by Mick Herron
Some how that doesn’t convey the right level of awe.
I’ll try again.
I don’t read much in the way of espionage nowadays, so I’m assuming this was a wildly original premise.
Washed up British “Spooks” end up at Slough House (hence the nickname “Slow Horses”) It is hoped that these has-beens will realise of their own accord that they will never go back to Regent Park & quietly leave. (Doesn’t this sound like twentieth century public service? 😄)
But not River Cartwright. He has taken the fall for a really serious incident that wasn’t his fault. His boss, the slovenly Jackson Lamb has already told River that if it wasn’t for his family connections that River wouldn’t be a slow horse,
“he’d have been melted down for glue.”
With the kidnapping of a young man, River sees the chance to redeem himself.
Get ready for a rollercoaster!
And don’t read when you are in the mood for light escapism as you as a reader have to be on your A game!
The dry, dark humour made me laugh. I know of other readers haven’t liked the language but in the nadir of my working life I cleaned the woodwork block of my local high school. Listening to some of those kids’ language used to make me feel like I was swimming through a sewer. This is nothing compared to that!
I made the mistake of reading the second in the series (Dead Lions) before this one. I’m going to have to at least skim this before going on to Real Tigers
I’m looking forward to it.