Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the Sarah Tucker/Zoë Boehm series and the standalone novel RECONSTRUCTION. His work has been shortlisted for the Macavity, Barry and Shamus awards, and his novella DOLPHIN JUNCTION was joint winner of the 2009 Ellery Queen Readers Award. His second standalone, NOBODY WALKS, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2015, and was one of Booklist Magazine’s Best 101 Crime Novels of the Decade. His third, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED, appeared to acclaim in 2018:

“Beautifully written and ingeniously plotted ... This dark thriller is rife with the deadpan wit and trenchant observation that Herron’s readers relish” –
Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]

“Profoundly disturbing ... Fans who miss the startling and compelling psychological suspense of Ruth Rendell will relish this unsettling tale” –
Booklist [Starred Review]

Mick is the author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the first of which, the Steel Dagger-nominated SLOW HORSES, was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the “the twenty greatest spy novels of all time”. The second in the series, DEAD LIONS, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best 25 crime novels of the past five years. The third, REAL TIGERS, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers, for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, and for the 2017 Macavity Award. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017, for the best humorous crime novel of 2016.

SPOOK STREET – described by the Irish Times as “a modern masterpiece” – won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017, and was included in best of the year lists by the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Financial Times and the Seattle Times. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2018, for the best humorous crime novel of 2018, and has been shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year.

The fifth Jackson Lamb novel, LONDON RULES, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers and has been longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. It has also been shortlisted for the Barry and Last Laugh Awards.

“The fifth instalment of the award-winning Jackson Lamb series is witty, sardonic and laugh-out-loud funny yet also thrilling and thought-provoking … Herron has often been compared with spy thriller greats John le Carré and Len Deighton but it is time he was recognised in his own right as the best thriller writer in Britain today. In a series that never lets its fans down, London Rules is the best instalment yet” –
Daily Express

“His books present a secret world that seems more authentic and discomfiting than le Carré’s because it resembles the world the rest of us work in … As a master of wit, satire, insight and that very English trick of disguising heartfelt writing as detached irony before launching a surprise assault on the reader’s emotions, he is difficult to overpraise” –

“If it were ever in doubt before, London Rules confirms Mick Herron as the greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language, and possibly all crime fiction … he has combined the essence of perpetual humour with a background of reality. He may make us laugh on every page, but he also makes us think” –

“Lamb – the most fascinating and irresistible thriller series hero to emerge since Jack Reacher – battles two sets of enemies … Given to boozing, smoking, farting and caustic, politically incorrect wisecracking, he is a 21st century Falstaff; but also the fat knight’s antithesis, a ruthless pragmatist, and master of office power games. In London Rules he plays a blinder, and Herron does too” –
Sunday Times

“Herron is a funny writer but also a serious plotter … Where Herron’s novels most overlap with those of le Carré is in the severity of their critique of the failures of management in post-imperial, pre-Brexit Britain” –

“Herron’s comic brilliance should not overshadow the fact that his books are frequently thrilling, often thought-provoking, and sometimes moving and even inspiring” –
Sunday Express

“It is, as ever, a joy to return to this world: there is a warm, wise, amused depth to Herron’s writing, which shines a stark light on the atrocities he describes. He’s also horribly funny” –

The sixth novel in the series, JOE COUNTRY, will appear in June.

Both the Jackson Lamb and the Zoë Boehm series are currently being developed for TV.

Soho Press’s holiday anthology, THE USUAL SANTAS, is also now available. The title story, written by Mick, appeared in the Wall Street Journal on 23 December 2017.

Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and lives in Oxford. He writes full time.