Thursday, June 6, 2024

Real Tigers by Mick Herron -- BOOK BEGINNING



Real Tigers by Mick Herron

Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.


Like most forms of corruption, it began with men in suits. 

-- from Real Tigers by Mick Herron, book three in his Slough House series. 

I just finished this one and loved it. The plots are intricate (sometimes confusingly so) and the characters are so wonderfully flawed. Jackson Lamb, the leader of the Slow Horses, says the most outrageous stuff! 

I've been trying to read as many of the series as I can before I start watching the tv show. That hasn't been difficult because The Tourist kept me enthralled for a couple of weeks, between seasons of Justified. We just started season four of Justified, so I still have time to read more of the Herron books. 

Have you read any of the Slough House books? Or watched the tv show?


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

Freda at Freda's Voice started and hosted The Friday 56 for a long, long time. She is taking a break and Anne at My Head is Full of Books has taken on hosting duties in her absence. Please visit Anne's blog and link to your Friday 56 post.


-- from Real Tigers:

On the move, walking faster, she found her phone, re-called Lamb, and went straight to voicemail again. Disconnecting, she once more considered knocking on a stranger’s door: but then what?

When one of their own is kidnapped, the washed-up MI5 operatives of Slough House—the Slow Horses, as they're known—outwit rogue agents at the very highest levels of British Intelligence, and even to Downing Street itself.

London: Slough House is the MI5 branch where disgraced operatives are reassigned after they’ve messed up too badly to be trusted with real intelligence work. The “Slow Horses,” as the failed spies of Slough House are called, are doomed to spend the rest of their careers pushing paper, but they all want back in on the action.


  1. Great opening. Have a great weekend!

  2. I haven't read the books or watched the show, but the series seems interesting. I like the snippets too. Have a great weekend!

  3. I really like that opening line! Thanks for sharing!

  4. "Wonderfully flawed" characters are some of the best. This sounds really good. I'll have to check out the series. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend!


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