In 2003, he published his first novel, Down Cemetery Road. It was the first volume in a series about Zoë Boehm, an Oxford private detective.
In 2010, with Slow Horses, he began a spy series, entitled Slough House, featuring MI5 agents who have been exiled from the mainstream for various offences. With the second volume in this series, Dead Lions, published in 2013, he 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.
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.
His short stories are regularly published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and are collected in the book, All the Livelong Day, published in 2013.
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)
- Slough House (2021)
- Bad Actors (2022)
Stand alone novels
- Reconstruction (2008)
- Nobody Walks (2015)
- This Is What Happened (2018)
Although not part of the Slough House series, Nobody Walks uses some of the same characters, and in story terms comes after The List and before Spook Street.
- Dolphin Junction
- Joint winner, Ellery Queen Readers Award 2009
- Slow Horses
- Longlisted for Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2010
- Dead Lions
- Shortlisted for Barry Award 2014, for best thriller
- Shortlisted for Macavity Prize, 2014, for best novel
- Winner, CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2013
- Winner, Palle Rosencrantz Award 2020
- Nobody Walks
- Shortlisted for Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015
- Real Tigers
- Shortlisted for Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016
- Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2016
- Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2017
- Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2017
- Spook Street
- Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2017
- Winner, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 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 2018
- Winner, Last Laugh Award, 2018
- London Rules
- Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2018
- Shortlisted for Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2018
- Shortlisted, Last Laugh Award, 2019
- Shortlisted for Barry Award 2019, for best thriller
- Shortlisted, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019
- Winner, Capital Crime Best Thriller Award 2019
- Joe Country
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