Dolphin Junction and Bad Actors

We have some news about upcoming Mick Herron releases book releases.

December 7th will live in infamy for being the date Mick Herron’s short story collection Dolphin Junction will be released, according to Amazon US and UK.

The description says –

CWA Gold and Steel Dagger-winner Mick Herron’s short fiction, collected for the first time.

Mick Herron, author of the Slough House novels, is on his way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed and culturally important crime fiction writers of the twenty-first century. He has been awarded both the Gold and Steel Daggers by the Crime Writers’ Association and has been called “the John Le Carré of the future” (BBC). But Mick Herron does more than “just” write flawlessly suspenseful spy thrillers. He is a craftist of the highest order, irrepressibly versatile in form (novels, novellas, short fiction) and mood (witty, taut, spooky, laugh-out-loud funny), whose “efficient, darkly witty, tipped-with-imagery sentences . . . feel purpose-built to perforate [our] private daze of illiteracy” ( The Atlantic).

Now, for the first time, Herron’s short fiction has been collected into one volume. In Dolphin Junction, devoted fans and future converts alike will find much to amuse, delight, and terrify them. Five standalone nerve wrackingly thrilling crime fiction stories are complemented by four mystery stories featuring the Oxford wife-and-husband detective team of shrewd Zoë Boehm and hapless Joe Silvermann. The collection also includes a peek into the past of Jackson Lamb, irascible top agent at Slough House.

In addition, thanks to a reader of the blog, we have a bit of information about the next Slough House novel. It’s currently listed title on Amazon is Bad Actors, and it’s release date is listed as May 3rd, 2022.

Get your theories ready!

4 thoughts on “Dolphin Junction and Bad Actors

  1. David Derbes

    There’s a blurb for Bad Actors up at Penguin/Random House’s site:

    A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan—one-time head of MI5’s Regent’s Park—is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What’s her counterpart, Moscow’s First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he’s telling?

    Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal, and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation . . .

    There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.

    Apologies if this is already at SpyWrite.

      1. David Derbes

        Glad to do it! Also, there was a short story about Lamb in Berlin that was only available (as far as I know) as an extra in a special edition of (maybe) Slough House from Waterstone’s in the UK; I’m pretty sure that this story will be included in Dolphin Junction. I’ve been wanting to read it, so I’m very pleased to hear about this new collection of short stories.

      2. Yes, that short story is in Dolphin Junction. And that story also appears in the US 10th anniversary edition of Slow Horses if you can’t wait for the short story collection.

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