When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel in Oxford, he doesn't intend to check out again - but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in dire need of help. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they aren't planning to keep it running; there are quicker ways to get rich. And when Zoe Boehm agrees to track down the gang who robbed Sweeney's jewellery shop, she doesn't expect to wind up in a coffin. But Arkle has a crossbow, Tim is out of options, and even the battered Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can't be avoided forever.
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of seven other novels, Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Smoke and Whispers, Reconstruction, Slow Horses, Dead Lions, and Nobody Walks, as well as the novella The List. His work has been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, and Shamus Awards, and he has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Oxford and works in London.