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Publisher's Summary

From one of the most powerful writers in modern fiction comes a dystopian vision of a world where money reigns supreme, and nothing is so precious that it can't be bought.... 

The penalty for Dani Cumali's murder: £84,000.  

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.  

These days, there's no need to go to prison - provided that you can afford to pay the penalty for the crime you've committed. If you're rich enough, you can get away with murder.  

But Dani's murder is different. When Theo finds her lifeless body, and a hired killer standing over her and calmly calling the police to confess, he can't let her death become just an entry on a balance sheet.  

Someone is responsible. And Theo is going to find them and make them pay.  

Perfect for fans of speculative fiction such as The Handmaid's Tale and Never Let Me Go, Claire North's moving and unnerving new novel will resonate with listeners around the world.

Previous books by Claire North: 

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August 
  • Touch
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope 
  • The End of the Day 

By the same author, writing as Kate Griffin:  

  • A Madness of Angels
  • The Midnight Mayor
  • The Neon Court
  • The Minority Council
  • The Glass God
  • Stray Souls
©2018 Claire North (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Evocative, thought-provoking... I'll read anything she writes." (Omnivoracious)

"Vivid and disturbing." (Publishers Weekly)

"A terrifying setting that feels rooted to the present day.... Imbued with a menace that feels both recognizable and urgent, and the decisions the characters make as a result feel uncomfortably real." (RT Book Reviews)

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patience I guess

I started the first 3 chapters over 4 or 5 times. I just could not get into this book. I listened to 6/7 chapters and gave up, got my credit returned. I hate writing bad reviews, matter of fact this is my first one.

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  • OJA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 06-08-18

Oddball Story

An interesting take on a dystopian near future with capitalism run amuck, and a rapacious, corrupt government to boot. The story was clever and engaging, and the central character’s flawed anti-hero persona well developed. The highly-illustrative detail woven throughout the story is remarkable, as was the layered commentary on contemporary society that was subtly injected from time to time. However, I found that the attempts at seamless flash forwards and flashbacks resulted in a severely disjointed telling of the tale, often bordering on confusion.

The voice actor’s narration had a sing-song, rhythmic lilt that was hard to ignore - perhaps an attempt to channel the oddball nature of the story. I think most will either love it or hate it, but you WILL notice it - something I’m not sure is a positive in an audio book. I found it distracting, and often difficult to hear the end of sentences because his voice frequently trailed off, or so it seemed, with the odd cadence. That said, I thought he perfectly captured the various emotions, and had a superb command of the regional accents and affectations of the different social classes. It is noteworthy that he was able to so convincingly voice both male and female characters of varying ages - something with which most narrators struggle.

In conclusion, not necessarily 5 stars, but not a waste of a credit either. All in all, a decent “read”.

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Fantastic!!

Loved this book!! The writing is so good— engaging yet poetic and I couldn’t stop listening. The narration was spot on. Can’t recommend enough!!

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Confusing

Claire North’ book generally delight me. I am intrigued with the questions they raise about identity, reality and time. This book follows in the same vein, using quick cuts back and forth in the story line frequently. Unfortunately this becomes rather confusing and interrupts the overall flow of the tale. The cultural setting is a future country beset with turmoil, greed, and devalued life. It is depressing, and offers no real resolution for the characters or their world.

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Rambling, confusing, and disapointing

The story jumps around so much and is so repetative in word use it became a chore to finish. A book about endless suffering, that produced (at least for the duration of listening) endless suffering in the reader. it was so confusing, the time jumps we're not well defined, the whole story was hard to set in a linear time that made sense. Really disappointing, her other books are really good.

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Excellent

I enjoyed the story and especially the underlying social commentary. Reminiscent of Iain M. Banks.