Oxford private detective ZoE Boehm turns up dead in Newcastle, launching her friend Sarah Tucker into an investigation with several leads--but no one she can trust.
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 ZoE Boehm, but putting a name to the corpse only raises further questions. Did ZoE 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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of two books in the Slough House series, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, as well as the standalone thriller Nobody Walks, and 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.
Praise for Smoke and Whispers
“Smoke and Whispers is an electrifying story that doesn't let up from start to finish . . . A most original, satisfying suspense thriller.”
“Always interesting and entertaining . . . Anyone who starts the Zoë ‘tetralogy’ will be rewarded by continuing with the series.”
—International Noir Fiction
Praise for Mick Herron
"Mick Herron never tells a suspense story in the expected way."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Stylish and engaging."
“Good characterization, dialogue and well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible.”
"Masterful . . . How Herron is able to tie all these events together will test the sleuthing ability of even the most savvy readers as one surprise engenders another. The intricate plot, coupled with Herron’s breezy writing style . . . results in superior entertainment that makes most other novels of suspense appear dull and slow-witted by comparison."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review