All I really need is a good book. I mean physical media: hardcover, paperback, whatever. Kindles They’re convenient, sure, but I’m much more likely to choose paper printing and be fine in the long run.
That’s why I’m excited to see that right now, with black Friday just around the corner, the paperback edition of mick herronSlow horses are on sale for only $10, compared to $17, or a 40% discount. You may be familiar with the Apple TV Plus show of the same name. It’s one of my favorite streaming shows in recent years, starring Gary Oldman as the rumpled, sour-tongued, drunken boss of a shabby spy stable in professional purgatory. Herron’s book is what started it all.
This isn’t just fun for me: I spent my teenage years devouring spy thrillers, both books and movies, and literally got me into the intelligence business back in my 20s.
Until this fall, I had not read any of Herron’s books. Then I picked up his latest book, The Secret Hours, and it’s amazing. It’s not part of the Slough House series per se, but another take on the same world of British intelligence and modern-day London politics (with dodgy guys from both camps). It’s as sharply observed as the TV version of Slow Horses, and is as fun to read as it is to watch the show. Also, he has a flashback to the spying in Berlin, where something important happened. As the dust jacket says, it’s the “secret story Slough House fans have been waiting for.”
Now I’m curious to go to the source material: Slow Horses, the book. I have no problem reading the book and knowing how the TV series has developed so far. (TV programming note: Season 3 of Slow Horses begins on Apple TV Plus later this month.) The pleasure is in the reading itself, as well as seeing how what’s on the page was translated to the screen. I suspect that will lead me directly into the rest of the book series.
Also: The book on sale is the 10th anniversary edition with a foreword by Herron and “an exclusive story” featuring the Slow Horses characters.
Listen, I bought The Secret Hours in hardcover at full price. I’m delighted to see this edition of Slow Horses at a deep discount. I’d be tempted anyway, but that seals the deal.