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.

Previous books by Claire North:
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
The End of the Day

By the same author, writing as Kate Griffin:
A Madness of Angels
The Midnight Mayor
The Neon Court
The Minority Council
The Glass God
Stray Souls

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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Literary

On Sale: May 22nd 2018

Price: $9.99

Page Count: 496

ISBN-13: 9780316316781

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"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
"I don't say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books I've ever read."—James Dashner, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Maze Runner on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
"An astonishing re-invention of the time travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful."—M.R. Carey, on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
"Wonderful novel...held together by a compelling mystery involving nothing less than the end of the world itself. Beautifully written and structured...a remarkable book."—Booklist (starred review) on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
"A subtle study of friendship, love and the complexity of existence."—Eric Brown, Guardian on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
"Touch is a story within a story within a story and it's one of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. The intoxicating voice, ingenious premise and intricate plot will have readers clamoring for a copy. Touch has bestseller written all over it and Claire North is one hell of a writer."—C. L. Taylor, author of The Accident on Touch
"Seriously I cannot get over how amazingly good Claire North is. I could have read this book forever. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was so smart, Touch is beyond genius. This will be one of THE books of 2015. Mark my words."—Bite the Book (Australia) on Touch
"North has established a reputation for tense, dense, science fiction/fantasy-inflected thrillers that defy facile explanations... Simultaneously a tense conspiracy caper, a haunting meditation on loneliness and a brutally cynical examination of modern media... Well-paced, brilliant and balanced."
New York Times on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"Beautifully written, with a protagonist who is both tragic and heroic, the novel is remarkably powerful and deeply memorable, the latest in a string of terrific books from this newly emerged star in the genre-blending universe."
Booklist (starred review) on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"[T]his is an inquiry into modern human existence. Philosophical questions are threaded through the electrifying plot. Even the protagonist's darkness alias is "why." Reminiscent of William Gibson's best work, North leads us into a brilliant world of elite but mindless humans, and shines a sharp light on what a rare gift it is to be able to think for oneself and what the consequences of it are."
RT Book Reviews on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"The experience of sitting with it, sinking into it, aching along with Hope as her loneliness shapes and breaks her, was wonderful, painful and moving."

NPR on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"North isn't here to lecture you or rehash tired debates. Instead, she's produced something that feels at the same time absent and necessary: Smart, compelling fiction about this future that asks us to outsource ever-larger chunks of our selves to the cloud."
Tech Insider on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination."

Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls, on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"A beautiful, if occasionally uncomfortable, read that resists being labeled with any particular genre."
Library Journal (starred review) on The End of the Day
"Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch."
Kirkus on The End of the Day
"North is an exciting voice in contemporary fantasy, and The End of the Day should be a welcome calling card from her to many new readers."
San Francisco Chronicle on The End of the Day
"[Claire's] writing is poetic and accessible, imaginative and jam-packed full of knowledge . . . making The End of the Day a thoroughly engaging and astute read from start to finish"
SciFiNow on The End of the Day
"North is [a] consistently intriguing writer."
Locus on The End of the Day
"Just like Death itself, the story is unpredictable . . . But it's moving, a novel you'll sob to while reading."
SFX on The End of the Day
"Surreal, whimsical...shaped with philosophical panache."
Guardian on The End of the Day