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I like Mick Herron's writing style, characters, and story line a lot, and will continue to read all of the books in the Slough House series (keep 'em coming). That said, I thought this novel was good, but not quite as inspired or "effortless" as previous books.
I think Herron has stumbled onto something unique with his "Slough House" series. He is smart to capitalize on this real-estate. The characters are funny, flawed, quirky, under-estimated, desperate, and skilled. The combination of personalities, combined with a gritty atmosphere, creates a sense of place that is just waiting to be filled with intrigue, and something sinister.
Fair warning: there are quite a number of characters in this world, and occassionally one of them will be introduced by name and take part in what's happening. If you are not clear about who this character is, it can be a little confusing. If you are good at keeping track of names and characters, this will not be a problem for you. (some of us need a reminder about who this person is, like an identifying characteristic, or a visual descriptor, subtly mentioned while the character is coming into the scene).
Herron will occasionally indulge the reader in side-stories that do little to advance the plot, or will reward faithful listeners with little nuggets from previous books. This endears the reader, and is a testament to his skill as a writer. However, I would feel more rewarded if Herron sharpened the plot instead, and kept the characters and story in line.
I have read more than half a dozen novels by Herron, and appreciate that he always has a solid plot (beginning, middle, end), and the plot always makes sense, and I am always satisfied with the ending. I appreciate that in any author I read, and think it is worth acknowledging here.
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Do yourself the favor of hearing this series in order: Slow Horses,Dead Lions,Real Tigers. Crossing my fingers hoping these very special, damaged, fried spooks will return for books four,five,and more..
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