Four families live in a beautiful stretch of English countryside in magnificent houses. They leave only to commute first-class to London for meetings, deals and theatre outings, or on family holidays to winter sun or half-term skiing. But the money is running out in Britain and keeping up appearances isnt easy. As tensions and relationships develop within this group of friends, an unthinkable act of violence destroys these lives. This horrific act opens the book, but Lawson takes us through several hundred gripping, intricately plotted pages before we find out whodunnit. (Guardian) The Deaths is a dark and brilliant social comedy about how the other half live - or how they pretend to.