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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar award-winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb.

The seventh book in the Sunday Times best-selling, award-winning Slough House series, featuring Mick Herron's much loved band of disgraced spies and their notorious leader, Jackson Lamb.

'Kill us? They've never needed to kill us,' said Lamb. 'I mean, look at us. What would be the point?'

A year after a calamitous blunder by the Russian secret service left a British citizen dead from novichok poisoning, Diana Taverner is on the warpath. What seems a gutless response from the government has pushed the Service's first desk into mounting her own counter-offensive - but she's had to make a deal with the devil first. And given that the devil in question is arch-manipulator Peter Judd, she could be about to lose control of everything she's fought for.

Meanwhile, still reeling from recent losses, the slow horses are worried they've been pushed further into the cold. Slough House has been wiped from Service records, and fatal accidents keep happening. No wonder Jackson Lamb's crew are feeling paranoid. But have they actually been targeted?

With a new populist movement taking a grip on London's streets, and the old order ensuring that everything's for sale to the highest bidder, the world's an uncomfortable place for those deemed surplus to requirements. The wise move would be to find a safe place and wait for the troubles to pass.

But the slow horses aren't famed for making wise decisions.

©2021 Mick Herron (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"The new king of the spy thriller." (Mail on Sunday)

"Razor-sharp prose, fully formed characters and an underlying pathos make this series the most exciting development in spy fiction since the Cold War." (The Times)

"As a master of wit, satire, insight...Herron is difficult to overpraise." (Daily Telegraph)

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Wonderful

Everything that you expect from Slough House novel and more. Like a Porsche, which over time has enhanced almost every aspect of the sorts car without deviating from the basic design, this series of books have improved over time and leave you longing for more.

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Engrossing and completely entertaining

This series feels in many ways like the inheritance from John Le Carre because it has many similarities of style, plotting, setting, cynicism, pacing and realism. But MH definitely does it all very, very well and with such humour that he is creating what seems a wholly original genre. Hard to stop listening.

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Another awesome addition.

Very enjoyable listen, Mick Herron never lets me down. I have never been a person to read or in this case listen to a whole series one after the other, but in this case I have not been able to put any of them down. I will quietly await another adventure with the Slow Horses. Sean Barrett you are a true legend, and make Jackson Lamb and the other characters three dimensional. If you read this review, join the team and enjoy the journey.

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Do your editing people.

They have not cut out Sean's rereads. other than that, great addition to the series

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  • Trotpot
  • 02-20-21

Edit errors in this - duplication and reworking of sentences

Story and narrator as good as ever - just annoying that edit not done correctly with several sentences repeated, including at one stage narrator saying “ that’s not quite right” then rereading sentence
Given book requires concentration to enjoy this is distracting and disappointing by audible not to have better quality control on new releases

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  • Liz
  • 02-05-21

Excellent edition to the series

More of the same - and delightful for it. No disappointment in this edition to the series. Excellent narration as always and many familiar faces.

If you're new to the series, this is not a book that will make sense if you've not read at least some of the others. But they're so good - start at the beginning.

only small quibble is that the editing isn't great. There are at leat four or five repeat lines as sean barrat redoes them. They should have been caught and edited out. Rather sloppy that they haven't been. I read it the day it came out - so hopefully when you listen to it, these small missteps will have been fixed.

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  • Alex
  • 02-07-21

Gloriously incorrect!

Slough House is a gripping addition to the series which exercises the full range of emotions and provides the cliffhanger ending which guarantees that I will listen to the next installment.

To my mind Sean Barrett is Jackson Lamb as Alec Guinness is George Smiley.

Read the books including the novellas, in sequence, for maximum impact.

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  • Derek Platten
  • 02-06-21

Unputdownable!

Having looked forward to its release for months, there is always a worry that Mr Herron will be unable to keep up the excellence of the series.
Happily the worry was unjustified and, consumed in just 2 inexorably hilarious and enjoyable sittings, Slough House matches and exceeds every expectation.
Every Jackson Lamb utterance invokes the uncontrollable, tell-tale titter which, in pre-Covid times; when being enjoyed, for example, on public transport; produces strange looks from fellow travellers.
This latest helping is pure genius.
I'm off to re-listen to it all again.

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  • Nick Moore
  • 02-09-21

Seemed to end quite abruptly

I've enjoyed all the Jackson Lamb series and this is not a disappointment but it did seem to end a bit suddenly, perhaps the rest of the story to come in the next book? Sean Barrett, as ever, is superb at bringing Mick Herron's characters to life.

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  • Sararara
  • 02-06-21

Worth the wait

It seems like ages since the last instalment so it was an unadulterated pleasure to settle into the world of Jackson Lamb once more.
I’m really not sure how the tv series will work without the brilliant Sean Barrett.
It takes a while to untangle the various plot threads but, once again, it’s a carefully worked tale of grievances, scheming and fallout.
It’s almost Le Carré for quite some time but then Lamb and The Rodster remind you where you are.
It’s a typically dark tale but some of the lines and descriptions are laugh-out-loud funny, and I felt like cheering on at least one occasion.
With cagey references to recent events, this instalment feels quite ‘real’ however, I’m perplexed by the gender of the first victim.

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  • d j.
  • 02-05-21

Gripping

Having waited months for the latest instalment I was not disappointed to hear the adventures of Jackson Lamb and his Slow Horses.
Could not stop listening and have finished it in a day.
Very much looking forward to the screen version starring Gary Oldman and I could easily visualise how this will pan out.
Fantastic listen.

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  • Sarah Gilani
  • 05-07-22

Very well read

Another excellent story in the slough house series.
Hugely wonderful reading by sean barrett.
I enjoyed this and all the previous stories in the series - all read by sean barrett.

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  • paul sparks
  • 05-04-22

Lady Di laid low

For a woman who risen to the pinnacle in the secret service Lady Di Taverner appears to be less street wise than Roddy Ho! In this darkly comic yet dangerous tale she is taken to the cleaners and finds herself in a worse state of repair than our beloved Jackson

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 04-24-22

Masterly, as ever!

Wonderfully plotted, with strangely engaging characters - even Jackson Lamb! These books are always superbly read by Sean Barrett, who one, somehow, cannot envision them without!
Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Darren
  • 02-27-21

Not as good as earlier books

I really enjoyed all of the earlier books in this series, I found this book not as enjoyable .
The ending was disappointing. Hopefully the next book will be better

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  • Denis Ives
  • 02-23-21

Absorbing but....

A good story but ending is flat with some unresolved issues. Clearly there is another one to come. This is more obvious than with previous stories. Thats always disappointing. Be warned... the ending seems inadequate.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-09-22

oh my God, you killed ....

Not going to lie was not happy with the body count.
a double helping of dead horses and poisoned stream.

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  • Craig
  • 12-10-21

Great detail, less satisfying overall story

Mick Herron’s writing, characters and dialogue are awesome. But I’m still waiting for a story premise and plot that hits it out of the park. The stakes as usual seem rather small-scale, the actors seem always flawed and clumsy in their craft, and the ending is incomplete.

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  • Michael
  • 05-04-21

brilliant as always

Jackson Lamb has to be my favourite character ever. Brilliantly British- sardonic, witty, classless, but does not give a _____ and is remarkable at what he does

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  • soo jay
  • 03-26-21

Top-notch stuff from Mick Herron.

I loved this latest in the Slough House series, though I wouldn't recommend it to newcomers to Mick Herron. You will need a lot of pre-knowledge of the characters and of "spook street" to understand this book. Whilst the dialogue positively crackles with intelligence and insight, I felt the story lacked a core character for the reader to latch on to, so at the end I felt a little unsatisfied. None the less, a slightly disappointing Mick Herron is still streets ahead of most of the current offerings in this genre.

The narrator has the perfect voice for these stories, except for his rendering of the gay American dwarf! What on earth was he thinking? I could also do with a little less phlegm in Jackson Lamb's throat.

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  • margaret allen
  • 03-02-21

Slough House

The whole series has been excellent all round and this did not disappoint. Well written and great narration. More please...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-21

Not enough Jackson

There is not enough Slough House character action. You don’t get a cohesive story / plot lines

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  • carolyn
  • 02-26-21

staggeringly good

Beautifully elegant prose, devilishly good plot and perfectly narrated. can't wait for the next book.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 02-24-21

Worth the wait in every way

I have absolutely loved the Slough House series and couldn’t wait for this book. The writing is perfect and the narration exquisite. I adore the writing of Mick Heron and the narration of Sean Barrett so much that I’m going to start the series from book 1 all over again.