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The New York Times has called William Shaws series of detective books set in late sixties London elegy For entire alienated generation. Featuring DS Cathal Breen and brash young Constable Helen Tozer, they are set against the cultural and political revolution of the times. Barry Award nominate Song from Dead Lips was picked by Time Out as one of the Crime books of 2013; Daily Mail hail House of Knives as a distinctive British Crime drama, which benefits from clear moral sense. Book of Scars, was picked by Sunday Times as their Crime Book of the Month, and subsequently as one of the picks of the Year. On the release of the fourth in the series, Sympathy For Devil, Daily Mail say, Shaw go from strength to strength, while making it all seem effortless. Standalone Novel Birdwatcher, set in Kent and Northern Ireland, longlisted for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of Year, was hailed as contender for thriller of Year in Sun. His books have also been nominated for Barry Award, and CWA Historical Dagger. Salt Lane, also set in Kent, launched a new contemporary series featuring DI Alex Cupidi. Before becoming a Crime writer, William Shaw was an Award-winning Music Journalist and author of several non-fiction books, including Westsiders: Stories of Boys in Hood, about Year spent with young men of South Central Los Angeles, and Superhero For Hire, compilation of columns in Observer Magazine. Starting out as assistant editor of post-punk Magazine ZigZag, he has been a Journalist for Observer, New York Times, Wire, Arena and Face and was Amazon UK Music Journalist of Year in 2003.

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Deadland

Write by William Shaw Theres something magical when a book transports you completely to the place in which it is set. Elly Griffiths does it brilliantly with North Norfolk in her Ruth Galloway novels, and after reading William Shaws ' Deadland I feel like Ive been for a long weekend to Dungeness, on the far southern tip of Kent-closer to France than it is to London, and a lot quieter too. It is a book that will immerse you in the flora and fauna of Kent coast as it continues the authors ' series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi. The setting has a huge part to play in this beautifully rendered tale. Deadland begins with Tap and Sloth, two 17-year-old lads with time on their hands and borrowing a moped with which to commit mischief. They decide to try their hand at snatching posh mobile phones, but theyre not very good at this thieving malarkey and after several abortive attempts, theyre about to give up. Then an up-to-minute iPhone catches their eye and they somehow manage to fumble successful robbery. Big mistake-owner of this particular iPhone isnt about to give it up without a fight. It looks like such a simple job, but now Tap and Sloth are on the run with a ruthless killer on their trail and soon someone lies dead. Meanwhile, in Margate, Cupidi is called to Turner Contemporary art gallery, where a human arm has been discovered inside one of the high-profile exhibits. Who does the arm belong to and why is it there? The majority of her colleagues treat case as a joke, but Cupidi and her team ca see the funny side of it. As they begin to unravel the story behind the severed limb, it becomes increasingly clear that they were right to do so. This is Bill as book two in the Alexandra Cupidi series, following Salt Lane, but fans of William Shaw will also recall Birdwatcher. That one serves as a kind of prequel to Deadland, and former police officer William South makes a reappearance here after his release from prison. There is a complex back story to this, and anyone who has followed books so far will have a bit of advantage over those who jump right in with Deadland. Dont let that put you off, though. This author manages to deftly fill in blanks for newbies without damaging narrative flow. The Tap and Sloths story runs through this book like a river through the countryside. They are so wonderfully draw, pair of boy-men who want to act big and brave but inside are crying for their mothers. You may start off disliking them; as things progress, I guarantee youll start wanting to give them an all-encompassing hug or two. Theyre pair of almost-innocents abroad and their tale is an entertaining, emotional and vital part of this book.

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A Song from Dead Lips

In the first three novels OF Breen & Tozer Investigations, outcast Detective fights crime and corruption in sixties London. 'An outstanding storyteller' Peter MayWilliam Shaw grips reader by throat FROM page one, and never lets go' independent'superb crime novels. It combines nostalgic period detail with emotional intensity found only in very best Crime fiction' Sunday TimesA SONG FROM DEAD LIPSThe Runaway: nameless young woman is found naked and strangled in an alley on Abbey Road. Reject: DS Cathal Breen, outcast in Marylebone CID, struggles to make sense of the case. Rookie: Until new recruit WPC Helen Tozer-first woman to join the team-make breakthrough. And As hippies slam doors in their face, and locals suspect new African neighbours, Breen and Tozer tread down a perilous path, closing in on a cruel conspiracy that goes far beyond class, colour and creed. HOUSE OF KNIVESThe Black Sheep: wayward son OF rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances. Honest Detective: DS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue a case. Rolling Stone: Notorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide only clue-if only he would talk. And As Breen slips deeper into London's underground OF hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banish FROM corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire. BOOK OF SCARSNever forgotten: Teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm. Five years later, her sister Helen will return. Never suspect: As soon as DS Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, man goes missing. And so does Helen. Never reveal: only connection between suspects is the Kenya Emergency-nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget. But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is take, Breen fears that history-in all its shame and horror-is coming back to haunt them.

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Grave's End

Alex Cupidi lives in the atmospheric locale of Dungeness in Kent. She works for Kent Serious Crime Directorate. Single mother of seventeen year-old daughter, Zoe, Alex faces challenges in both her work and her home life. At work, she is constantly battling to do justice to her many cases while the police are seriously short-staffed. She still feels as though she is an outsider, having transferred to Kent after personal, very awkward relationship in London. Whilst her daughter continues to be obsessed with wildlife preservation, and is emotionally distant, Alex continues to find some reprieve from her work stress via her friendship with co-worker Jill Ferriter, and her neighbour William South, former policeman whom she had arrested in previous book. This time, Alex is tasked with finding the identity of a body that was found in the freezer of a vacant home. Clearly the victim was murdered, yet Alex has few leads as to who might have murdered him. During her investigations, Alex Cupidi encounters property developers, corrupt politicians, boarding school bullies, eco-warriors, and yes badgers. The case will become extremely personal for Alex when her daughter becomes involved and Alexs own life is put in jeopardy. Characters in William Shaws novels are always interesting and so fully developed that readers come to really care about them. They are flaw and only too human. I particularly enjoy crime fiction that delves into the personal lives of crime fighters, giving the reader a round view. Another way that Shaw excels is in his plotting. Though his stories are usually quite intricate, he keeps them interesting and distinctive. This time he gives over portion of his story to Badger Sett, quite memorable and truly unique experiment that works surprisingly well. The sense of place makes the reader immerse in the narrative as it is so well describe. You can almost smell marsh air and the earthy musk of badgers sett. Though advertised as the third in Alexandra Cupidi's Crime series, for me this is number four. After reading Birdwatcher, Salt Lane and Deadland, this is fast becoming one of my favourite police procedural series. Highly recommended! As I was unable to procure an ARC of this novel via NetGalley or Edelweiss, and unable to purchase a Kindle copy of Graves End in Kindle format-I have to sincerely thank the author for providing me with a digital copy in order that I might pursue this excellent series. It is published by Riverrun, imprint of Quercus. William Shaw is the author of the Breen & Tozer series set in London in 1968-9 and has a new book in the series called Sympathy For Devil which is soon to be publish. In 2016, he published a standalone called Birdwatcher.

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