Slow Horses

Slow Horses

Paperback Slough House

By (author) Mick Herron

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  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 190mm x 24mm | 262g
  • Publication date: 23 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1616955139
  • ISBN 13: 9781616955137
  • Sales rank: 419,052

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Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who’ve screwed up a case in any number of ways—by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. 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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of two books in the Slough House series, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, as well as a mystery series set in Oxford. He now lives in Oxford and works in London. From the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Slow Horses “A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story . . . Memorably seedy characters, sharp dialogue, complex plot. I’m hooked.” —Guardian “This is blackly funny, tense and worryingly plausible. The most enjoyable British spy novel in years.” —Mail on Sunday, Five-star Review "These are terrific novels. The writing is very good. The sense of humour is there, and there's a certain amount of skepticism as well, which keeps you wanting to read." —J.D. Singh, CBC's The Next Chapter "Subtle, detailed and utterly convincing." —The Crime Review (UK) “Slow Horses is a fine thriller . . . it’s also a wonderfully funny, farcical, deeply cynical skewering of politics, bureaucrats, turf wars, and the Great Game.” —Booklist 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 From the Hardcover edition.