Why We Die
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Why We Die

by Mick Herron
     
 

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When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel, he's not intending to check out again — but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in need of rescue. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they're not planning on making a go of it — there are quicker ways of getting rich, if you're not squeamish about the violence involved. And when Zoë Boehm

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When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel, he's not intending to check out again — but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in need of rescue. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they're not planning on making a go of it — there are quicker ways of getting rich, if you're not squeamish about the violence involved. And when Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the the masked men who robbed Harold Sweeney's jewellery shop, she's hoping to pay off the taxes she's avoided. She's not expecting to wind up in a coffin. But Arkle has a crossbow; Tim has a life that's run out of purpose, and even battered Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can't be avoided forever.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
After making a farce of one man's pathetic attempt to commit suicide at a discreet Oxford hotel in Why We Die, M. Herron turns his pitch-black humor on some vicious criminals and reduces them to bumbling idiots. By the time his series detective, Zoe Boehm, comes on the scene, we already know that Herron is a stylish writer with a mordant sensibility and a deadly wit.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In Herron's dazzling third Zoe Boehm adventure, the second to appear in the U.S. (after 2004's The Last Voice You Hear), the struggling London PI gets mixed up with, among others, a suicidal widower, a battered wife, a baby-faced giantess and a disgraced policeman. Stirred and shaken, the result is potent and surprising, as Zoe scrambles to stay ahead of her creditors. Soon after she's hit by a big back-taxes claim and her car is stolen, Zoe receives a call from a robbed jeweler, Harold Sweeney, who offers a reward big enough to cover her bills. Two thieves, including one armed with a crossbow, took things Sweeney couldn't tell police about. All Zoe has to do to collect her reward money is identify the two men, but the case proves far from simple. Herron's tale, as the title suggests, is suffused with death, but without a needlessly high body count. Smart, dogged and never down for the count, Zoe is a fine addition to the ranks of female PIs. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Death-obsessed enquiry agent Zoe Boehm investigates a theft whose every new dimension gets trickier and nastier. Three men robbed Harold Sweeney's jewelry shop, one of them injuring an off-duty security guard with a well-placed shot from a crossbow. Even though the guilt of the three adopted brothers-Arkle the archer, Baxter the brains and Trent the lush-is clear, Zo� is sure there's more to the robbery than Sweeney knows, and more than he's telling her. She quickly works out that Sweeney's loss includes a lot of pieces he hasn't mentioned to the police, and that omission tells her that this is no routine robbery. A conversation with a surprising informant connects many of the dots, but at the cost of plunging Zo� (The Last Voice You Hear, 2004, etc.) into the middle of a star-crossed cast of characters ranging from a battered young wife to a suicidal supplier of electrical goods to a felony-minded chauffeur. Herron deftly introduces each of his characters as stereotypes, then deforms them all so unexpectedly-the criminal mastermind seeks his latest victim by typing into a computer search engine the question, "Where is Helen Coe?"-that you're never sure who's on first, or which innocent is capable of turning into a killer. The result is a dark, entertaining, off-kilter world in which anything can happen, and probably will.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786718276
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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