Dead Lions: Slough House Thriller 2

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Dead Lions: Slough House Thriller 2

Dead Lions: Slough House Thriller 2

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Slough House is an administrative purgatory for MI5 service rejects who have bungled their job but have not been sacked.

Old spies (lions), current spies (who think they're also lions but may not be) and slow horses who've blown their chance to be anything else but losers in MI5 who seem to be staffed full of donkeys although they believe they're young Turks, young lions indeed but have to rescued, effectively, by the very people they've put out to pasture for messing up in various ways.As I said, Slow Horses had set a very high standard as its plot played just within its cynical parameters of reality.

Slow Horses is based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron, which is part of the author's Slough House series. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient secrets that seems to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, and a decades-old conspiracy with a brand-new target: London's newest, tallest skyscraper . Chieftain agents storm the building and capture Douglas, the facility's sole security employee, who is ruthlessly executed by Duffy shortly afterwards. There is one moment that nearly made me stop reading the book and give up: he doesn’t just drink in front of the recovering alcoholic Catherine; he doesn’t just offer her a drink; he pours and places a drink in front of her! Back in the day when Europe was still struggling with the cold war syndrome Jackson Lamb was a force to be reckoned with.Alongside this, Arkady Pashkin, a Russian oligarch, has been invited to talks by the slimy James “Spider” Webb in the Needle and he has seconded Harper and Guy to babysit him – a term that seems to mean both protect him and keep tabs on him – for those talks.

Lamb’s tempting Catherine to drink again was just cruel and unnecessary, a step too far for that particular characterisation. Unfortunately like some modern paperbacks the pages came out almost immediately so I'm not keeping for a 2nd read or to share. Webb instructs River to steal the Prime Minister's vetting file from MI5 headquarters ('the Park') before midday (an hour) or Standish will be killed. I like how the author presents several “fronts” where characters are handling certain tasks and how those “fronts” all come together to reveal the nefarious plans of their opponents.Having discovered the fallout of the failed operation, the Director-General of the Security Service, Ingrid Tearney, pulls out of a State Department meeting in the US and heads back to London, giving Taverner limited time to tie off loose ends. This series about the "slow horses" - agents who have somehow disgraced themselves (or who, like Roddy Ho, are just so irritating that no-one likes them enough to want them on their team) - seeks at every turn to pile on the cynicism, especially of senior staff and even more so of politicians, to the point where you can't believe that the Service has any remaining ideals. These agents all failed in previous missions and are a dumping ground of miscreants, the 'Slow Horses' are involved with the Russians this time.

Former field agent Richard Bough, aka Dickie Bow, recognizes and follows a man who tortured him during the Cold War, only to die on a rail replacement bus from an apparent heart attack. Now Lamb's got his phone, on it the last secret Dickie ever told, and reason to believe an old-time Moscow-style op is being run in the Intelligence Service's back-yard.Apple's acclaimed espionage drama "Slow Horses," starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, unveils trailer for season three". Lights from houseboats pooled on the river’s surface, illuminating a pair of canoes which whipped out of sight even as Dickie Bow registered them: two frail crafts built for speed, furrowing the water on a chilly March evening. Mind you, I am not the only one who took their time coming across this series: Dead Lions wasn’t able to find a UK publisher for years and sank without a trace initially according to The Guardian, and Waterstones made Slow Horses their thriller of the month seven years after it first publication. This was met with a communal groan of disgust, and not a little swearing, but most impressively to Dickie Bow, immediate readiness.



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