Slow Horses

Slow Horses

Book - 2010
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Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who've screwed up a case - say by leaving a secret file on a train, or blowing a surveillance. River Carter, 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 is the kidnapper's connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River find that everyone has his own agenda.
Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, [2010]
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781616954161
1616954167
Branch Call Number: F Herron
Characteristics: 329 pages, 14 pages ;,20 cm

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dmckenziehague
Jul 17, 2017

enjoyed reading all 3 novels

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EmilyEm
May 24, 2017

Mystery series first book tells of a group of has-been MI-5 operatives known as ‘slow horses’ who become involved in a seeming terrorist kidnapping.

A lot is not known for a while as Herron fills readers in on characters’ backstories and unfolds the mystery, so I’d say this is a slow-paced story. It’s funny at times as these are characters with foibles. I’ll have to read more before deciding to stay with them.

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tirjan
Apr 17, 2017

See comments of Spook Street. Same cast of characters. Herron is a brilliant writer and the British English and London street scene descriptions are great. I suspect that all books in the Slough House series are similar. MI5 rejects working in a rundown part of the city not only fight crime but the higher-ups at Regent's Park.

JCLKatyW Mar 27, 2017

While this book was written a couple of years ago, it brings up situations that are really pertinent to what is going on in the world right now. A group of MI5 agents who have messed up their careers in one way or another, called Slow Horses, are put in the middle of a crisis where right wing British nationalist have kidnapped a Pakistani British national (who happens to be the nephew of a prominent person in Pakistan's government) and threatened to cut his head off. The Slow Horses must find out who is really behind the attacks and try to rescue the young Pakistani man before he is executed live on the internet.

Gail49 Feb 09, 2016

slow going but ended up intersting

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 21, 2016

Slough House is where disgraced MI5 agents are sent; aka "Slow Horses". River Cartwright has just been sent there; and he's trying to get out. Good action adventure yarn. Beginning of series

SFPL_danielay Dec 24, 2015

River Cartwright has been banished to Slough House - the British intelligence service's dumping ground for agents that have messed up. This usually means working at incredibly boring tasks but the slow horses of Slough House get to prove their are not that slow after all when a young man is abducted. If you enjoyed the movie "Kingsmen" you'll enjoy the ride.

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