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Mick Herron Biography & Facts

Mick Herron is a British mystery and thriller novelist. He is the author of the Slough House series, early novels of which have been adapted for the Slow Horses television series. He won the Crime Writers' Association 2013 Gold Dagger award for Dead Lions. Early life Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he earned a degree in English. He is one of six children; his father was an optician and his mother a nursery-school teacher. Career In 2003, Herron published his first novel, Down Cemetery Road. It was the first volume in a four-book series about Zoë Boehm, an Oxford private detective. In 2010, he began the Slough House spy series with the first volume Slow Horses. The series concerns MI5 agents who have been exiled from the agency mainstream for various failures. The second volume, Dead Lions, published in 2013, won the Crime Writers' Association 2013 Gold Dagger award. Herron has stated that the lead character, Jackson Lamb, was influenced by Reginald Hill's Andy Dalziel. As of December 2022, the series includes eight novels, plus several associated novellas, and events in related novels. Early volumes have also been adapted for television. Slow Horses was published by Constable in 2010, but the firm declined the opportunity to publish the next book in the series in the United Kingdom due to disappointing sales of its predecessor. Soho published the Slough House novels in the United States, and John Murray started republishing the series in the UK from 2015. Herron's short stories have been regularly published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and some are collected in the book All the Livelong Day, published in 2013. Bibliography Zoë Boehm series Down Cemetery Road (2003) The Last Voice You Hear (2004) Why We Die (2006) Smoke and Whispers (2009) The Slough House series (Jackson Lamb) Slow Horses (2010) Dead Lions (2013) The List (2015 novella) Real Tigers (2016) Spook Street (2017) London Rules (2018) The Drop (US title: The Marylebone Drop) (2018 novella) Joe Country (2019) The Catch (2020 novella) The Last Dead Letter (2020 novella) Slough House (2021) Bad Actors (2022) Standing by the Wall (2022 novella) Standalone novels Reconstruction (2008) Nobody Walks (2015) This Is What Happened (2018) The Secret Hours (2023) Although not part of the Slough House series, Reconstruction, Nobody Walks and The Secret Hours use some of the same characters and provide some character backstory. In story terms, Reconstruction is set before Slow Horses, whereas Nobody Walks comes after The List and before Spook Street. The Secret Hours is set around the time of or after Bad Actors but includes a section set well before the series begins. Short story collections All the Livelong Day (2013) "All the Livelong Day" "The Usual Santas" "Proof of Love" (Zoë Boehm) "Mirror Images" (Zoë Boehm) "Lost Luggage" Dolphin Junction (2021) "Proof of Love" (Zoë Boehm) "Remote Control" "Luggage" "Mirror Images" (Zoë Boehm) "Junction" "An American Fridge" "The Other Half" "All the Livelong Day" "The Last Dead Letter" (Slough House) "The Usual Santas" "What We Do" This collection features five standalone crime fiction stories complemented by four mystery stories featuring Zoë Boehm and Joe Silvermann. It also includes tales with Jackson Lamb of Slough House. Standing by the Wall: The Collected Slough House Novellas (2022) - Includes all novellas in the Slough House series published as of 2022. The List (2015) The Drop (US title: The Marylebone Drop) (2018) The Catch (2020) The Last Dead Letter (2020) Standing by the Wall (2022) Adaptation The Slough House series has been adapted for television under the name Slow Horses, starring Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, with the first six-part season, based on the book Slow Horses, streamed on Apple TV+ from 1 April 2022. The second season, based on Dead Lions, was filmed back-to-back with the first and premiered on 2 December 2022. It was announced in June 2022 that further seasons, adapting Real Tigers and Spook Street, had been greenlit. Season 3, based on Real Tigers, premiered on Apple TV+ 29 November 2023. Awards "Dolphin Junction" Joint winner, Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award 2009 Slow Horses Longlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2010 Winner, USC Libraries Scripter Award 2023 Dead Lions Shortlisted for Barry Award 2014, for best thriller Shortlisted for Macavity Prize for best novel, 2014 Winner, CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2013 Winner, Palle Rosenkrantz Award 2020 Nobody Walks Shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2015 Real Tigers Shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016 Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2016 Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2017 Winner, USC Libraries Scripter Award 2024 Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2017 Spook Street Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2017 Winner, CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017, Spook Street Shortlisted, British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year 2018 Shortlisted for Barry Award 2018, for best thriller Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2018 Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2018 London Rules Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2018 Shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2018 Shortlisted, Last Laugh Award, 2019 Shortlisted for Barry Award 2019, for best thriller Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2019 Winner, Capital Crime Best Thriller Award 2019 Joe Country Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2020 Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2020 Slough House Winner, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2022 Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2022 Shortlisted for Barry Award 2022, for best thriller Bad Actors Longlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2023 Shortlisted, Last Laugh Award, 2023 Shortlisted for Barry Award 2023, for best thriller The Secret Hours Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2024 Shortlisted for Barry Award 2024, for best thriller Shortlisted, International Thriller Writers award 2024 Shortlisted British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2024 Shortlisted, Fingerprint Awards Book of the Year 2024 Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2024 Personal life Herron lives in Oxford. He enjoys playing squash. His partner is Jo Howard, a 'headhunter for the publishing industry' and 'leadership development consultant', formerly a Commercial Director at Waterstones Booksellers. References External links Official website Mick Herron Spybrary podcast interview Interview with Profile magazine|The dark(ly comic) side of MI5, Page by: Jim Sullivan – Profile BBC Radio 4 - Bookclub | Mick Herron: Slow Horses. Discover the Mick Herron popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Mick Herron books.

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  • A Very British Ending synopsis, comments

    A Very British Ending

    Edward Wilson

    A gripping espionage thriller about an establishment plot to take control of 1970s Britain, by a writer who is 'poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carre''The thinking person's...

  • Smoke and Whispers synopsis, comments

    Smoke and Whispers

    Mick Herron

    Oxford private detective Zoë Boehm turns up dead in Newcastle, launching her friend Sarah Tucker into an investigation with several leadsbut no one she can trust. When a body ...

  • The Last Voice You Hear synopsis, comments

    The Last Voice You Hear

    Mick Herron

    Oxford private investigator Zoë Boehm struggles with the aftereffects of her violent past as she hunts for a killeror has she become the hunted? Zoë Boehm has harbored a distinct a...

  • All Fall Down synopsis, comments

    All Fall Down

    M. J. Arlidge


  • Tom Swan and the Keys of Saint Peter synopsis, comments

    Tom Swan and the Keys of Saint Peter

    Christian Cameron


  • Slow Horses synopsis, comments

    Slow Horses

    Mick Herron

    Now an Apple Original series streaming on Apple TV+ starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.Welcome to the thrilling and unnervingly prescient world of the slow horses. This ...

  • Music of the Night synopsis, comments

    Music of the Night

    Martin Edwards

    The Annual Crime Writers' Association anthology is always a thrilling read, and eagerly anticipated by readers and authors of crime and mystery fiction worldwide.Music of the Night...

  • Truth or Dare synopsis, comments

    Truth or Dare

    M. J. Arlidge


  • The Unwanted Dead synopsis, comments

    The Unwanted Dead

    Chris Lloyd

    'A gripping murder mystery and a vivid recreation of Paris under German Occupation.' ANDREW TAYLORWINNER OF THE HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD FOR BEST HISTORICAL FICTIONSHORTLISTED FOR THE ...

  • Slough House synopsis, comments

    Slough House

    Mick Herron

    In his best and most ambitious novel yet, Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), offers an unsparing look at the corrupt web of media, global finance, spycraft, and poli...

  • The Dance of the Serpents synopsis, comments

    The Dance of the Serpents

    Oscar de Muriel

    'Properly creepy and Gothic' IAN RANKIN on the Frey & McGray mysteries...December, 1889.There have been many bad days in Edinburgh police's secret subdivision 'The Commission f...

  • Tom Swan and the Head of St George synopsis, comments

    Tom Swan and the Head of St George

    Christian Cameron

    1450s France. A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is kneeling in the dirt, waiting to be killed by the French who have taken him captive.He's not a professional soldier. He's really a me...

  • When the Dead Awaken synopsis, comments

    When the Dead Awaken

    Steffen Jacobsen

    Sabrina D'Avalos's father was murdered by the mafia. Now a district attorney, she wants justice, or revenge. Whichever comes first. The Camorra, one of the oldest criminal organisa...

  • In Your Defence synopsis, comments

    In Your Defence

    Sarah Langford

    'As thrilling as a detective novel.' The Times'Powerful, moving and often captivating.' Financial Times'A compelling read for anyone who cares about fairness, justice and humanity....

  • Real Tigers synopsis, comments

    Real Tigers

    Mick Herron

    When one of their own is kidnapped, the washedup MI5 operatives of Slough Housethe Slow Horses, as they're knownoutwit rogue agents at the very highest levels of British Intelligen...

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    Shadow of a Doubt

    Michelle Davies

    'Pure suspense, where past and present collide with chilling results' Erin Kelly'A hugely entertaining, fastpaced thriller' Caz Frear'It's a pitchperfect blend of ghostly terror an...

  • The Guilty Wife synopsis, comments

    The Guilty Wife

    Elle Croft

    THE TOP 10 EBOOK BESTSELLER 'A gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity. Fabulous.' Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You 'Relentless and intense...I loved the final ...

  • Trophy synopsis, comments


    Steffen Jacobsen & Charlotte Barslund

    Two hours to get away, 22 more to survive. The sun released its grip on the mountains in the east as they started running. Hunted for their lives, Ingrid and Kasper Hanse...

  • The Midnight Swimmer synopsis, comments

    The Midnight Swimmer

    Edward Wilson

    October, 1962. If the Cuban gamble goes wrong and war breaks out, Britain will no longer exist. London dispatches a secret envoy to defuse the confrontation. Spawned in the blea...

  • The Envoy synopsis, comments

    The Envoy

    Edward Wilson

    "The Envoy", Edward Wilson's second novel, will prove familiar territory for fans on "A River in May". The setting is 1950s London, at the height of the Cold War. Kit Fournier is o...

  • One Bad Turn synopsis, comments

    One Bad Turn

    Sinéad Crowley

    How could your good friend become your worst enemy? I lost my child because of you, my only child. Eileen and Heather have always looked out for each other. But two years ago Eilee...

  • The Other Child synopsis, comments

    The Other Child

    Lucy Atkins

    'Taut, tense, and beautifully written' Clare Mackintosh'Addictive' Sunday TimesSometimes a lie feels kinder than the truth . . . but what happens when that lie becomes an avalanche...

  • Boy in the Well synopsis, comments

    Boy in the Well

    Douglas Lindsay

    DI WESTPHALL.No ordinary detective.No ordinary investigations.A twisting new crime series set in the Scottish Highlands. For fans of Stephen King, Christopher Brookmyre and John Co...

  • Joe Country synopsis, comments

    Joe Country

    Mick Herron

    If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die.  In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced MI5 spies, memories are stirring, all of them bad....

  • Spook Street synopsis, comments

    Spook Street

    Mick Herron

    What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don’t remember they’re secret? Or does someone take...

  • Code Zero synopsis, comments

    Code Zero

    Marc Elsberg & Simon Pare

    DISCOVER THE TECHNO THRILLER THAT ROCKED THE INTERNET GENERATIONA Guardian thriller of the month: 'Elsberg is nothing if not prescient'ZERO, an anonymous activist, has given the wo...

  • Reconstruction synopsis, comments


    Mick Herron

    In this chillingly plausible thriller, CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron proves he “never tells a suspense story in the expected way” (The New York Times Book Review).When ...

  • Dead Lions synopsis, comments

    Dead Lions

    Mick Herron

    The CWA Gold Dagger Awardwinning British espionage novel about disgraced MI5 agents who inadvertently uncover a deadly Cold Warera legacy of sleeper cells and mythic super spies.&#...

  • The Secret Hours synopsis, comments

    The Secret Hours

    Mick Herron

    A gripping spy thriller from the bestselling author of Slow Horses, about a disastrous MI5 mission in Cold War Berlinan absolute mustread for Slough House fans. Set in the MI...

  • Nobody Walks synopsis, comments

    Nobody Walks

    Mick Herron

    In this standalone spy thriller, Mick Herron, creator of Slough House, introduced Tom Bettany, a man with a violent past and only one thing to live for: Avenging his son's death...

  • Cat And Mouse synopsis, comments

    Cat And Mouse

    M. J. Arlidge

    IF YOU THINK YOU'RE ALONE:THINK AGAIN A scratching at the window.A tap on the door.What if, this time, someone is out there? A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home ...

  • Found Her synopsis, comments

    Found Her

    NJ Mackay

    The most gripping, emotional and redemptive psychological thriller of 2021 for fans of Erin Kinsley, Lisa Jewell, Louise Jensen, Phoebe Morgan, CL Taylor, Cara Hunter and KL Slate...

  • Tom Swan and the Last Spartans synopsis, comments

    Tom Swan and the Last Spartans

    Christian Cameron

    Following on from Tom Swan and the Head of St George and Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade, Tom Swan and the Last Spartans is the third instalment of the fastpaced series set in t...

  • The Scarlet Papers synopsis, comments

    The Scarlet Papers

    Matthew Richardson


  • Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade synopsis, comments

    Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade

    Christian Cameron

    Following on from Tom Swan and the Head of St George, Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade is the next instalment of the fastpaced series set in the turbulent Europe of the fifteenth...

  • Lake Child synopsis, comments

    Lake Child

    Isabel Ashdown

    You trust your family. They love you. Don't they?When 17yearold Eva Olsen awakes after a horrific accident that has left her bedbound, her parents are right by her side. Devoted, t...

  • The Other Couple synopsis, comments

    The Other Couple

    Sarah J. Naughton

    THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'I am sleep deprived having stayed awake desperate to find out what happened!' reader reviewFor fans of Clare Mackintosh's LET ME LIE, Cara Hunter's CLOSE...

  • A Death at Fountains Abbey synopsis, comments

    A Death at Fountains Abbey

    Antonia Hodgson

    'In a tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere, Hawkins is forced into confrontation with a psychopathic killer...hugely enjoyable' The Sunday Times'You...

  • London Rules synopsis, comments

    London Rules

    Mick Herron

    Ian Fleming. John le Carré. Len Deighton. Mick Herron. The brilliant plotting of Herron’s twice CWA Dagger Awardwinning Slough House series of spy novels is matched only by his sto...

  • Why We Die synopsis, comments

    Why We Die

    Mick Herron

    The road to hell is paved with all sorts of intentions, as Oxford private investigator Zoë Boehm discovers when a straightforward jewelry store robbery turns out to be anything but...

  • Like Mother, Like Daughter synopsis, comments

    Like Mother, Like Daughter

    Elle Croft

    'Utterly absorbing and thoughtprovoking' Caz Frear'What a premise, and packed with suspense' Victoria Selman'A dark, delicious triumph' Niki MackayIf what they said was true, then ...

  • Down Cemetery Road synopsis, comments

    Down Cemetery Road

    Mick Herron

    CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron's debut novel introduces Sarah Tucker, whose search for a missing child unravels a murderous conspiracy.When a house explodes in a quiet Oxford s...

  • This Is What Happened synopsis, comments

    This Is What Happened

    Mick Herron

    From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense about one woman's attempt to be better than ordinary. Twentysixyearold Maggie ...

  • The Darkling Spy synopsis, comments

    The Darkling Spy

    Edward Wilson

    A spy thriller that will change your view of the Cold War forever, by a former special forces officer and 'the thinking person's John le Carre''The thinking person's John le Carr...

  • Magpie Lane synopsis, comments

    Magpie Lane

    Lucy Atkins

    'Riveting, twisty, pageturning stuff' GuardianA 'best books of 2020' pick for BBC Radio 4 Open Book, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Good Housekeeping'The page turner you've been l...