Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Slow Horses (Slough House #1), by Mick Herron

Blackstone Audio, January 2017 (original publication January 2010)

River Cartwright was a rising young star in the British secret service, until suddenly he wasn't. Now he sits at Slough House, one of the "slow horses," transcribing cell phone conversations and hoping for a real assignment.

And then a young man is kidnapped by a shadowy group who claim they'll cut off his head on live tv. This particular young man seems like no one at all, the son of Pakistani immigrants who run a soft goods store. The catch is that he's the nephew of a very senior member of the Pakistani intelligence services.

The group that has kidnapped him is part of the British nationalist movement.

What follows is a desperate rush to find the young man and the people behind his kidnapping--and the people behind them. The hands of British intelligence might not be clean on this one, and the rejects at Slough House might be involved, or they might be the young man's only hope.

It's nicely complicated, and the background and character development worked very will for me. Everyone, at Slough House, at headquarters, and even among the kidnappers and those behind them, turns out to be interestingly more layered and complicated than they appear at first glance. That doesn't mean, by the way, that there are no good guys and no bad guys. There are! It's just not easy to tell which is which at first.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.