Slow Horses

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm,” an observation by Franklin D. Roosevelt came to mind when I was watching the first two episodes of Slow Horses. It is a new television series that debuted on Apple TV+ this past weekend.

Slow Horses is a spy-genre novel of the same name by Mick Herron, an author widely regarded as a worthy inheritor of the crown worn for decades by John Le Carre. There is a special reason why I like Herron, as pointed out in an earlier blog post.

If le Carre’s books gave you a glimpse into the art of spycraft from a professional, Herron does a great job of giving a contemporary feel to his books. This is a unique skill — we live in a society with an increasing attention deficit, and the recent past gives the book more relevance. This blurring of reality and imagination is quite a heady mix, so I can’t stop reading Herron’s books. 

It all starts with Slow Horses. The novel and the series feature a motley crew of characters discarded by Britain’s MI5 agency for one reason or the other. They are all banished to a branch of the spy agency dubbed Slough House, though it is neither in Slough nor is it a house. Instead, it is an anonymous, dilapidated four-story walk-up over what we call a bodega and a Chinese restaurant.

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