Slough House

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,288 ratings

Slow Horses Summary

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations. But when a young man is abducted, and it’s threatened that he’ll be beheaded live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem him.

Is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone involved has their own agenda….

©2010 Mick Herron (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Slow Horses

    • Slough House, Book 1
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

    Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Smiley than Pilgrim

    • By Robert on 17-08-17

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 2

    • Dead Lions

    • Slough House, Book 2
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 698
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 646
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638

    London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

    • By Rogayah on 03-11-16

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 2.5

    • The List

    • A Slough House Novella
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account - and there's only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career's worth of spy secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mick herron and Sean Barrett a marriage made in heaven

    • By veronica on 27-07-17

    Regular price: £3.49

  • Book 3

    • Real Tigers

    • Slough House, Book 3
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 624
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622

    London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Undiluted enjoyment

    • By Earnest on 10-03-16

    Regular price: £20.69

  • Book 4

    • Spook Street

    • Slough House, Book 4
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 687
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 645
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 642

    Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another scorcher

    • By K on 04-10-17

    Regular price: £20.69

  • Book 5

    • London Rules

    • Slough House, Book 5
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 585
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 554
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552

    London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist who's crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping. Brilliantly entertaining.

    • By Belinda on 09-02-18

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 5.5

    • The Drop

    • A Slough House Novella
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great writer and master storyteller

    • By Brian on 04-06-19

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 6

    • Joe Country

    • Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A little disappointed...

    • By ThePuss on 30-06-19

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Joe Country

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced spies of MI5, 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. Meanwhile, in Regent's Park, Diana Taverner's tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she's going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil....

    Regular price: £25.69

  • Book 7

    • Jackson Lamb 7

    • By: Mick Herron
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The seventh book in the multi-award winning Jackson Lamb series.

    Regular price: £21.99