• London Rules

  • Slough House, Book 5
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Series: Slough House, Book 5
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-01-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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; from the PM's favourite Muslim, who's about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he's hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.
Meanwhile, the country's being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone's trying to kill Roddy Hoover at Slough House. The crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively they're about to rediscover their greatest strength - that of making a bad situation much, much worse.
It's a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren't going to break themselves.
©2018 Mick Herron (P)2018 John Murray Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 02-14-18


Mick Herron has to be one of the best crime/spy writers on the scene today. Not only is he an intelligent and highly skilled writer who is a joy to read but he has a wickedly acute sense of humour and is an wry observer of our common humanity.
The Slough House series goes from strength to strength.
i can't recommend this book highly enough - outstanding.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belinda on 02-09-18

Gripping. Brilliantly entertaining.

I love Mick Herron’s dialogue. It is clever and insightful and funny. Depicts the characters brilliantly. Fantastic storytelling.
Sean Barrett’s narration is perfect. Tone, timing and interpretation all incredible. Hugely talented voice actor.
I’m a big fan of Slough House.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 02-13-18

Best one yet!

I have really enjoyed reading all five of the currently available books in this series. Love the variety of deeply flawed characters and the careful, complicated plot lines. Sean Barrett isn’t bad, either!

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3 out of 5 stars
By soo jay on 02-25-18

Set my teeth on edge.

I usually can't get enough of the Slough House books, and Sean Barrett's narration. However, with this one Barrett has changed the way he performs the voice of Jackson Lamb, arguably the central character of the series. His voice is irritatingly phlegmy and moist and Lamb sounds like he's about to wheeze his last at any moment. I had to struggle to get through the book because the squelchy rumblings of Lamb. The story was worth it though; the best Slough House book yet.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 02-10-18

Possibly best yet

Great story. As always excellent reading by Barrett. Niggling worry though that I will not be able to stick with Lamb's increasing personal grossness (and Herron's increasingly juvenile obsession with farting). Only so much of that a woman can overlook.

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