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Author: Claire North Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781478923152
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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 readers around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece, as harrowing as it is brilliant.”

    Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Riddley Walker to Nineteen Eighty-Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Aa vicious, engrossing portrait of unregulated capitalism carried to its logical conclusion…84K is absorbing and timely; a book to wrestle and argue with but, first and foremost, to read.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • With style and voice and a wicked grip that never lets the three-way plot spiral out of control…a story that is rare—one of those that is so good I didn’t want it to end, but so sad I didn’t want to read another page. Rough, in other words. But lovely. Painted in shades of Fahrenheit 451, of Children of Men, Soylent Green and Brave New World."


  • “A furious, confrontational book that’s extremely smart…Its energy is infectious, and its ideas are fiercely provocative.”


  • “Another captivating novel from one of the most intriguing and genre-bending novelists currently working in the intersection between thriller and science fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “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

  • “A story about the value of one human life…North is an original and even dazzling writer, and fans of her work will enjoy this grim tale of capitalism taken to a terrifying extreme.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Pick of Heart-Hammering Science Fiction Thrillers

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About the Author

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author. She has written novels in various genres, before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, in 2014. It received rave reviews and an Audie Award nomination and was named a Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection. Her novel, Touch, was named one of the Washington Post Best Books of the Year for 2015.

About the Narrator

Peter Kenny, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. He has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.