This is the seventh book in the Slough Horses series by Mick Herron. It may be the last book, but I don’t know. If another one in the series shows up, I’ll be reading it.
by Mick Herron
2021 / 247 pages
read by Gerard Doyle 10h 13m
rating: A+ / crime (spy)
(both read and listened)
I went on a binge reading of them and read books 1-7 in about 10 days. Why? I’d wanted to do something like this for a long time but hadn’t found the books to do it with. I’ve read 1 or 2 books in a series in a row but never 7!
I tried to read book 1, Slow Horses, years ago but I wasn’t ready for it or something. This time some people on a reading list (4-Mystery Addicts – https://groups.io/g/4MysteryAddicts -) were discussing the series with some folks being very positive about it so I thought I might try it again. I did that and realized it was just what I’d been looking for – a good immersive mystery series which I could sink my teeth (my mind) into. And so, because the plotting, the characters, the language and the humor all called to me, I determined I’d read the series. And I did.
From the publisher via Amazon:
In his best and most ambitious novel yet, Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), offers an unsparing look at the corrupt web of media, global finance, spycraft, and politics that power our modern world.
“This is a darker, scarier Herron. The gags are still there but the satire’s more biting. The privatization of a secret service op and the manipulation of news is relevant and horribly credible.”—Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera Stanhope series
At Slough House—MI5’s London depository for demoted spies—Brexit has taken a toll. The “slow horses” have been pushed further into the cold, Slough House has been erased from official records, and its members are dying in unusual circumstances, at an unusual clip. No wonder Jackson Lamb’s crew is feeling paranoid. But are they actually targets?
With a new populist movement taking hold of London’s streets and the old order ensuring that everything’s for sale to the highest bidder, the world’s a dangerous place for those deemed surplus. Jackson Lamb and the slow horses are in a fight for their lives as they navigate dizzying layers of lies, power, and death.
*******Yes, I got tired of it at times, but nothing else seemed to be as compelling as the next book in this series. Right now if there were a #8 available I’d go for it because … well … just because. There are a couple of novellas associated with the series and I haven’t read them because I don’t think they relate to the series as the regular novels. I think I might go read them now – lol!
There’s a list of characters somewhere online – I think on Goodreads – and it would be helpful to readers especially if they space the books out. I didn’t use it but there were probably places I could have used it. I haven’t written little summaries or blurbs with my “reviews” because it’s too hard to avoid spoilers so I used the publisher’s blurbs.