5 Thrilling Spy Novels for Fans of Slow Horses on Apple TV+

Posted on February 28, 2023

by Franco V

Slow Horses on Apple TV+, based on the Slough House series on novels by Mick Herron, is about a group on second-rate British spies navigating their way through the inner workings of MI5 while dealing with everyday spy stuff like kidnappings, ex-Soviet sleeper agents, betrayal, and paperwork. In a departure from most spy fiction, the series’ main character, Cold War spy veteran Jackson Lamb, isn’t the typical well-regarded hero with complexities (LeCarre’s George Smiley) or flashy womanizer (Fleming’s James Bond). Lamb is instead trends toward eating too much Chinese takeout, chain-smoking cigarettes, letting loose flatulence in abundance, and generally being an all around jerk.

If you’ve fallen in love with the TV series, already love the books, or are simply looking for a thrilling romp through a nest of spies, here are the novels for you.

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

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Box 88 by Charles Cumming

Alias Emma by Ava Glass


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