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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. But when Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the masked men who robbed Harold Sweeney’s jewellery shop, she’s just looking for some cash to pay off the taxman. 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.
©2006 M. Herron (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Aaron on 03-14-15

Average Investigative Thriller

"Why We Die" shows the makings of a great writer, but one that is not quite there yet.

This is an earlier Herron novel.
"Why We Die" has moments of brilliance, but is more heavy-handed (and even slightly depressing) than his later works. I have thoroughly enjoyed other books by Herron, but this one lacks the effortlessness and prose (and lightheartedness) of the Slough House series. If you are new to Mick Herron, I suggest trying "Slow Horses" instead.

Bentinck did a fair job narrating most voices, with the exception of the Antagonist: a surly bruiser with an unstable temperment. Bentinck was unable to evince "scary", and instead made him sound like he had a speech impediment.

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By Joshua on 11-18-17

Really well done! Try it!

I don't give five stars easily, and I could argue that this book isn't a true five star book by my usual criteria, but I think Mick Herron's work is way, way, better than the ratings and reviews it's getting and I'm rating it a total five to bring up the ratings.

Now, I'll admit, I like slow, noir, complex stories, and pointless sex and graphic violence is a complete turn off, so if in your ideal mystery someone has to die in an explicitly gory manner or get laid every few pages this stuff isn't going to work for you. But if you like tight, well plotted stories with complex, interesting characters, nicely crafted suspense, and superb dialog you really should give Herron's work a try.

I don't think I'd claim Herron's novels are perfectly written, but they hold together as well as any of this sort can, the plots don't suddenly become fantastical or insulting, and your heartstrings aren't yanked by some mawkish character. In my opinion he's in a class with Le Carre, or Martin Cruz Smith and really, I think a better writer than Nesbo.

If you try any of the Slough House series, pay attention! Herron has a fantastic, dark sense of humor and he exercises it beautifully, but it's subtle enough, or I'm dense enough that sometimes I'm a sentence or two away before I realize what just happened.

I'm working my way through all his books and will be sorry to complete them.

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By Tara on 02-05-11

Fantastic ficton!

This book grabs you from the very beginning and leaves you guessing until the very end. The narration by the wonderful Anna Bentick is great and makes this superb book even more enjoyable.

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By G. Davenport on 01-02-18


Another inventive thriller from Mick Herein, well read and with the usual array of plot twists.

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