Human life is now just a matter of dollars and cents. Do you have a spare $84K? Then you are free to kill. 84K by Claire North

Cover of 84K by Claire NorthFirst we gave up a few human rights in the name of counter-terrorism.
Then the universities were closed for spreading warnings of impending calamity.
Finally the Company Men took over running the government & the media, as well as their businesses. Now it's all about the Benjamins.

How much is a human life worth? That's up to the government to decide, and if you can afford it, you can literally pay for your crimes. Because 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.

Welcome to the not-so-distant future, where you may Commit any crime you like, as long as you have the resources to pay the fine. Fines are based on severity of the crime, and the value of the ‘damage” done. Kill a poor old person, that is a pretty cheap fine. A rich young educated member of the companies? Expensive. Can’t pay? You are sent to slave labor.

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. 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 with more than money.

84K by Claire North is available in the NEW BOOKS are under the call number SF NORTH, CLAIRE

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