Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of the Slough House espionage series, four Oxford mysteries, and several standalone novels. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time.
Praise for the Slough House novels
"Suspense, spycraft, dry wit and vulgar humor are all
well-deployed in this satisfying work by Mr. Herron, whose style
can accommodate everything from a tough action scene to a lyrical
--The Wall Street Journal "Herron writes squeakingly well-plotted spy thrillers. More than that, he composes--at the rate of a pulpist--the kind of efficient, darkly witty, tipped-with-imagery sentences that feel purpose-built to perforate my private daze of illiteracy. More than that, he's a world-bringer, the creator of a still-growing fictional universe with its own gravity, lingo, and surface tension."
--The Atlantic "Mick Herron is the John le Carre of our generation."
[Herron] really is funny and his cynicism is belied, here and there, by flashes of the mingled tenderness and anger that seem to define Britain's post-Brexit self-reflections.
--Charles Finch, USA Today Scathingly funny.
"Herron blends character, place and espionage into a riveting melange that I've only encountered in the best of John le Carre or Len Deighton . . . Read one and you're hooked for the whole series."
--The Globe and Mail "Herron's morbidly witty backdrop hosts incisive storytelling with a rich mix of engaging characters."
--Financial Times "John le Carre with an extra dose of dry humor."
--The Seattle Times "A series that hits every mark--wicked, black humor, complex characters and breathless plotting."
--The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"Hilarious and suspenseful . . . Sharper than most espionage fiction being written today and manages to stay uncannily contemporary."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch