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The Last Voice You Hear
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Oxford private investigator Zoe Boehm struggles with the aftereffects of her violent past as she hunts for a killer or has she become the hunted? Zoe Boehm has harbored a distinct aversion to death ever since she shot the man intent on killing her. So when Caroline Daniels takes a deadly fall in front of a train and her lover fails to turn up at the funeral, Zoe wants nothing to do with the case. But Caroline s boss is persistent, and as Zoe attempts to unlock the secrets of a woman she s never met while in search of a man who could be anywhere, she starts to wonder if he s found her first. And if he has, will that make her the next victim, or prove to be her salvation from a paralyzing fear?"
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About the Author

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series (Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, and the novella The List) and four Oxford mysteries (Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, and Smoke and Whispers), as well as the standalone novels Reconstruction, Nobody Walks and This Is What Happened. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and Theakstons Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time.

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This tight, literary, clich?-free novel, the second in British author Herron's Zoe Boehm series (after Down Cemetery Road) but the first to be published in the U.S., finds the Oxford private detective investigating three mysteries: a 12-year-old purse snatcher's plunge from the roof of a seedy London high-rise and the separate murders of two middle-aged women. Boehm suspects the women's deaths are linked to their dating Alan Talmadge, a Motown-humming Bluebeard who preys on women whose age is edging them out of the singles scene. Boehm believes Talmadge pushed the two women to their deaths, into a subway track and a ditch of water, respectively. Herron's writing includes some fine images: "when she coughed, it racked through her like she was a wardrobe full of empty coathangers." The hunter becomes the hunted as Boehm seeks refuge deep in the country, with a friend who keeps ostriches, of all things. This plot is intriguing from opening to denouement. Point-of-view switches could confuse some readers, and the capture of one perpetrator is postponed for a sequel, but this doesn't dim Herron's gift for action, dialogue and, most of all, psychology and setting. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Last Voice You Hear "With its vivid descriptions . . . and unexpected clues . . . The Last Voice You Hear is stylish and engaging." --Washington Post "Unexpected and satisfying . . . The engaging heroine never loses her cool, from the melancholy opening to the whirlwind finale, a marvelously extended set-piece." --Kirkus Reviews "[A] tight, literary, clich�-free novel." --Publishers Weekly "Thoroughly worth reading." --Booklist Praise for Mick Herron "Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way." --The New York Times Book Review "Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible." --Daily Telegraph Praise for "The Last Voice You Hear " With its vivid descriptions . . . and unexpected clues . . . "The Last Voice You Hear" is stylish and engaging. " Washington Post" "Unexpected and satisfying . . . The engaging heroine never loses her cool, from the melancholy opening to the whirlwind finale, a marvelously extended set-piece." "Kirkus Reviews" "[A] tight, literary, cliche-free novel." "Publishers Weekly " Thoroughly worth reading. "Booklist" Praise for Mick Herron "Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way." " The New York Times Book Review" "" Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible. " Daily Telegraph"" Praise for "The Last Voice You Hear ""With its vivid descriptions . . . and unexpected clues . . . "The Last Voice You Hear" is stylish and engaging." "--Washington Post" "Unexpected and satisfying . . . The engaging heroine never loses her cool, from the melancholy opening to the whirlwind finale, a marvelously extended set-piece." --"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] tight, literary, clichE-free novel." --"Publishers Weekly ""Thoroughly worth reading." --"Booklist" Praise for Mick Herron "Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way." "--The New York Times Book Review" " " "Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible." "--Daily Telegraph" Praise for "The Last Voice You Hear ""With its vivid descriptions . . . and unexpected clues . . . "The Last Voice You Hear" is stylish and engaging." "--Washington Post" "Unexpected and satisfying . . . The engaging heroine never loses her cool, from the melancholy opening to the whirlwind finale, a marvelously extended set-piece." --"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] tight, literary, cliche-free novel." --"Publishers Weekly ""Thoroughly worth reading." --"Booklist" Praise for Mick Herron "Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way." "--The New York Times Book Review" " " "Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible." "--Daily Telegraph"

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