Why We Die by Mick Herron

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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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About Mick Herron

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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 River Cartwright series, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, as well as a mystery series set in Oxford. He now lives in Oxford and works in London.
Published April 1, 2009 by Soho Crime. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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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 ...

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