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Mick Herron Books In Order

Publication Order of Zoe Boehm Books

Down Cemetery Road (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Voice You Hear (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why We Die (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smoke and Whispers (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Slough House Books

Slow Horses (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Lions (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The List (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Real Tigers (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Reconstruction (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nobody Walks (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

All the Livelong Day and Other Stories (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom, the British author Mick Herron is well known for his short stories as well as his novels, which he has been writing for some time now, including his famous Sarah Tucker/Zoe Boehm series. Known for his unique take on the thriller novel, he’s managed to carve himself a niche within the field of crime literature, providing his work with a sense of humor that manages to lighten the narrative somewhat. That’s not to say it detracts from the darker elements though, as he’s definitely not adverse to showing the grim realities of crime, as he’s well known for suspense and intrigues too.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the British author Mick Herron spent most of his formative years growing up within the area, an upbringing that was to provide him with much of the insight that would come to form his later writing career and material. This would allow him to create many of the characters and complex intertwined narratives that, whilst the may seem highly intricate and complicated, were grounded with a sense of reality that he gained early on. With his down-to-earth sensibilities and easy going nature that shines through on the page, his career as a successful author was to be a lucrative one.

Gaining a degree from the prestigious Balliol College in Oxford, in the United Kingdom, Mick Herron got himself a formal education, something which also helped to provide him with the foundations required for a successful future career as an author. With his degree being in English as well, he was able to provide his material with a much needed sense of grounding that would also help to inform much of his ongoing narratives too. All of this has allowed him to both hone and refine his craft in the years that were set to follow, along with his extensive backlog of work.

Working in London now, he spends much of his time going to and from Oxford where he lives and continues to work on his writing to this day, as he builds up his extensive oeuvre of different franchises with their now much beloved protagonists. Living and working, he is always kept busy working on his next novel, or building his next franchise, as his short stories continue to get published in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine publication. Creating a brand for himself, he’s managed to set his material apart from the rest in what is already a fairly crowded genre.

With many of his earlier novels being crime and spy thrillers set in Oxford, he’s always kept himself grounded by using his real-life experience and knowledge. This was then broadened in scope though, as he began to feel more and more comfortable and confident with the genre. Taking his time over his novels, he takes his craft seriously and, with more books set to be released soon, this is something that will continue on into the foreseeable future.

Writing Career

Introducing himself with the book ‘Down Cemetery Road’ he broke out on the literary scene with his debut novel. This was also to bring about the Sarah Tucker/Zoe Boehm series, setting up a franchise that was going to run for some time to come. Winning awards as well, he also gained the CWA Gold Dagger for his first effort, allowing him to garner critical acclaim as well as commercial.

With series such as his ever popular ‘Slough House’ franchise, he’s managed to establish a name for himself through well researched and precise genre fiction. Knowing the area well, he’s able to bring the art-form forwards, creating his own unique take in the process. This is something that shall carry on for sometime yet, as his writing career continues to grow from strength-to-strength.

Smoke and Whispers

This was to be the fourth title in the ongoing Sarah Tucker/Zoe Boehm series of novels, initially being published in 2009. Continuing the investigations of the eponymous Sarah Tucker, along with her friendship with Zoe Boehm, it manages to provide the reader with exactly what they’re looking for. Capturing the ambiance that came before, it offers much in the way of both suspense and intrigue, keeping the reader guessing all the way to the end.

Supposedly turning up dead, the body of Zoe Boehm is apparently found and identified by her shocked friend Sarah Tucker. The question as to whether it really is her or not remains open though, as Zoe never seemed like the sort of person that would commit suicide. Plenty of factors just don’t add up, as Sarah goes up to Newcastle to see whether she can get to the bottom of the case. Who does the body belong to and is it really her friend? Why was she wearing the jacket that had been previously been stolen by a murderer off her during a previous case years ago? What will become of them as they learn the truth behind all the smoke and whispers?

Nobody Walks

Initially published in 2015 on the 17th of February through the Soho Crime label, this was a stand-alone novel. Still placed within a familiar setting for author Mick Herron, this once again delves into the world of spies and the MI5. With it being familiar territory for him, it’s the ideal novel to see a master of his craft at the top of his game, with its expert use of both style and tone.

Working at a meat processing plant in France, Tom Bettany is living and working quietly when his life is suddenly turned upside down by a phone-call out of the blue. An English woman who he doesn’t know or recognize is informing him that Liam Bettany, his estranged son, has fallen to his death from his balcony after smoking dope. Returning home Tom soon finds that the death may not be as cut-and-dried as it first appeared, as he’s pulled head-first into a world of spies and espionage. Why are the mob bosses interested to hear of Tom’s return? Who was really behind Liam’s fall? What happens when Tom soon finds that nobody walks?

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