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
"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.
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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