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review 2018-11-05 18:44
London Rules / Mick Herron
London Rules (Slough House) - Mick Herron

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 Ten; 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 Ho.

 

Over 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.

 

I think Mick Herron’s Slough House series just keeps improving! Herron brings his characteristic humour to the creation of the failed spies of Slough House, with characters who all exhibit personal problems that interfere daily with their ability to function.

Eight months of anger fucking management sessions, and this evening she'd officially be declared anger free. It had been hinted she might even get a badge. That could be a problem--if anyone stuck a badge on her, they'd be carrying their teeth home in a hanky.



Roderick Ho, the obnoxious computer nerd, gets to shine not-so-brightly in this installment. He’s been assigned to Slough House because of the ridiculous self-delusionary bubble that he inhabits, not because of a work screw up. And the nature of his personal fantasy life tips him into the hands of North Korean operatives, bent on showing the U.K. that the Hermit Kingdom is its superior.

Despite the fact that all the other damaged members of the House despise Rod, when a car tries to run him down while he is stalking Pokemon on his way to work, everyone decides that they need to protect one of their own. Needless to say, Ho didn’t notice the attempt on his life and remains pretty clueless throughout the book. After four other volumes, we would expect no less (or is that no more?) of the Rodster.

Jackson Lamb, the malignant supervisor of Slough House, is at his obnoxious best in this installment. He is smoking to excess, drinking to excess, not maintaining his personal hygiene, insulting everyone who crosses his path, and (still) emitting reeking farts at will. But as truly horrible as he is, he protects his own. I was particularly happy, when at the end of this book, Lamb insists

that Roddy Ho be returned to Slough House rather than terminated.

(spoiler show)

 

 

As Lamb remarks: Slough House, putting the “us” in “clusterfuck.”

 

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text 2018-11-01 17:18
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 336 pages.
London Rules (Slough House) - Mick Herron

Ho's room was heavy with an acrid, non-specific odour which caught and bottled, would probably kill rodents, or old people.  Louisa was breathing carefully.  On any list of rooms she was never likely to find herself in, this one was right behind Benedict Cumberbatch's, though for diametrically opposite reasons.

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text 2018-10-31 16:57
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 336 pages.
London Rules (Slough House) - Mick Herron

Lamb had assumed what the slow horses called his hippo-at-rest position: apparently docile, but you wouldn't want to get too close.

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text 2018-10-30 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 44 out of 336 pages.
London Rules (Slough House) - Mick Herron

Roderick Ho was hunting for Pokemon on the way to work and was saved by a coworker from being run over:

 

"Well then, let's assume it was a tourist.  An unexpected sighting of Roderick Ho would alarm almost anyone, and you know what foreigners are like.  Excitable. And rubbish drivers.  Why didn't Ho bring this up himself, anyway?  Not usually a shrinking violet, is he?  More like poison ivy."

"He didn't notice," Shirley said.

Lamb stared at her for a moment or two, then nodded.  "Yeah, okay.  I can see that happening."

 

*******

 

 

 

Before she could stop herself, she said, "Shirley reckons we should keep an eye on Ho."

"What, watch his back?"

"That kind of thing."

"After hours?"

"The only harm he'll come to here is from us."

"You know he goes clubbing, don't you?"

"I figured."

"With, I can only assume, like-minded people. People like Ho?" He paused. "We'll want hazmat suits."

 

 

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text 2018-10-29 17:04
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 336 pages.
London Rules (Slough House) - Mick Herron

Eight months of anger fucking management sessions, and this evening she'd officially be declared anger free. It had been hinted she might even get a badge. That could be a problem--if anyone stuck a badge on her, they'd be carrying their teeth home in a hanky.

 

I'm glad I accidentally picked up this book this morning.  Thank you, Mick Herron, for another episode in the Slough House series.

 

 

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