Spook Street

Mick Herron


Spook Street

Spook Street

  • Title: Spook Street
  • Author: Mick Herron
  • ISBN: 9781616956479
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover



A shakeup at MI5 and a terrorist attack on British soil set in motion clandestine machinery known to few modern spies David Cartwright isn t a modern spy, however he s legend and a bonafide Cold War hero He s also in his dotage and losing his mind to Alzheimer s His stories of stotes hiding in the bushes, following his every move have been dismissed by friends and faA shakeup at MI5 and a terrorist attack on British soil set in motion clandestine machinery known to few modern spies David Cartwright isn t a modern spy, however he s legend and a bonafide Cold War hero He s also in his dotage and losing his mind to Alzheimer s His stories of stotes hiding in the bushes, following his every move have been dismissed by friends and family for years Cartwright may be losing track of reality but he s certain about one thing Old spooks don t go quietly and neither do the secrets they keep What happens when an old spook loses his mind Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don t remember they re secret Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Home Office to watch him But River has other things to worry about A bomb has detonated in the middle of a busy shopping center and killed forty innocent civilians The agents of Slough House have to figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.


Recent Comments "Spook Street"

This cult series set in the world of spooks in London has fast become a must read for me. This is a superb addition with two storylines. I view our slow horses with both warmth and affection, Rodney and his fantasies about women, River, Catherine, Louise et al. They may well be seen as the dregs, screw ups and failures of British Intelligence but they are the stars, none more so than the ghastly, offensive, repugnant genius that is Jackson Lamb, the Head. Lamb is a wily, brilliant man who can ru [...]

This is the fourth in the Slough House series – which is, to my mind, the best spy series since Le Carre. I really feel this series should be read in order; the first novel is, “Slow Horses,” but however you discover them, if you enjoy witty, dark, intelligent and realistic spy novels, then you need to give these a try.The novel begins with a bomb in a shopping centre, which, of course, the Secret Services are involved in investigating. Well, all except the residents of Slough House, which [...]

5/5 on the Hoot-meterI tried, I really tried. The plan was to make it last. Read a few chapters, put it down, then repeat. Right…I read it in a day because I was just having too much fun. When a new Mick Herron book comes out I will beg, borrow & steal to get my hands on it & this just might be the best of the bunch.The prologue yanks you into a typical mall somewhere in London. It’s full of busy shoppers & bored teens lounging around the fountain. Then the unspeakable happens. A [...]

I just love these Slough House books! Who would guess that disgraced and demoted MI5 agents would be so interesting?In the beginning, I'm excited, eager, a bit reserved, though. I hope this will be another great book in the series. The story opens slowly until bang! Then Part One begins. We enter Slough House where people are up to no good. The mice will play! Reacquaint with previous slow horses; acquaint with new (Moira Tregorian, JK Coe). Fifty-six pages in and my heart stops. So, yeah, now I [...]

This is the 4th book in the 'Slough House' series by author Mick Herron. Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who have messed up a case. The "slow horses," are given menial tasks rather than be trusted on bigger cases.After a shaky start to this series I am now rapidly working my way through these books and having lots of enjoyment doing it. The more I read of this series the more I like it. Another adventure for the rejected spies who are continuing to grow on me the [...]

Mick Herron has really hit his stride with the fourth book in the Slough House series! River Cartwright is an inspired creation, grandson of an admired British “spook” (that’s a spy to you & me) who has been sabotaged during a training exercise by a frenemy and ended up in Slough House, the place where failed spies go to be punished for their sins.There’s been a bombing of a shopping centre, plus River is starting to worry about his grandfather’s mental state. He has the same conce [...]

Mick Herron just writes THE best spy and espionage series in the world. When I read Slow Horses I was slowly enveloped into this world, I've been a huge fan ever since. Quirky, funny, emotional, with characters that just leap off the page, it is entirely beautiful to read and so intensely absorbing that it takes an age to come back to reality.This instalment finds River worried about family - and in a family of spies it ain't the usual worry. Changes have been afoot at Slough House due to previo [...]

“Slough House was a branch of the Service, certainly, but ‘arm’ was pitching it strong. As was ‘finger’, come to that; fingers could be on the button or on the pulse. Fingernails, now: those you clipped, discarded, and never wanted to see again. So Slough House was a fingernail of the Service: a fair step from Regent’s Park geographically, and on another planet in most other ways. Slough House was where you ended up when all the bright avenues were closed to you. It was where they se [...]

Slough House on the outskirts of London is an offshoot of MI5, where the “Slow Horses” of the department, unsuited to active service, spend their working days in administrative oblivion, headed by the odious but wily Jackson Lamb.It is January: a suicide bomber has let off an explosive device in a shopping centre, filled with young people taking part in a ”flash mob” dance routine and London is on high alert. Lamb has not been seen since September but the staff at Slough House are kept o [...]

Slough House is the home of the “Slow Horses,” those MI5 agents who have screwed up one too many times. For some, one screwup may be enough, like when an agent leaves sensitive intelligence documents on the Tube. For others, like those with alcohol, gambling, anger-management and general dickishness issues, the transfer across the river from MI5 headquarters was more of a last straw kind of thing.Why transfer the losers to Slough House instead of just canning them? The idea is that while fir [...]

This fourth in Herron's unique Slough House series once again gives us a twisty (if not completely credible) plot as the failures and has-beens, the 'slow horses', uncover a conspiracy that goes back to just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, things get very personal for River Cartwright, and - again - not everyone survivesWhat really makes this series for me is the brilliant Jackson Lamb, the kind of spy-master that Dickens might have created: grubby in his personal habits, pin-s [...]

Mick Herron has created a fantastic series of spy thrillers in the Slough House series and this, the fourth, is well up to the brilliant standard of its predecessors.Not a great deal more need be said, really, but this is another rather twisty tale of the washed-up spooks of Slough House, dragged into the aftermath of a terrorist outrage and lots of consequent internal Intelligence politics and nefarious dealings, some going back decades. The plot is good, although perhaps slightly less plausibl [...]

Another outstanding thriller, in this exceptional series. I didn’t mean to go straight from book 3 to book 4, I have so many others to read, although the need to get to book 5 to review it for NetGalley is a fabulously convenient excuse, I just couldn’t help myself.Six months after the events of Real Tigers, and not much has changed at Slough House, although Louisa is recovering from her grief, River has a new office-mate, the post-traumatically stressed JK, Marcus’ gambling is out of cont [...]

The fourth in the Slough House / Jackson Lamb series by Mick Herron introduces a couple of new characters. And if Herron keeps killing the regulars off, I guess we'll continue to see new faces. Although the dour Moira is a poor replacement for Catherine Standish, I quite liked JK Coe and his quiet, unassuming, vart but also vaumatised way. There have also been some changes at the top of MI5 after the double and triple crossing catastrophes of the third book in the series. I'm still really enjoyi [...]

An absolute joy of a beach read. Jackson Lamb is the most fun and flatulent of heros to stagger on the scene for a long time. The best!

This fourth in Herron's unique Slough House series once again gives us a twisty (if not completely credible) plot as the failures and has-beens, the 'slow horses', uncover a conspiracy that goes back to just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, things get very personal for River Cartwright, and - again - not everyone survivesWhat really makes this series for me is the brilliant Jackson Lamb, the kind of spy-master that Dickens might have created: grubby in his personal habits, pin-s [...]

I am so thankful for authors like Mick Herron! I was at a bit of a low point, not finding much to inspire the joy of reading in me, when Spook Street, the fourth in Herron’s Slough House series popped up on my Overdrive library app. Amazingly the book was mine for the borrowing and I dove right in. Mick Herron is one of those authors who has managed to keep the character and plot development going from strength to strength in this series. The spooks at Slough House are ‘losers’, rejects fr [...]

Even better second time around!

There is little in life to equal the anticipation of a new Slough House novel. Okay, some IRL things are better, but in the realm of genre book anticipation realm this is up there with Megan Abbott, Tana French, Brian Staveley, G.R.R. Martin, and Robin Hobb.Guess what, Herron doesn't disappoint. Is it a perfect book? No. Still this series never fails to deliver a thrilling and scathing cynical plot and writing rich with deadpan humor and delicious characterizations. Is Spook Street the best entr [...]

Herron is probably the most unusual author working in the spy genre today. He's funny in a sly, aside, did he really mean that the way it seems to me type of way. You won't find yourself falling on the floor with laughter but you'll probably have a grin on your face as you read. "Spook Street" is Herron's fifth novel based on the Slough House group of spies and it's the first book of his I've read. I won't say I felt like I was playing catch up but their were more than a few references to past h [...]

Book number four in a stunningly original spy series. This is not all James Bond action, this is about the “Slow Horses”, intelligence agents parked where they can do no harm. What works so very well is the brilliant dialogue (not a comedy, but I laughed out loud a few times at some very sharp dialogue), some very well drawn characters and some clever plots wrapped around the politics of the Intelligence Service.In Spook Street a terrorist incident seems to have its origin buried in the past [...]

Totally satisfying modern spy book. Great dialog (how do you do that?) and interesting, flawed f up's who still come off as the good side of a slow, mischievous war. Basically they're not a friend of Sessions or Pure Evil. This is book four in a series that chronicles a division of MI5 misfit losers, losers because they lost big at some point in their service career - mistake in the field, violent outburst caught on iPhone, ptsd, put out to pasture - who are known as the Slow Horses. They don't [...]

Ian Rankin says this is "a terrific spy novel". That's good enough for me and I've read the first 3 in the Jackson Lamb series. This is number 4 and if Ian Rankin says it's terrific - which it is - that should be good enough for you too. Highly recommended.

When a friend suggested that Mick Herron was up there with John Le Carré, I was dubious. John Le Carré is an all time great, a titan, however she is quite correct. Not only does Mick Herron achieve similar levels of literary greatness, he has also managed to update Le Carré’s Cold War settings into a recognisable and contemporary 21st century. It’s an extraordinary achievement. Herron’s irreverent Slough House series breathes new life into the spying and espionage genre. Having read all [...]

The more I get to know these characters, the higher the stakes get, and Herron is positively Whedon-esque the way he'll kill someone off out of nowhere. I loved learning more about the OB, and I can't help but wonder if there really *was* (is?) a place like the compound in France. I know so little about spies that I kind of believe anything.Also, DAZZLE SHIPS. How did I not know dazzle ships were a thing?? The more you know.

4.5 *

A bit of a slow and confusing start to this, but once the action kicked off there was no stopping this book. A book of many twists and turns and surprises. I'm a big fan of the Tom Clancy series, and have been searching desperately for another spy thriller series, it appears I've found it in Mick Herron and Jackson Lamb and his band of rejects. Great find of a new author to me, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

If you've been reading these books and thinking, "Okay, but at some point, something's gonna happen with the O.B.", this is the one where something does. The side point I'm most interested in now is Diana Taverner and her striving toward First Desk.

Absolutely superb. Well plotted, suspenseful, frequent hilarious one liners, clear characterization, etc etc etc.

In a television series, the denizens of Mick Herron's Slough House series would be known as an "ensemble cast." From one episode (or book) to the next, the same characters keep appearing,, playing their expected roles. Typically, on TV, none of these characters leaves the scene, unless an actor decides to depart for better terms elsewhere or an idiosyncratic author elects to retire a character for reasons of her own. But Slough House is not like that. Characters die. The ensemble cast mutates fr [...]


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