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Joe Country

Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Slough House, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

'We're spies,' said Lamb. 'All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.'

Like the ringing of a dead man's phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral....

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

This time, they're heading into joe country.

And they're not all coming home. 

©2019 Mick Herron (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A little disappointed...

Perhaps it was the anticipation... previously I was catching up with the series, but I didn't find this outing as satisfying as the previous ones. The final chapter wrapping up was too quickly done, as if the whole thing was written to a set length.
However the narration as ever was superb, and I think the "thinning out" of characters will help bring back the feeling of previous books.
I might have been a bit generous in my review score though. It was enjoyable but if you're new to Slough House and Jackson Lamb do start at the beginning of the series... please!

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Another 'Slow Horse' classic.

Jackson Lamb continues his acerbic direction of the 'Slow Horses' as they venture into 'Joe country' once more.

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Losing the way in Joe Country

I’m sad to say that this series has begun to lose its way. The last instalment wasn’t great and this is pretty weak. Feels like the author has run out of ideas and is writing to a formula now. The story lacks nuance and the ‘big twist’ only goes to show that the characters have run out of road. I loved the first few of these but am not sure I’ll be buying the next one. Here is to hoping the TV series is as good as the first novels and Mr. Herron has the time to conjure up some fresh ideas. I’m sure his publishers won’t afford him this luxury, however.

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Oh dear

I've loved this series but perhaps it has now reached the end - indeed the ending suggests that may well be the case, unless Mick Herron has other plans for his characters. If you too have been following the slow horses you will want to (need to) listen to this. But it may be that I'm not alone in thinking this one isn't up to the standard we are used to.

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  • CM
  • 07-05-20

Binge listened !

Well I have Binge listened this series while in lock down . I loved all the books the first, Slow Horses starts a bit slowly but that is so the Author can set up the location and characters. These are spy thrillers with a twist. The heroes are actually damaged goods condemned by MI 5 to work in obscurity at Slough house until they give up and leave . They are the slow horses overseen and bullied by there objectionable boss Jackson Lamb.
However these rejects pull together in a rather haphazard way to foil some very bad people doing very bad things to our country. Definitely not a romp but very satisfying , total escapism . You must listen to them in order .

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exceptional..as ever

I have said it before and I will say it until the last sunset but the combination of the author and the narrator is a match made in heaven. the comedic yet poignant theme and character of every book it's just one small part of why my boundless happiness of starting each book by these two is nearly matched by my deep deep sorrow when I know the book is coming to an end. I want 100 more books of this fantastic platform that nick heron has created.

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Brexit Remainer ruins his own spy book

I love these books, but Herron’s get more Brexit digs in than James O Brian hosting Have I Got News For You. He obviously hates Boris too and assumes the reader does too.

The saving grace is theJackson Lamb dialog. Inspired.

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A real treat

Loved this. Blazed through it in just over two days. Not great literature. Its not even on par with le Carré but this series has a propulsive plot which is hard to resist. A well recommend waste of time. Can't wait for the next installment or the promised telly production.

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same same

These story's are getting same same whith the characters getting into the same or similar predicaments

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another well planned thriller

New faces adds spice to the mix and looking forward to more for Jackson Lamb and co.

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  • Richard
  • 29-01-20

Highly Entertaining

Like other books in this series, the book is funny, well written and fast paced.
Just as important, the narration is superb!

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  • Ryan Read
  • 16-10-19

Another great book

I eagerly waited for the release of this book and it didn't disappoint. Of the few constant Slough House regulars, Jackson Lamb is king. He is that ingredient that makes this series great.

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  • Richard Punter
  • 04-08-19

Herron + Barrett = Genius

I have no idea if this is "literature" or not and don't much care. Herron's writing and Barrett's narration turn these novels into a wonderful listening experience.

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  • Mark
  • 01-07-19

I like this series about the slow horses

I like this series about the slow horses, Mick Herron's style of writing and Sean Barrett's narration are easy to listen to. His character developments provide solid background and the pace quickens as his plots become more mysterious and sinister. Jackson Lamb, River Cartwright and others continue their day to day drudgery at Slough House, as punishment for professional failure, with ocassional ventures into the world of real spies and espionage. This one, involving multiple murders, sees Cartwright's grandfather buried, his estranged American father return and Lamb manipulate a covert foreign agent. This series is in my library's top tier.

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  • Reena
  • 30-06-19

Don't Start Here...Get books 1 to 5 first

I've been waiting for the release of this book since last year. I had fears that it couldn't possibly live up to its predecessors but it was brilliant, as usual. Mick Herron is a master and works in some hilarious one-liners and that can't be easy when the topic (espionage) is so serious. Rich character development makes you feel like you know the main players. You'll be hooked after you start book 1.