I just got done with the audio version of Mick Herron's Slow Horses and ordered the printed novel. The story is character-driven, contemporary spy vs. spy, and highly recommended. By the time I finished listening to the audio, I could easily imagine what a great movie it would make, with Brian Cox cast as Jackson Lamb, Helen Mirren as Katherine Standish, Christopher Eccleston as Min, and Kate Winslet as Louisa. So far I haven't cast River Cartwright -- need a youngish, fair-haired Englishman (Jude Law is a little too old, but yum.)
Amazon description: Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who’ve screwed up a case in any number of ways—by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. River Carter, one such “slow horse,” is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. Is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone has his own agenda.