Why We Die

Overview

The road to hell is paved with all sorts of intentions, as Oxford private investigator Zoë Boehm discovers when a straightforward jewelry store robbery turns out to be anything but.

When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel in Oxford, he doesn’t intend to check out again—but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in dire need of help. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they aren’t planning to keep it running; there are quicker ...

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Overview

The road to hell is paved with all sorts of intentions, as Oxford private investigator Zoë Boehm discovers when a straightforward jewelry store robbery turns out to be anything but.

When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel in Oxford, he doesn’t intend to check out again—but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in dire need of help. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they aren’t planning to keep it running; there are quicker ways to get rich. And when Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the gang who robbed Sweeney’s jewelry shop, she doesn’t expect to wind up in a coffin. But Arkle has a crossbow, Tim is out of options, and even the battered Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can’t be avoided forever.

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Praise for Why We Die

“Herron is a stylish writer with a mordant sensibility and a deadly wit. He’s also a tricky plotter.”
—The New York Times

“Dazzling  . . . Smart, dogged and never down for the count, Zoë is a fine addition to the ranks of female P.I.s.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A dark, entertaining, off-kilter world in which anything can happen, and probably will."
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mick Herron

"Stylish and engaging."
Washington Post
 
“Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible.”
—Daily Telegraph

"Masterful . . . How Herron is able to tie all these events together will test the sleuthing ability of even the most savvy readers as one surprise engenders another. The intricate plot, coupled with Herron’s breezy writing style . . . results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569475683
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of two books in the Slough House series, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, as well as the stand-alone thriller Nobody Walks. He now lives in Oxford and works in London.

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