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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 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.

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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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Yep I got caught!

It’s an interesting yarn and based loosely on the truth no doubt. However to charge a full credit for a two hour story is unfair.

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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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A little disappointing.

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

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Very short but very satisfying

Yes, it's very short and perhaps not quite worth a full credit, however I thoroughly enjoyed this little sideline of the Slough House narrative. Double cross all round with a twist at the end, it kept me engaged for the whole two hours.

Another great narration by the reader. Top marks all round.

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Snappy dark tale.

Great storyline that 'wraps up' one of the threads from 'Joe Country'. Excellent narration, as ever. And now onto 'Slough House'. (The next installment in the series).

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Excellent, just wanted more. like an addiction.

Mick Herron doing what he does best and Sean Barrett making it leap off the page. Short text but a deceptively long journey. can't wait for the next one.

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I don't think I am the target audience.

Beautifully read but I didn't care about any of the characters. Each one seemed soulless.

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Unputdownable

Lovely follow up to Joe Country. Not essential to have read it but it adds a layer if you have. Herron hits the target yet again.
Clever plot as always interspersed with his unique, laugh-out-loud descriptive passages.