Don’t say there’s nothing new under the sun until you have sampled Mick Herron’s comic take on spy novels under the heading Slough House. The workers inside are mess-ups, spies in the mold of .007 and George Smiley, but with a black mark that has relegated them to second-class (No! Let’s say 7th or 8th class) British spookdom. Is it possible for such a rag-tag, not-at-all-cohesive bunch to achieve anything?
Come to “a back door which sticks in all weathers,” climb “a staircase whose creaking suggests imminent collapse,” and be ready for four stories of offices housing a thriller you can’t put down.
Slow Horses is the first in a series of six Slough House novels.
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