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Slow Horses by Mick Herron
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Slow Horses

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Narrator Gerard Doyle
Length 10 hours 46 minutes
Language English
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Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who’ve screwed up a case in any number of ways—by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. River Cartwright, one such “slow horse,” is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations.

When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself.

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 has his own agenda.

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of the Slough House espionage series, four Oxford mysteries, and several standalone novels. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year awards.

Gerard Doyle reads everything from adult, young adult, and children's books to literary fiction, mysteries, humor, adventure, and fantasy. He has won countless AudioFile Earphones Awards and was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008. His audiobook credits include the bestselling Inheritance series (Eragon, Eldest, and Brisinger),  How to Train Your Dragon, The Looking Glass Wars, Clubland, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, and Risk Worth Taking. His career in British repertory theatre includes many productions, most notably The Crucible, The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Fiddler on the Roof.  In America, he has appeared in Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order.  Born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England, Gerard has taught drama at Ross School for the past several years.

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Reviews

“This is blackly funny, tense, and worryingly plausible. The most enjoyable British spy novel in years.”

“A funny, stylish, satirical, gripping story…Memorably seedy characters, sharp dialogue, complex plot. I’m hooked.”

“Herron avoids the easy cliché of misfits banding together to right a wrong, instead painting his slow horses as complex characters who are just as fallible as their ‘faster’ counterparts.

“[A] crackling good spy thriller-farce…filled with acidic wit and engaging misdirection…A wonderfully funny, farcical, deeply cynical skewering.”

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