough House to wait out the rest of their now non-existent careers. It's a fun journey learning the inevitable lesson; you should never discount a slow horse.

I do think there were some niggling writing issues. But I am happy to hunt down the next one - Dead Lions.

DGRachel I‘ve had this on my shelves for years. I really need to get to it as this sounds right up my alley! 5y
Redheadrambles @DGRachel I am not spy novel expert but I thought it was well done and I read it to get to No. 2 in the series which won a CWA “gold dagger” award for crime fiction. 5y
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Anton
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Loved this modern day spy novel about a group of disgraced agents stuck doing paperwork as punishment for various screw-ups. The plot whips by at a breakneck pace, and the writing is sharp and witty. It‘s the first book in a series, so I‘m looking forward to spending more time with the folks at Slough House in the future. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Anton
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“It‘s the cover-up that gets you in the end, Nick. She knows that, but she thinks she‘s the exception. That‘s what everybody thinks. And everybody‘s always wrong.”

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Anton
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Was looking for a change from the fantastical (almost everything I‘ve read since late November has been sci-fi or fantasy), so I started this book about disgraced British spies.

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UnabridgedTomes
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Bring a book on the boat, the in-laws said, and you can read while we fish. We‘ll keep an eye on the Bebe, who has his own fishing pole and net.

So I did. I finished my book, and no one fell overboard or got dehydrated or sunburned.

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charl08
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Read this! Crime fiction with laughs.
"Their conversation had been focused at first (Jackson Lamb is a bastard), then becoming speculative (what makes Jackson Lamb such a bastard?) before drifting into the sentimental (wouldn‘t it be sweet if Jackson Lamb fell under a threshing machine?). "

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Oblomov26
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YES. Have been in a bit of a reading slump, this showed up on several recommendation list and thought I would give it a try. A cracking little spy story set in the Slough House, the discard pile for spies who have failed at a point in their career but whose knowledge precludes discarding. A operation draws them back into the mainstream led by their boss, Jackson Lamb a overweight slob, who has forgotten more about fieldcraft than most ever learn.

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GuiltyFeat
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That was an unexpected delight. I picked this up because it showed up on a couple of lists, but I didn't really have high hopes. Then it turned out to be an absolute corker. Very British, but not so clever-clever that it made my brain ache. A good team, some fine twists and a satisfying conclusion. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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GuiltyFeat
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Just got this lot in the mail from awesomebooks.com. Should keep me busy.

LeahBergen Nice! 5y
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Waterstones
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Our Thriller of the Month for August is Slow Horses, the first instalment from Mick Herron's incredibly gripping series of spy novels.

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MallenNC
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This was a spy novel featuring misfit spies, who have been stuck in Slough House because they have messed up but are too important to just fire. The book started slow and it took a little while to get all the characters straight but once it got going the book had my interest. I listened to the audiobook and at first it was confusing because the scenes changed without much warning. I will read the next book in the series.

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ssravp
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The first few chapters were a little slow but once it got moving it kept picking up speed. A tremendous spy thriller. Very good.

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Jen2
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Great mystery series. An unusual premise. Recommend!!

melbeautyandbooks ❤📚☕️ 6y
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Skeeterisme
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Nice mystery. Good set up for a series.

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wintercherry
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Breakfast reading on the couch.

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Cydster61
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IReadThereforeIBlog
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The first in Mick Herron's JACKSON LAMB SERIES is a smartly written, fast-paced espionage thriller with some great one-liners, a dark sense of humour and an overall vibe of SPOOKS meets Le Carre.

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MallenNC
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I had never heard of this book until it was mentioned on today's Morning Edition in a segment with librarian Nancy Pearl. I think I will read it for a task on one of my challenges -- an espionage thriller. Here's a link to the NPR story for more. http://www.npr.org/2017/01/12/507297654/fulfill-your-reading-resolutions-with-6-...

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Tonton
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Did it again! Picked up book only to find it's the latest volume of a series. In this case Real Tigers 🐯 which is the newest. Had to order the first two books which are Slow Horses and Dead Lions. Tore through both just now and picked up so much back story I have to re-read Real Tigers with fresh eyes. Funny and cool spook action. Never underestimate the ones with nothing to lose!

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AmyStewart
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Porter Square Books in Cambridge MA is HOPPING on a rainy Saturday afternoon! Bookseller Susannah is in love with Mick Herron. "He's the next generation's le Carre, if only I can convince them of that. Loads of dry, dark British sensibility, but totally modern. Can we give him some love?" YES WE CAN. #getindie

JenniferShepard Common Good Books in St Paul is nutters about Mick Herron too! 6y
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DGRachel
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Barnes & Noble had an end cap of international detective mysteries. Twist my arm, why don't you? #impulsebuybook #augustphotochallenge #augustofpages

Litlady Great rec!! Consider it stacked in my TBR! 👍📚🌻 6y
Litlady ...and I'll be using my B&N employee discount and gift card on this little gem! Score‼️ 💪 6y
DGRachel @Litlady Yay! 😁 6y
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Minervasbutler
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Witty, fast-moving spy caper involving the "Slow Horses", the Secret Service screwups who have been banished to the outer darkness of Slough House, watched over by flatulent, obese Jackson Lamb. I got a bit lost in places about who was double-crossing who, but I guess that was sort of the point. Includes a wonderfully waspish portrait of our current Foreign Secretary (Lord help us). A delight.

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Minervasbutler
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I wonder what a certain ex London mayor thought of this profile ;)

Tonton Spot on description of Boris! 6y
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DGRachel
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The app crashed so I went to bed instead of starting my stack for #24in48, but I couldn't sleep-had to keep checking the app! Time to grab my Kindle and get reading!

ultrabookgeek I felt the same way! I just kept reading until refreshing worked. 7y
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