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 Joe Country
"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
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal "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."
--Adam Woog, The Seattle Times "A series that hits every mark--wicked, black humor, complex characters and breathless plotting."
--The Cleveland Plain-Dealer "Mick Herron is a master of misdirection. It's a skill, it just so happens, that spies and their handlers require in abundance, and one that Herron wields with unerring effectiveness in his thrillers."
--Daneet Steffens, CrimeReads "The espionage series you should be reading right now."
--Zoomer Magazine "Though Joe Country is Mick Herron's sixth novel in his Slough House series, set in Britain's intelligence community, it stands on its own. Newcomers need not be familiar with the previous books, but this installment is so taut and witty, fans will be eager to go back and read from the beginning."
--Shelf Awareness "Mr. Herron is as mischievous as he is mesmerizing. Joe Country secures his place as one of the world's top spy novelists."
--Irma Heldman, Open Letters "Droll dialogue, characters who wear their foibles proudly, and observations on the politics of potential vested interest in national security keep the pages turning. Herron solidifies his place as one of Britain's top spy novelists."
--Publishers Weekly "A solid thriller buoyed as always by Herron's mordant humor."
--Booklist Praise for London Rules Shortlisted for the 2018 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger
Shortlisted for the 2018 Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger "Mick Herron is the John le Carre of our generation."
"Herron cleverly spins the templates of the spy thriller, and his style can bite with the wit of an Evelyn Waugh or Kingsley Amis."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal "[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."
--Newsweek "Slough House, in this winning series, is where incompetent or disgraced British spies spend their days on meaningless busywork. That is, unless they stumble into genuine espionage. Herron is a subtle stylist, and he strikes a perfect balance of big-hearted humor and thrilling spy stuff."
--The Seattle Times
"Hilarious and suspenseful . . . Sharper than most espionage fiction being written today and manages to stay uncannily contemporary."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch