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The Catch

A Slough House Novella
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Slough House, Book 6.5
Length: 2 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Summary

If life in the Intelligence Service has taught John Bachelor anything, it's to keep his head down. Especially now, when he's living rent-free in a dead spook's flat. 

So he's not delighted to be woken at dawn by a pair of Regent's Park's heavies, looking for a client he's not seen in years. John doesn't know what secrets Benny Manors has stolen, but they're attracting the wrong attention. And if he's to save his own skin, not to mention safeguard his living arrangements, John has to find Benny before those secrets see the light.  

Benny could be anywhere, provided it serves alcohol. So John sets out on a reluctant trawl through the bars of the capital, all the while plagued by the age-old questions: Will he end up sleeping in his car? How many bottles of gin can he afford at London prices? 

And just how far will Regent's Park go to prevent anyone rocking the Establishment's boat?  

©2020 Mick Herron (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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A little disappointing.

Not up to the standard of the Slough House series, or as good as The Drop.

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Not a full book but a good yarn

Audible users who ration their credits, and/or fans of Slough House might be disappointed to find this is just a short story.

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  • 01-02-20

Catch is up to scratch.

Just a teaser of the Slow Horses leaves the listener craving more. Listen to them all and you will be desperate for the next fix.

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Great story, perfect narration

This is a great novella in the Slough House series. Excellently read by Sean Barrett, one of the best narrators as far as I am concerned. The only disappointment is reaching the end and realising I have to wait until February 2021 for the next full Slough House novel. That seems like quite a wait. I am toying with the idea of re-reading the whole series between now and then. Slough House fans will not be disappointed. Newcomers could read this as a stand alone but I'd suggest starting at the beginning of the series.

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A warming nip from the Spook Street hip flask

This is little more than an extended coffee break of a novella but if that is what it is, the coffee is great and there's a nip of brandy and a decent danish in it too. Hapless 'Milkman' John Bachelor gets out of his depth again even in the tawdry shallows he flounders in. It seems that everyone is playing him as he is used by 'Lady Di' to help sort out a potential scandal starring a recently deceased American paedophile allegedly connected to a senior member of the Royal Family. As with all things Spook Street, nothing is quite what it seems and this entertaining episode is a lovely reminder of what we can all look forward to in 'Jackson Lamb 7'. Sean Barrett's narration is, as ever, pitch perfect.