Why We Die
By Mick Herron
(Carroll & Graf, Hardcover, 9780786718276, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
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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.
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and was educated there and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a degree in English literature. Since graduating he made Oxford his home and lives there still, although he now commutes into London.