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Smoke and Whispers

Zoe Boehm Thriller 4

By Mick Herron

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Oxford private detective Zoë Boehm turns up dead in Newcastle, launching her friend Sarah Tucker into an investigation with several leads - but no one she can trust

'This is one of these novels where you read it, not just to see what happens at the end, but to see what happens on the very next page' Booklist

When a body is hauled from the River Tyne, Sarah Tucker heads to Newcastle for a closer look. She identifies the dead woman as private detective Zoë Boehm, but putting a name to the corpse only raises further questions. Did Zoë kill herself, or did one of her old cases come back to haunt her? Why was she wearing the jacket a murderer had stolen years before? And what's brought Sarah's former sparring partner Gerard Inchon to the same broken-down hotel where she's staying? Coincidence is an excuse that soon appears pretty unconvincing. Sarah can't leave until she's found the answers to her questions, however dangerous they might turn out to be.

Biographical Notes

Mick Herron's first three Jackson Lamb novels have between them won the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger once and been shortlisted for it once; and been shortlisted twice for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Slow Horses, the first in the series, was picked as one of the best twenty spy thrillers of all time by the Daily Telegraph. Before the Jackson Lamb series, he wrote the Zoë Boehm novels, all four of which are republished by John Murray in 2017.

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  • ISBN: 9781473647053
  • Publication date: 20 Oct 2016
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This masterful thriller results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison — Publishers Weekly
This is one of these novels where you read it, not just to see what happens at the end, but to see what happens on the very next page — Booklist
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