William Shaw

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I'm a crime writer and write the Breen & Tozer series set in London in 1968-9 and the Alex Cupidi series set in Dungeness, Kent.

In 2016, I published a standalone called The Birdwatcher . That comes out in the US in 2017. After that, I'm picking up the Breen and Tozer series again with a new one called Sympathy for the Devil

The non-fiction books I wrote include Westsiders , an account of several young would-be rappers struggling to establish themselves against a backdrop of poverty and violence in South Central Los Angeles, Superhero For Hire , a compilation and of the Small Ads columns I wrote for the Observer Magazine, and Spying In Guru Land , in which I joined several British religious cults to write about them.

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The Birdwatcher by William  Shaw
"This was a very thoughtful take on how the past impacts the present and how the lines can be blurred between victim and perpetrator, especially at an age when a young person is not able to make life decisions for him or herself, or easily leave or..." Read more of this review »
Salt Lane by William  Shaw
"Outstanding...and local! His prequel, The Birdwatcher, was set in Romney Marsh, largely in Dungeness, and reminded me of visits I had made to the area, and one thing led to another and now I am living in Romney Marsh.

So I was very pleased when thi..." Read more of this review »
A House of Knives by William  Shaw
"Having read A Song From Dead Lips, I was very excited to start this book. Set in 1960s London the full description of events and places definately helps the reader to understand more of what it would be like to have been living then. I loved the f..." Read more of this review »
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I don’t think this book of one for every crime fan because it verges into a kind of dirty magical realism and is at times morose to the point of absurdity but it is beautifully written and the premise of a man who was pronounced dead 12 years earlier ...more
A Song From Dead Lips by William  Shaw
"This atmospheric crime novel will take you from Apple Road, to building sites, through to fund raising for the war in Biafra; to both the city and country, as Breen refuses to accept the obvious suspects as the correct ones. Breen and Tozer are fa..." Read more of this review »
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The kind of great books that leaves you wanting to read a dozen more books that are cited in it.
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Excellent book, very good writing, though I found the plot tended to weigh itself down a little in the back half.
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Susan Good luck with the book release today!


William Shaw Has it? News to me! Can I get you a copy then, Susan?


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Susan I see a new book has appeared on NetGalley - very exciting!


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